Conference Stream: Ageing and Aged Care
Presenter: Leanne Renfree, Ann Matson
Presentation Title: Improving community connections for older LGBTI people across Australia through the Community Visitors Scheme.
Program schedule: Friday 14 August 2015 at 12:00
Duration: 15 mins
The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) CVS (Community Visitor Scheme) Network was formed in October 2014. The network is comprised of four organisations – the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC), Switchboard Victoria, Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Service Inc in WA and the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON).
These organisations have been funded to deliver a volunteer based home visiting service for older LGBTI people through the Federal Government’s CVS Expansion program.
The aim of the CVS is to reduce isolation and improve community connectedness for older Australians in receipt of Home Care Packages. The network member organisations have agreed to work together to identify and share best practice strategies and to provide a national voice for the LGBTI CVS programs.
This presentation will explore the challenges of setting up the LGBTI visitor programs – the common issues across all four organisations as well as their individual challenges. We will also look at the impact and benefits of the program on both volunteers and visit recipients.