The Safer Spaces program works with organizations to provide organizational assessments, professional development workshops, best practice resources, and policy consultations to create more inclusive and accessible programs, services, and businesses for the LGBTQ community.
Whenever you see the We are creating safer spaces together graphic, it is a commitment to the ongoing effort of taking an active role in creating accessible spaces for the LGBTQ2S communities. We encourage all LGBTQ people who see this graphic displayed to feel empowered to provide feedback and engage in discussions with these organisations to further their commitment to inclusiveness.
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Some of our previous partners:
Barrie Community Health Centre • Barrie Police Services • Catholic Family Services • Catulpa • Canadian Mental Health Association • Community Legal Clinic • CHATS – Community & Home Assistance to Seniors • Family TLC • Georgian College • Huronia Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic • Hospice Simcoe • New Path Youth and Family Services • North Simcoe Muskoka Hospice Palliative Care Network • OPP Nottawasaga Detachment • OPSEU Local 330 • Simcoe County Child Care Committee • Simcoe County Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit • The AIDS Network • YMCA • Youth Haven
It's common for LGBTQ people to look for the organizations that specifically acknowledge and welcome the community before accessing the service. Make it easy for someone to choose you because they know you're working on creating more inclusive and accessible spaces!
Employees are more productive and meaningful team members when a workplace culture is welcoming and supportive. Help to shape the internal workplace culture by participating in the program and supporting existing LGBTQ employees or attract new ones!
People expect and deserve the right to feel comfortable to either access services or work in a space that is supportive and inclusive of their identity. Create an industry standard by participating in the program and becoming a community leader!
Even though around 10% of the population identifies with the LGBTQ community and lots of progress has been made over the years, LGBTQ people are still feeling a lack of societal acceptance, the inability to be out about their identity, and a lack of local LGBTQ community.
The mental health of LGBTQ people is impacted by accumulated stigma, prejudice and discrimination, leading to higher rates of depression, anxiety and suicide the general population.
Studies show that LGBTQ people are more likely to either leave their home region to access more inclusive services, or hide their identity from their service provider, resulting in inadequate services and unmet needs.
Our Safer Spaces program started thanks to the generous funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This enabled us to create quality workshops and valuable resources. We are now at a time where the program needs to start becoming self sustainable. We will start to offer some of our services for a minimal fee, which helps us to continue developing and delivering professional development workshops and support organizational change.
All workshops and information sessions include our Organizational Assessment and Report. Workshop content will be based on your industry and program areas, or you can connect with us to develop a custom workshop for you. All workshops includes digital and print copies of our latest educational resources.
Full day workshops are still available upon request.
Take advantage of our consultation services to either identify or enhance your level of LGBTQ accessibility and inclusion within your organization. We’ll also assist in creating an internal committee, or guide the committee in developing a work plan to embark on the ongoing effort to create inclusive services.
We’ll ask you to reflect on six different sections, including: policy, culture, knowledge, resources, and more. At least 60% of your staff and colleagues should complete the assessment to have a strong report. This free resource can be used as a tool to measure progress in the program.
Promotional materials highlight the agency’s participation in the program and working towards creating a safer space for the LGBTQ community. Agencies must undergo adequate amount of professional development workshops, complete the organizational assessment, and have an ongoing commitment to LGBTQ inclusivity.