Glenview takes pride in supporting an inclusive community

As a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI)-inclusive facility, Glenview Community Services is a proud supporter of the 2015 TasPride Festival, which kicks off for another year this November.

This year, the festival is celebrating the depth and diversity of talent in the Tasmanian LGBTI community and encouraging acceptance and equality in our society.

As part of the festival, Glenview will be hosting a screening of Gen Silent, a 2011 documentary which addresses what identifying with the LGBTI community means amongst todays older population on Friday, 6 November 2015.

The film tackles issues such as older LGBTI people fearing discrimination as well as bullying and abuse, which in turn creates a life of ageing in silence.

Glenview CEO Lucy OFlaherty said the documentary captured the stigma attached to LGBTI people in our ageing population.

There is a lack of communication around this topic in the older population and we see it more in smaller communities such as Tasmania, Ms OFlaherty said

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive aged care provider, and while we acknowledge attitudes have changed to acceptance worldwide on this topic over the years, in Tasmania we have only begun to see these changes in the past 15 years, and at Glenview we aim to catch the Tasmanian community up to the rest of the world.

With the roll out of LGBTI Consumer Directed Care Packages earlier this year, Glenview is committed to creating a positive environment for all customers, and is committed to innovation in the aged and community care industry through working collaboratively with LGBTI organisations and the communities.

With the implementation of Consumer Directed Care we are able to encourage customers to make their own choices, with customers sharing with us their own goals and how they want their package tailored, which we take pride in helping them achieve, Ms OFlaherty said.

This allows all of our customers to choose the everyday life choices and activities they desire, and enables us to provide support to activities to participate in, that makes our customers feel empowered.

In recognition of their inclusive practices, Glenview was announced a winner at The Dorothies in 2012/13 for inclusive workplace practices. The aim of these awards are to recognise Tasmanian communities and workplaces that are leading the way with inclusivity for LGBTI Tasmanians.