What’s happening at Open Doors?
Services at Open Doors Youth Service are for young people aged 12-24 years old who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual, Pansexual, Sistergirl, Brotherboy + (LGBTIQAP+ SG & BB).
Please note – to attend these groups, an initial INTAKE appointment is required. Please call our office during business hours to arrange this with one of our Youth Workers – the appointment will take approx. 30 mins and every young person is required to do this initially to ensure safety of the groups and for us to be able to provide you further information.
Check the monthly group schedule for details on the groups and events coming up – These are not posted publicly, but given to Open Doors clients. Contact us if you’d like a copy.
- Drop In – Every Wednesday afternoon at Open Doors for 12-17 years old in the rainbow community.
- Young and Proud – 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at Open Doors or in the Community for 18-24 years old in the rainbow community.
- Jellybeans – 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at Open Doors or in the community for 12-24 years old who identify as transgender, gender diverse, gender queer, gender non-conforming or gender questioning.
- Art Group – Every Wednesday for 12-24 years old in the rainbow community.
- Workshops including Music Workshop, Cooking Workshop, Job-Ready Workshop – check out the Group Schedule for details.
- Yarning Circle – every school holidays for 12-24 years old Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Young People in the rainbow community.
- Open Doors collaborates with other LGBTIQAP+ groups in Youth Spaces around South East Queensland.
What do our Groups look like?
Groups at Open Doors are a relaxed and casual space where you can participate in many things across the different groups.
During groups you can access:
- Information and resources about coming out, identity, sexual health, healthy relationships and much more
- The opportunity to participate in many workshops during the groups
- Learn new life skills
- Information about LGBTIQAP+ community events
- Our clothing, food and toiletries donations
- Meet new people and make friends
- Someone to talk to who understands sexuality, sex and gender identity
- A community where you can build a support network
- Guest Speakers and Panels
- Outings in the community including but definitely not limited to – movies, mini golf, laser tag, bowling, art galleries, arcades and local events
- Giveaways, prizes, competitions and much more!
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 stabilise 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
The Reconnect Program includes Drop In, our weekly social group for ages 12-17 year olds.
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.
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. In addition to the weekly groups, Art Therapy is also offered in an one on one capacity by our resident Arts Therapist, Mikarla Teague at no cost to the young person.
The Jellybeans program supports young people who identify as gender queer, gender queestioning, gender non-conforming, gender diverse or 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, resources, support 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 we really work hard to keep it a safe, inclusive and fun space. Jellybeans is run completely on donations from community and grants to keep this going. Depending on funding, Jellybeans coordinates social outings at times throughout the year which in turn provides fun outings to community events and helps with the confidence of our young people in a safe space.
Alcohol and Other Drug Program
Open Doors Youth Service provides one on one and group alcohol and drug support to young people who are between the ages of 12-24 years who live in South East Queensland. The program allows young LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people, their families, community and other support people to refer young people to the program. The program also supports the families of LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy young people. The program has a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander worker who understands the needs of LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy young people within the community and also has a Youth Worker with years of experience in the Alcohol and Other Drug areas.
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 LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy 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 Sistergirls and Brotherboys aged 12 to 24 years
- Those facing a suicide crisis or are affected by suicide
- Those who 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.
This activity is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the PHN Program
Watch this space for news on any upcoming public events at Open Doors
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 LGBTIQAP+ 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 navigating your way through services including financial assistance, housing, employment, study and much more
- looking for a job or wanting to get some training
- Struggling with your mental health
- Doctors and Dentists (your physical health)
- Sexual Health
- Struggling with thoughts
- 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)
Accessing Support at Open Doors – Referral Process
For anyone interested in attending any of our groups or receiving one on one support – you are required to complete an initial intake appointment which takes approximately half an hour.
Any service provider can refer a young person who they think would benefit from any of our programs either by calling our office to arrange a time for the young person to be seen or by completing the referral form at the bottom of this page.
Parents/Guardians/Carers and Friends
Guardians and friends can refer the young person for support at any time by giving us a call, ensuring the young person has consented for you to do so.
You can refer yourself to our programs at any time by calling the office to speak to one of our friendly Youth Workers.
We may ask a few questions on the phone which is helpful for us to allocate you the most appropriate Youth Worker to help you such as which programs you’re interested in, your age and what area do you currently live in. 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.