LGBTIQ - Support and Protection Services Inc
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LGBTIQ - SUPPORT & PROTECTION SERVICES INC. (LGBTIQ - S&P) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 2014 by Tom Conley (Managing Director, Founder & CEO) and incorporated in 2016. We are a unique organisation as we are not limited to a specific community services sector, therefore, we are in a position to be able to assist the community where it is urgently needed and that align with the capabilities are of our team.
We currently have 40 catchments throughout Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales and we are always looking at new areas to grow our organisation further.
We are rapidly expanding our services and programs, as well as partnering with other organisations to help people within the community and assist people to reach their goals.
We assist other community organisations to provide a suite of confidential and community support services through our Alpha Zulu Program (AZP). Our clients are people with psychosocial and physical health difficulties and we assist them to better manage the challenges of everyday life in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
Our focus is to assist those that are most in need of support. Our approach utilises the unique perspectives of direct personal life experiences of each of our volunteers; all who have had their psychological or physical disability challenges.
Our volunteers are people from all kinds of backgrounds who have overcome challenges and are now equipped to better support and empathise with the needs of the people we help. Direct experience is powerful and real; it is not learnt from a textbook, and we use these experiences to better support and understand those we help. Through this direct experience, our volunteers are better able to empathise, support and aid people who are in a comparable situation. We have 'walked in the shoes' of the people we help, we understand the impacts these challenges can have, and we understand what support is actually required.
Organisation values Honesty, Loyalty, Trust, Respect, Courage, Integrity & EQUALITY.
We recruit members to our organisation who have been through psychological, social and physical health concerns (real life and lived experience).
The lived experiences of our members & volunteers means we can offer greater empathy, understanding, advice and a unique personalised service relevant to each client.
We value the direct experience of our volunteers, who have 'walked in the shoes' of those we help at some point in their own lives. We focus on the integrity, passion and commitment of our volunteers to our organisational values whilst delivering a personalised service to our clients, rather than a list of qualifications a volunteer has accumulated on their CV.
We CARE because we have been there ourselves and want to help!
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