The Open Doors Reconnect Program is for LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy identifying young people aged 12 to 18 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness as well as at risk of disengaging with community.
We aim to support you to stablise your living situation and provide early intervention to support you to find safe living arrangements. This may include finding accommodation short/long term, supporting in providing mediation with parents, schools and other family members as well as advocacy and providing referrals and links to safe and supportive services.
We do this by:
- Case Management
- Individual support with one of our Youth Workers
- Goal setting
- Supporting young people to access supports in the community
- Referring young people to services that can provide additional supports
- Help you to do housing, employment, education applications
- Safe space to find help
Accessing the Reconnect Program
Any service provider can refer a young person or family who they think would benefit from the Reconnect Program. Parents/Guardians can refer their childfor support and young people can also refer themselves to the program. A referral form isnt required but can often be helpful for us to allocate you the most appropriate staff member to help you.
- Phone – contact (07) 3257 7660 during business hours
- Email – email email@example.com
Open Doors staff will book you in to see one of our Youth Workers at the earliest time possible after receiving your call or referral.
The Reconnect Program is funded by Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) for more information about the program and other Reconnect services please visit the FaHCSIA Reconnect website.
Social Support Groups
Meet other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse, intersex and queer young people in a safe and friendly environment where everyone can be themselves without judgement or expectation.
Reconnect Drop In Group
For LGBTIQAP+ Brotherboy and Sistergirl young people aged 12 to 17
- Wednesday 3:00pm – 6.00 pm
For Gender Diverse and/or Transgender Young People aged 12-24
- Saturdays: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month 11am – 2pm
Young and Proud
For LGBTIQAP+ Brotherboy and Sistergirl young people aged 18-24
- Fridays: Every second and forth Friday 1pm-4pm
** Please Note: Young people must attend a separate Intake appointment prior to coming along to the social space. Please contact one of our friendly workers to organise this appointment by calling (07)32577660 during business hours to arrange this.
Drop-in is a relaxed and casual space where you can participate as little or as much as you like! Here you can find:
- Information and resources about coming out, identity, sexual health, relationships and parents
- Gay community magazines (Q News and Queensland Pride)
- Learning life skills.
- Information about LGBT community events and other LGBT activities
- Computers with internet access
- Meals and food donated by the Metropolitan Community Church & Dikes on Bikes.
- Meet new people and make friends
- Someone to talk to who understands sexuality and gender identity!
- Create community
PRIDE Art Therapy
The PRIDE Art Therapy program launched in 2017 with Open Doors Youth Service is the first of its kind. The purpose of the project is to support LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy young people between the ages of 12-24 and their mental health and wellbeing, encouraging them to live healthy empowered lives through connecting them to community and culture through the use of artistic activities and exercises. The program encourages young people to express themselves in healthy, safe ways.
This ground-breaking program is run weekly over 10 Organisations around South East Queensland to over 70+ young people. In total the program has supported over 1600 young people over 12 months and has proven to be one of the most successful programs run at Open Doors Youth Service. Unfortunately funding for this program has ceased (and the Mental Health Commission is unable to fund the same program twice) so we would love to keep it going. If you’d like to give our LGBTIQAP+ Brotherboy and Sistergirl young people the valuable opportunity to improve mental health and wellbeing, ultimately assisting connection with their peers and community through our incredible Creative Arts Therapy Program, please consider a donation to continue this important work. To help save this program please head to: https://www.givenow.com.au/pride-art-therapy-exhibition
The Jellybeans program relies entirely on donations to help provide a program to young people specifically supporting gender diverse and transgender young people aged 12-24. Open Doors Youth Service provides a social support group twice a month, a Youth Worker as well as many other supports such as Binders, clothing, books and much much more. This is one of our most popular and successful programs and is so important. There are very few safe social groups specifically for young people who are gender diverse and transgender and we really work hard to keep it a safe, inclusive and fun space. Donations would significantly help to keep the group continuing, allow us to provide outings for the young people to help build confidence in the young people as well as continue to provide support in other ways as mentioned above. To support this program, please head to: https://www.givenow.com.au/saveourjellybean
Queerosity is an annual youth LGBTIQ festival.
Queeriosity is a queer youth extravaganza of art, music, culture and community – created by, and for, sexually & gender diverse young people! The event is focused on engaging with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Gender Queer, Queer, Questioning, Label Free & Same-Sex Attracted young people aged under 25…supported by the wider Queer community!
As a National Youth Week festival, Queeriosity is a celebration of the diversity of LGBTQI young people, under 25. This drug and alcohol free event will display some of the best queer & alternative talent Brisbane and beyond has to offer, with a smorgasbord of artistic and musically gifted peeps parading their skills.
