In 1848 leaders in our community met at the Rainbow Tavern on Swanston Street and established the organisation that we know today as Jewish Care Victoria.
With 170 years of rich and diverse history behind us, we now look towards another rainbow and how that can support our commitment to building an inclusive community – this time a Rainbow Tick.
The Rainbow Tick is a national accreditation program for organisations that are committed to safe and inclusive practice, and service delivery, for people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and/or Intersex (LGBTI+). The accreditation program supports organisations to understand and implement LGBTI+ safe and inclusive service delivery and provides national recognition for those that meet the Standards.
The 6 Rainbow Tick Standards are:
- Organisational capability - the organisation embeds LGBTI+ inclusive practice across all its systems and continuously seeks opportunities for improvements.
- Workforce development - all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities to LGBTI+ consumers and are trained and able to deliver LGBTI-inclusive services.
- Consumer participation - LGBTI+ consumers are consulted about, and participate in the planning, development, and review of the service.
- A welcoming and accessible organisation - LGBTI+ consumers can easily and confidently access services because the physical and virtual environments, including information, structures, resources and processes, are welcoming.
- Disclosure and documentation - LGBTI+ consumers, staff and volunteers feel safe to provide personal information, including their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or intersex status, because they know information will be treated respectfully and that there are systems in place to ensure their privacy.
- Culturally safe and acceptable services - services and programs identify, assess, analyse and manage risks to ensure the cultural safety of LGBTI+ consumers.
Why is Jewish Care working to achieve the Rainbow Tick Accreditation?
Our real commitment is to creating a more inclusive organisation and community, and not just for people who identify as LGBTI+.
Jewish Care firmly believes our community is stronger when we are together, and rejoices in the rich and colourful diversity within our community. People who are LGBTI+ have the same right to access services as anyone else within the community. However, not everyone understands or responds well to the needs of LGBTI+ people. For some LGBTI+ people, the experience of being excluded or discriminated against can contribute directly to poorer health and wellbeing. As an organisation we look forward to building relationships with the LGBTI+ community, other service providers and organisations, and the community-at-large. The Rainbow Tick will just be a formal recognition of this work.
For more information about Jewish Care’s commitment to LGBTI+ inclusion, or the Rainbow Tick Accreditation work that is currently underway, please contact our LGBTI+ Liaison Officer on 8517 5611 or email at [email protected]
Pledge of Support for LGBTI
On Thursday 30 August, Jewish Care Victoria and nine other faith-based organisations came together to pledge commitment to inclusivity for all LGBTIQ people who seek services.
Co-hosted by Jewish Care and Temple Beth Israel, the historic event was attended by CEOs and representatives of participating organisations, all of which are part of the Faith-Based Service Provider Network. Watch the video below and click to read the full press release.