Friendship and community connections for older LGBTI Victorians
**COVID-19 update: our service continues with the option of in person visits or virtual / phone / mail contact. Volunteer visitors are trained in COVID-19 infection control. New referrals to use our service are still welcomed at this time**
Out & About is a free program of Switchboard Victoria especially for older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) people. We aim to reduce social isolation and loneliness through creating peer friendships and community connections. Our service can be used by LGBTI seniors anywhere in Victoria.
Out & About facilitates friendship between LGBTI seniors and peer volunteer visitors. Our experienced staff match participants and volunteers based on shared interests and hobbies, and support both people to stay engaged and connected over time. We facilitate regular fortnightly catch ups for mutually enjoyable activities or hobbies, such as chatting over the phone, having coffee or tea at home or in a cafe, going for walks, seeing films, attending LGBTI community events and much more. Our service is friendly, caring and supportive. Please note Out & About is strictly not a dating or sexual service.
We welcome all eligible people to use our service, but especially encourage referrals from those who find it hard to leave the house, who live with disability and / or chronic health conditions including HIV or dementia, from people who access aged care services including residential aged care (nursing homes), live rurally or regionally, are trans or gender diverse, women, intersex, bisexual, Indigenous, multicultural or veterans.
Out & About is grateful to our major funders: Australian Government Department of Health and RACV Community Foundation. Out & About is a specialist LGBTI service of the Federal Government’s Community Visitors Scheme.
To use our service you must be:
- lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual or questioning, AND
- live anywhere in Victoria, AND
- Assessed for or receiving a Home Care Package at home, OR Living in residential aged care.
Note: we previously had a limited number of additional places for people aged 60+ (50+ Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander, living with HIV or trans / gender diverse) however these places have since filled up. You can however contact us to be put on a waiting list in case more places arise. Other services similar to Out & About are listed below.
For a confidential discussion regarding our service please call 0466 218 921, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail PO Box 21291 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne 8011. You can make a referral for yourself or someone else through the link below.