Queeriosity will present a broad array of performances and entertainment from across the artistic spectrum, including:
In addition to this, a marketplace of community stalls and information booths will be on display, enabling local queer/queer-friendly businesses, organisations and services the opportunity to makes themselves known to all attendees.
And, if your taste buds require further tantalising… a free meat/vegetarian BBQ feast will also be on offer to all, with water and beverages available throughout the day.
Watch the events page for event information
As a safe space, Queeriosity is a drug, alcohol & discrimination-free zone.
One on One Support
Open Doors has youth workers who have lived experience. They get what it is like to be a part of the LGBTIQ community and are here to help.
This is also a great opportunity to find out what Open Doors can do to support you especially if you are:
- Homeless or have unstable accommodation
- Having problems at home
- Having problems at school
- Need help applying for Centrelink
- looking for a job or wanting to get some training
- Struggle with mental health stuff
- Doctors and Dentist (physical health)
- Sexual Health
- Struggling with thought
- Wanting to make friends
- Need help making some tough decisions.
- Needing advice or someone to talk to about drug and alcohol use.
For more information about what support we can give you, please (LINK CONTACT US)
Alcohol and Drug Support Service
Open Doors Youth Service provides one on one and group alcohol and drug support to young people who are between the ages of 12-25 years who live in South East Queensland. The program allows young LGBTIQAP+ Brotherboy and Sistergirl people, their families, community and other support people to refer young people to the program. The program also supports the families of LGBTIQAP+ Brotherboy and Sistergirl young people. The program has a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander work who understands the needs of LGBTIQAP+ Brotherboy and Sistergirl young people within the community.
For more information about what support we can give you, please (LINK CONTACT US)
When life gets tough
Open Doors provides support to young LGBTIQ people who maybe struggling with mental health concerns. These concerns can be as simple as wanting help in coming out through to being supported around a known mental health condition.
ODYS has qualified Psychologists and Counsellors that young people can access to be provided with ongoing support. Open Doors can also refer young people out to services such as Relationships Australia and Headspace.
CONTACT US (LINK)
Beyond Blue: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
Diverse Voices: http://diversevoices.org.au/
Phone: 1800 184 527
If it is an emergency please call 000
PRIDE Art Therapy Program
“The PRIDE Art Therapy program launched in 2017 with Open Doors Youth Service is the first of its kind. The purpose of the project is to support LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy young people between the ages of 12-24 and their mental health and wellbeing, encouraging them to live healthy empowered lives through connecting them to community and culture through the use of artistic activities and exercises. The program encourages young people to express themselves in healthy, safe ways.
This ground-breaking program is run weekly over 10 Organisations around South East Queensland to over 70+ young people. In total the program has supported over 1600 young people over 12 months and has proven to be one of the most successful programs run at Open Doors Youth Service.
Art Therapy is held every week at Open Doors – speak to one of our staff for more info!
If you’d like to give our LGBTIQAP+ Brotherboy and Sistergirl young people the valuable opportunity to improve mental health and wellbeing, ultimately assisting connection with their peers and community through our incredible Creative Arts Therapy Program, please consider a donation to continue this important work through our GiveNow website –https://www.givenow.com.au/organisation/public/321
National Suicide Prevention Trial (NSPT)
Increased Access to Psychological Services for the LGBTIQ+ Community
A suicide prevention trial in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay Region led by local community organisations will provide free psychological and case management services for the young LGBTIQAP+ community. The Centre for Human Potential is the lead agency for the activity, which is supported by Brisbane North PHN as a lead site for the National Suicide Prevention Trial. The Centre for Human Potential employed a psychologist to provide one-on-one support to young LGBTIQAP+ people at Open Doors Youth Service.
As part of the trial, psychologists and case managers will provide face-to-face, phone or online support to people facing a suicide crisis or who are experiencing the loss of a person to suicide. Anonymous data from those who agree participate in services delivered under the trial will be used to help improve suicide prevention services in the region. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ+ Brotherboy and Sistergirl participants can also access trauma-informed psychological support under the trial, including cultural healing retreats.
Appointments can be made by calling the Centre for Human Potential on 07 3211 1117 or by calling Open Doors Youth Service on 07 3257 7660
Appointments can be held at either:
· Open Doors Youth Service– 5 Green Square Close, Fortitude Valley
· The Centre for Human Potential – Level 8, 288 Edward Street, Brisbane City
Who can participate:
- LGBTIQ+ people, including Brotherboys and Sistergirls, aged 12 to 24 years
- Facing a suicide crisis or are affected by suicide
- Live, work or study in the Brisbane North PHN region OR are a participant in a Brisbane North region LGBTIQ+ organisation
- Participants who consent to participate in the trial receive psychological and case management services at no cost
- Participants also consent to providing anonymous data to the trial for use in improving suicide prevention activities.
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