Uniting helps spread message of inclusion

Thursday, 7th September, 2017

Uniting Care’s Caroline Goldstone and Geanina Gaftoi will be at the Community Markets on Saturday to provide information on their services. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Uniting Care’s Caroline Goldstone and Geanina Gaftoi will be at the Community Markets on Saturday to provide information on their services. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

Service provider Uniting says it is a champion of LGBTI inclusion and proud to be participating in the Broken Heel Festival over the weekend.

As a service provider in the areas of early learning, aged care, family services, disability, community services and chaplaincy, Uniting is also a leading advocate for the needs of LGBTI communities. 

Uniting will host a stall at the popular Broken Heel Community Markets to be held on Saturday at Sturt Park.

Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to visit the Uniting stall to ask questions about its many services across NSW and the ACT, or just pop by for a chat. 

“Uniting is proud to stand with LGBTI communities including our customers, staff and visitors and actively celebrate difference,” Uniting Service Manager Riverina, Central West, Far West Home & Community Care, Polly Lindon.

“Each of our services, from aged care through to chaplaincy, is backed by an organisation-wide commitment to inclusion and diversity. We welcome all people irrespective of sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or intersex status.

“We know that the experience of people who identify as members of the LGBTI communities in rural areas can be vastly different to those in the CBD where there are greater levels of support.

“There is great drive and momentum within the aged care, wellness and support services sector to meet the needs of this community and to truly be safe and welcoming for the LGBTI communities.”

Uniting is a foundation member of ACON’s new inclusion program, Pride in Health and Wellbeing, and has been a member of Pride in Diversity for many years. Uniting was awarded the Rainbow Tick for its aged and corporate services in 2015 and is undertaking accreditation for the whole of Uniting in 2018. 

Uniting works to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice through its visibility and advocacy at this annual event.