Uniting AgeWell recognises that ageing is a unique and important experience for people from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTIQA+) community.
At Uniting AgeWell, we celebrate the contributions LGBTIQA+ staff, volunteers and clients have made to our communities over decades, and support the right of LGBTIQA+ people to have equitable access to high quality, culturally appropriate aged care.
Since 2014, we have been working to incorporate LGBTIQA+-inclusive practice into our residential and community services; work that was recognised with a prestigious Dorothies Award in 2016.
We provide LGBTIQA+ training to staff and have sought to engage the entire organisation – from the board, executives and staff to volunteers and clients – in our vision to become LGBTIQA+ inclusive.
Work on our LGBTIQA+ strategy is ongoing. The ultimate goal is to gain Rainbow Tick accreditation, signifying we have worked to make our services welcoming of the LGBTIQA+ community and able to meet their needs.
Uniting AgeWell shares the Uniting Church’s spirit of embracing diversity, respecting differences, being open to discuss controversial issues and what it means to be inclusive of all people.
Meet Uniting AgeWell volunteer, Tracy Barron – a remarkable and inspirational woman who radiates kindness and honesty.
During Pride Month, the feisty 71-year-old is telling her life story just like it is, in order to encourage people from all walks of life to accept and embrace who they are.
Tracy, who is proud to be part of an organisation that has inclusion as one of its core values and which champions and celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community, is also using this opportunity to encourage people to enrich their own lives – and those of others – by volunteering.