WORKING It Out (WIO), Tasmania’s gender, sexuality and intersex status support and education service, is offering a special Tasmanian COVID-19 initiative, ‘Working It Out Together’.
The program draws on the resilience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people and provides a mechanism for people to support each other.
The main features are:
A special webpage with details, links and resources, www.workingitout.org.au.
A process to allow LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians to put their hand up to get extra support during this crisis and/or to help out.
A one-stop place for LGBTIQ+ and Tasmanian-specific COVID-19 related resources which will be continually updated as new information comes in.
The program will be the perfect place to find the latest information to stay connected through a range of online and offline activities and groups, and to stay healthy through advice and links.
LGBTIQ+ people sometimes have more limited options to connect with others and seek support, especially in more regional and remote parts of Tasmania.
This may shrink even further with the current conditions that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Uncertainty about whether services and people are inclusive, understanding and respectful can also mean LGBTIQ+ people don’t seek help as often as they should or don’t get the right kind of help when they do ask.
The program provides connection, support and assistance that is accepting and inclusive.
For more information or to register for the individual support and peer group options, visit www.workingitout.org.au or phone 6231 1200.