LGBTIQ - A gender diverse community is good for everyone

Crowd scene with the rainbow flag and balloons

Sacred Heart Mission has always aimed to be a place that embraces a gender diverse community.

It has been the norm that people who identify with the LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Intersex and Queer/Questioning) community have lived in our Aged Care residencies or at our Rooming House, accessed our Women's Services, frequented our engagement hubs, and received support via our case management programs.

Due to a growing understanding of the complexity of sexual and gender diversity and fluidity, plus the potential barriers to accessibility, in 2015 SHM formed a LGBTIQ working group to focus on access, equity and response issues to clients who identify with the LGBTIQ community.

Since its conception, this group has focussed on educating staff on how we ensure LGBTIQ clients are welcomed and not discriminated against.The LGBTIQ working group has also developed a project plan to work toward gaining the QIP Rainbow Tick standards.

This is an exciting project because it will require us to consider client accessibility, as well as impact our People and Strategy, including People and Culture processes and initiatives. Staff have already undergone significant diversity training and a recruitment drive has led to interest from all divisions of the Mission, to ensure a comprehensive and inclusive process, considering client issues, human resources developments, and impact on our strategic thinking and developments.

Our progress in this area will be monitored via our quality improvement process, included in our annual diversity planning, and signed off by our Executive and Board.

0128,000Meals served through our meals program over the last year
070959Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
06,476Responses at our Women’s House over the last year
Sacred Heart Mission respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate our services. We pay our respects to the ongoing living cultures of Aboriginal peoples, and to Elders past, present and future.
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