SCIN Inc has partnered with Wellways Australia (Gippsland branch) to deliver free lived experience speaker training to members of the LGBTIQ community who wish to tell their stories to advocate for LGBTIQ inclusive mainstream services in Gippsland. Due to the lack of LGBTIQ specific services in rural and regional towns, LGBTIQ people are often called upon to speak publicly about their lived experiences of being LGBTIQ and accessing local services. These stories can be challenging to tell and triggering for some due to trauma and feelings of social isolation.
This project aims to develop an online peer support portal accessible through the SCIN website (scin.org.au) to provide peer support and educational resources to LGBTIQ people who participate in the Wellways Lived Experience training (currently being transitioned to an online format). The estimated cost of developing this portal is $5000.