Announcements, Featured - August 24, 2023
Wear it Purple has special meaning for Intereach
The last Friday in August each year is a day of celebration and reflection for so many of our LGBTQIA+ community –creating safe spaces for rainbow youth in schools, universities, workplaces and public spaces.
It is why the Intereach team is a proud supporter of Wear it Purple Day.
At Intereach, our Reach Out and Relax (ROAR) program seeks to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people, providing early intervention to those at risk of developing a mental health issue.
ROAR supports young people discovering their sexuality. The Intereach ROAR team created Rainbow Leo (ROAR lion mascot) to send a message to young people that all identities are welcome and supported.
Child, Family and Community Worker Tiffany takes up the story.
“In my role, I had the privilege of attending Hay Rainbow on the Plains in 2022. In preparation for the event, I was prompted by my Program Manager on what I wanted to achieve with ROAR attending this special event,” Tiffany said.
“I knew instantly I wanted children, youth and their families, along with the whole community to know that when they saw our logo, program name or anything affiliated with our program that we were an inclusive and safe service for all.
Tiffany - ROAR worker
“I wanted them to know that we would provide support, no matter how they identified or what their sexual preferences were and that they would be heard, acknowledged and respected.”
Since launching, Rainbow Leo has been seen out and about in our communities resulting in families making contact with Intereach to access support for their children who identify as an LGBTQIA+ member.
We are proud to support the LGBTQIA+ and have Wear it Purple Day as a key day of observation at Intereach.