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1 Freedom Centre is a Project of the WA AIDS Council Best Practice for Freedom and Living Proud: Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion in Western Australia by Dani Wright

2 Freedom Centre The Freedom Centre provides safe social spaces, peer support, information and referrals for same sex attracted and sex & gender diverse young people (under 26). A youth owned service staffed by trained peer volunteers with support from the WA AIDS Council Funded by the WA Mental Health Commission as an early intervention and prevention program and was originally funded as the ‘Here For Life Youth Sexuality Project’ as part of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy

3 FC Objectives To decrease the emotional, social and cognitive isolation frequently associated with realising a same sex attraction and/or diverse sex or gender To empower young people with diverse sexuality, sex and gender to enhance their health and well-being To decrease negative attitudes towards same sex attracted and gender diverse young people in the wider community To increase and support the range of health, education and counselling services available which are inclusive and reflect a knowledge and skill base appropriate to DSGY

4 FC Services Drop-in centre: GenderQ ATSI Qspace, SkillShare FC Online Services: online community forum, information, tumblr, glossary, links directory Professional development and training Information provision & health promotion Consultancy & Advocacy

5 FC Peer Model Peer support and education strengthens the protective role that friends would usually provide Peer Based Programs make significant achievements in areas such as community engagement and mobilisation; development resiliency, coping and help seeking skills; building healthy peer norms and role models; maintaining credibility and relevance of programs; and sustainability with limited funding At the core of Peer Based youth programs is meaningful youth participation & empowerment

6 Needs Collect evidence of FC’s effective work To get further funding we need to prove that FC is having a positive impact and meeting our objectives Maintain best practice at FC

7 Background POSSAY 1 - clearly defined and documented model of peer-based support and education POSSAY 2 - develop and trial practice based standards for peer based health promotion programs with a focus on SSAY My Peer – good practice standards for the design, implementation, evaluation and sustainability of youth peer programs

8 My Peer Toolkit - mypeer.org.au

9 Evaluation Framework Why? 1. Presenting Issues FC Objectives To decrease the emotional, social and cognitive isolation To empower young people to enhance their health and well- being To decrease negative attitudes towards same sex attracted and gender diverse young people in the wider community How? 2. FC Peer Group Factors What? How do we know? Impacts on FC Visitors Most Significant Changes & Impacts for reporting & feedback 3. Social Connectedness and Community Engagement 4. Help Seeking 5. Mental & Physical Wellbeing

10 Most Significant Change Qualitative, participatory monitoring and evaluation of FC Services Collects stories of change Reviews and selects stories and anecdotes from evaluation data according to most significance for those at FC

11 Evaluation & Monitoring Qus How are we doing? - What’s working well? Is there anything you would have done differently? What could we be doing better? What news and strategies do we need the whole team to be aware of? What was the Most Significant Change shown for visitors in the drop-in session?

12 Benefits, Outcomes & Challenges Focus on service objectives Strategies and Actions for service provision Shared knowledge in the FC Team Volunteer and staff satisfaction increased Training and development of volunteers Supervision of volunteers formalised Collating presenting issues as evidence Challenge: data collection, analysis and collation are time-consuming and specialist skills

13 FC Volunteers said; “It actually helps us realise the difference we’re making and we get a clearer picture of how the visitors are progressing, so it’s way more rewarding as a volunteer” “It jogs my memory and gets me thinking about things that were said that I wouldn’t have thought twice about, but the framework makes me realise it’s significance”

14 Qualitative Evaluation “FC provided a fair few ranks in the ladder that i used to crawl outta big black hole called depression. i was at the lowest point in my life when i came to FC and it has remained one of the few constant positives in my life.” “FC gave me hope” “FC made me united with a community I'm proud of” “Coming to FC made me more confident to be myself.” “ As cheesy as it sounds, FC saved my life.”

15 Gay & Lesbian Community Services GLCS was established in 1974 as the Homosexual Counselling and Information Service of WA. Funded recurrently by Health Department of WA Community made and lead - Volunteer Board of Management, phone counsellors, facilitators, trainers. 0.4FTE Admin and approx. 25 peer volunteers 0.8FTE Opening Closets Mental Health Training 0.6FTE Living Proud Community Coordinator

16 GLCS Services Telephone Peer Counselling Line Opening Closets Trainings – 2012/13 WOW Course Personal Perspectives talks Info and resources Policy consultancy and advocacy Living Proud Suicide Prevention project 2012/13

17 Living Proud Action Plan Community events – picnics, fitness, Pride ASIST and SafeTALK trainings Diversity Forums Arts initiatives & Documentary Community Group Safety Checklist Community campaign & pledges

18 Community Champions Campaign

19 Community Champions Pledge

20 Living Proud: Key Outcomes 1.Increased Awareness & Knowledge about LGBTI Suicide Prevention 2.Improved LGBTI Community Connection & Social Support 3.Increased safety and decreased discrimination within LGBTI Community/s

21 www.freedom.org.au www.mypeer.org.au www.waaids.com www.glcs.org.au www.livingproud.org.au


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