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GLBT Wellness - A Community Collaboration
Ottawa-Carleton GLBT Wellness Project
Backgrounder
ONLINE:  WEDNESDAY APRIL 12, 2000.

THE Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered (GLBT) Wellness Project will identify, for the first time in Ottawa-Carleton, the wellness needs of local GLBT residents.  It will lay the foundation for actions to address these needs and for on-going partnerships between community-based health and wellness providers and groups and agencies within the GLBT community.  Most importantly, it will bring into the homes of GLBT people and their families information on wellness options and strategies, thereby contributing to the well being of more than 70,000 local residents.

The GLBT Wellness Project is a community-based survey to determine the wellness needs of the GLBT community and to document existing wellness resources available to GLBT residents of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton (RMOC).  The GLBT Wellness Project is a Pink Triangle Services (PTS) sponsored community project in collaboration with the GLBT Health Task Group, funded by the RMOC and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, with a funding proposal pending with the Millennium Bureau of Canada.

The results of the project will provide important information about the GLBT community and its wellness needs to:

  • local residents and groups in the GLBT community,
  • public health planners,
  • educators,
  • local wellness agencies,
  • service providers and spiritual counselors, and
  • local, provincial and federal departments of health and social services.

The project should take a year to complete and will produce a GLBT wellness handbook and web site, providing extensive information on local resources to meet GLBT wellness needs.  Moreover, the project should contribute to the breaking down of homophobic and transphobic barriers that interfere with access to culturally appropriate wellness services for GLBT people and their families and friends by:

  • providing reliable information on wellness services options;
  • promoting wellness strategies which enhance the well-being of GLBT residents and their families; and
  • raising awareness of the need of GLBT residents and their family members for "safe" places of service delivery and ways to contribute to trust and security.

Messages

  • The GLBT Wellness Project is important to all GLBT people and their families and friends.
  • Wellness includes physical, mental, spiritual, sexual, intellectual, social, and emotional well being.
  • GLBT people and their families and friends need "safe space" from cradle to grave, in public and in the workplace.
  • GLBT wellness is a community challenge and helps to build a healthy community.
  • Partnerships between service providers and the GLBT community will breakdown barriers and contribute to "safe places."
  • There are many success stories and models for success.

Volunteers

Success of the project depends on active participation of GLBT community volunteers and community-based service providers.  Volunteers are needed for a range of activities, including:

  • Out-reach to multicultural and rural communities, youth, seniors and workplaces
  • Web Site development
  • Organizing workshops and focus groups and staffing information booths
  • Development and distribution of posters, brochures and the survey
  • Liaison with service providers and GLBT community organizations, and
  • Multi-language translation services

For more information:

Call:  Xtension line yet to be determined
E-mail:  wellness@pinktrinagle.org
Web:  www.pinktriangle.org/wellness
Subscribe to the Wellness Project list: www.onelist.com/group/glbthealth.