Introducing Rainbow Connection - a Thorne Harbour Health Peer Based Service for older members of our LGBTIQ community
Thorne Harbour Health has a long history of working within, and for, the Lesbian, Gay, Bi Sexual, Trans gender, Intersex, Queer and sexuality and gender diverse communities. Thorne Harbour Health remain a community controlled organisation to best serve our community.
Thorne Harbour Health were the Victorian AIDS Council, founded in 1983 during a time of great fear and stigma, born out of community activism in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. As a result of vast improvements to treatments for HIV, in recent years Thorne Harbour Health have expanded their work within the LGBTIQ communities and offer a broad range of services for the overall queer community.
Why the change of name?
Rainbow Connection is an LGBTIQ specific service for older members of our community. It is designed to reduce social isolation among senior members within our diverse community, where LGBTIQ volunteers provide social support, including visits to your home and outings to have a coffee and a chat.
The project was originally aimed at people aged 55 and over, living in their own home or an aged care facility. However since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rainbow Connection has expanded to support any member of the LGBTIQ who needs assistance.
- regular phone support from LGBITQ volunteers
- help with food deliveries
- advice on housing.
For more information, call 1800 961 780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whilst Rainbow Connection is an age specific service, Thorne Harbour Health has a vast range of services and activities for the LGBTIQ communities regardless of age. Our programs and projects are designed to be inclusive of diversity and include, but are not limited to:
- clinical services
- women's health
- social supports
- indigenous health and wellbeing
- peer education
- alcohol and other drugs services
- trans health
- family violence
- HIV services
Please visit the Thorne Harbour website
for full details.