Out & About
A free service reducing social isolation in the LGBTI community
What is Out & About?
Out & About is a peer service connecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) people across Victoria. Out & About aims to alleviate social isolation and loneliness experienced by some older LGBTI people who access aged care services. We do this by creating community connections and encouraging (intergenerational) friendships.
Out & About connects friendly volunteer visitors to people living at home or in aged care as part of the national Community Visitors Scheme. We match our volunteer visitors with LGBTI seniors based on shared interests and hobbies. The pair then engage in regular visits every week or fortnight, usually based at the senior’s home. These visits could include social activities together such as sharing stories, 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.
Any member of the LGBTI service can access our service, whether or not they are open about their LGBTI status. Out & About staff and volunteers respect the privacy of clients. Social visits can occur inside or outside the house.
People of any age are eligible for our free service if they:
1. Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or questioning (LGBTI), AND
2. Live anywhere in Victoria, AND
3. Have been assessed for / are currently receiving a Home Care Package
are currently living in a Government funded aged care home (also known as a nursing home or residential care).