A free service connecting older LGBTI Victorians
**Coronavirus / COVID-19 update: our service continues uninterrupted and is still taking new referrals. In person visits are temporarily replaced by weekly phone calls, letters, emails, video calls, texts or other mutually agreeable contact methods.**
Out & About is a peer service connecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) people across Victoria. We are a free community visitors program run specifically for older members of the LGBTI community. We aim to reduce social isolation and loneliness by creating community connections and facilitating peer friendships.
Out & About connects older people who would benefit from increased social connections with friendly and trained volunteer visitors. Our matched clients and visitors engage in regular visits every week or fortnight, either at home or another location. These social visits could include having a chat over coffee or tea, watching a film, attending a community event, participating in a hobby, game or any other enjoyable social activity.
We especially welcome applications to use our service from senior LGBTI people who find it hard to leave the house, and who live with disability or chronic health conditions.
Out & About is grateful to our major funders: Australian Government Department of Health and RACV Community Foundation. Out & About is a specialist LGBTIQA+ service of the Federal Government’s Community Visitors Scheme, a national service aiming to connect older people with increased social connections and friendships.
Referrals are easy and kept in the strictest confidence. You can refer yourself or someone else to our service. You don’t have to be “out” as LGBTI to use our service, we take privacy and confidentiality very seriously. We welcome all referrals but in particular from people who are socially isolated, live with disability (including dementia), access aged care services, live rurally or regionally, are transgender or gender diverse, intersex, bisexual, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, multicultural, veterans, women, or live with HIV.
- LGBTI (or questioning), AND
- live anywhere in Victoria, including rural/regional, AND
- One of the following:
- Living at home receiving / assessed for a Home Care Package, or
- Living in Government-subsidised Residential Aged Care, or
- aged 60+ (50+ if Indigenous, HIV+ or trans or gender diverse). Please note there are a limited number of places available for those not accessing a Home Care Package or living in Residential Aged Care.