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Building Bridges a strategy to ensure older GLBTI people are able to enjoy a rewarding quality of life. Mr Graham Lovelock Chairperson - GLBTI Retirement Association Incorporated Associate Professor Barbara Horner Director – Centre for Research on Ageing Curtin University of Technology.

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Building Bridgesa strategy to ensure older GLBTI people are able to enjoy a rewarding quality of life

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Mr Graham LovelockChairperson - GLBTI Retirement Association IncorporatedAssociate Professor Barbara HornerDirector – Centre for Research on AgeingCurtin University of Technology

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Who and what is GRAI

GRAI was established in August 2005

GRAI is a community-based, not-for- profit organisation

GRAI aims to work with stakeholders to address the retirement and aged care needs of older GLBTI people

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Why building bridges?

  • At present, we do not see ourselves as a retirement living or aged care provider or developer.

  • However, five years from now, that may be an option we are able to consider!

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What does GRAI want to achieve?

  • The creation of accessible and sustainable retirement living, aged care and community services that specifically cater for the needs of older people of diverse sexualities and gender identities.

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Vision and Mission


    Older GLBTI will enjoy a rewarding quality of life.


    To create a responsive and inclusive mature age environment that promotes and supports a quality life for older people of diverse sexualities and gender identities.

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Our Values

  • Dignity

  • Diversity

  • Respect

  • Well-being

  • Health

  • Self-worth

  • Excellence

  • Community

  • Choice

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Themes and Priorities

  • Capacity Building

  • Community Representation

  • Awareness and Education

  • Leadership

  • Advocacy & Lobbying

  • Service Provision

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  • Activities

    • Capacity Building

      • Collect meaningful data to determine level and nature of need

      • Build membership

      • Communicate effectively with members

      • Grow financial sustainability

    • Community Representation

      • Establish membership penetration

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  • Strategies

    • Access data from 2006 census

    • Survey community to establish need

    • Articles in relevant publications

    • Build strategic alliances with other community organisations (GLBTI and non-GLBTI)

    • Target relevant events to members

    • Increase marketing literature

    • Ensure regular newsletters

    • Establish member email/web connection

    • Continuous improvement strategy for Website

    • Establish major fundraising Lawn Bowls event with corporate sponsorship “Pinking the Green!”

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  • Strategies (cont/d)

    • Member events with alliance partners

    • Annual events for members

    • Advertising on website

    • Establish sponsorship package

    • Annual GRAI public forum

    • Target quality presenters

    • Conduct targeted consultation sessions to establish the needs, interests, issues and challenges for older GLBTI people considering retirement and aged care options in Western Australia

    • Present at recognised State and National Conferences

    • Write short position papers of relevant issues for

      presentation to community groups

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Establishing the need


  • Series of 11 statements with selected responses SA-A-D-SD

  • Demographic data

    sexual orientation, language, employment status, age,

  • Invitation to offer suggestions and comments

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Establishing the need

Focus groups

  • What are key issues

  • How well are needs currently met

  • How can GRAI affectively advocate

  • What individual commitment are individuals prepared to make

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  • Summary of survey findings

    Sample 143

    male = 70, female = 68, trans = 3, intersex 1

    Age range

    > 30 = 17, 31-40 = 32, 41-50 = 46, 51-55 = 10, 56-60 = 16, 61-65 = 13, 66-70 = 5,

    71-75 = 2, 76-80 = 3

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Summary of survey findings – cont’d

  • While only 53 were currently looking or interested in retirement accommodation/living options

    • 132 were interested in retirement options in future

    • 111 concerned about discrimination within industry

    • 114 felt their needs would not be met

  • When thinking about retirement options:

    • 95 primary consideration was financial

    • 95 primary consideration was housing style

    • 90 primary consideration was location

    • 88 primary consideration was lifestyle/recreation

    • 124 primary consideration was acceptance of

      sexuality/same sex relationship

    • 43 interested for their parents

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Summary from Focus Groups

  • Issues of isolation, loss of partners

  • Lack of family/informal care networks

  • Lack of support groups

  • Wish to live among non-judgmental people

  • Choices and options like everyone else

  • Aged care facilities lack accommodation options

  • Attitudes of staff need to be changed

  • Training for staff

  • Be part of integrated communities

  • Acknowledge difference and cater for wants

    and needs

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Measurements of success

  • Response

    • Analysis of qualitative data from consultations

    • Analysis of quantitative data from community surveys

    • Increasing publicity in GLBTI and wider community

    • Number of articles published

    • Paper presented at AAG in 2006

    • Sexuality Paper at ACSWA state conference in 2007

    • Number of invited presentations

    • Profile at targeted community events

  • Partners

    • Engaging with and securing sponsors for events

    • Formal regular connections with partner organisations

    • Attracting sponsorship for events

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Measurements of success

  • Political interest

    • Provide a reliable measure of perceived unmet need within known community

    • Estimate of unmet need from wider community

  • Numbers

    • Achieve membership targets

      • 100 members end 2006

      • 150 members end 2007

      • 200 members end 2008

    • High recruitment and retention rate

    • Website hits

    • Achieve financial targets

    • Increasing percentage of income from sponsorship, advertisements, bequests

    • Increasing (not decreasing) numbers of members

    • Increasing requests for information

    • Quantity and quality of marketing information

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  • GRAI recognises there may be resistance due to ignorance, fear, denial, immaturity, community division and that this may be ‘invisible’.

  • Challenges may come from government, religious groups, the aged care sector, retirement associations, general community, local government, and other special interest groups.

  • Information will be disseminated widely, using a range of methods, and updated, through newsletters, website, journal articles, public forums, education sessions and other publications.

  • GRAI recognises that a lack of representation across a wide

    sector of the community may inhibit success and will work

    with like-minded groups to broaden its representation.

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Next steps

  • Sexuality in Ageing paper at ACSWA 2007 State Conference:

  • Research proposal with WA Centre for Health Promotion Research (Curtin University of Technology)

  • GRAI 2007 Community Forum – “Healthy GLBTI Ageing”

  • GLBTI ageing seat on WA Ageing Taskforce

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Working within not without the community

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Working within not without the community

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