Who are the HEY Partners?
The Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) Partners are a group of 17 organisations that work together to deliver inclusive spaces and programs for LGBTIQA+ young people.
As a collective, the HEY Partners collaborate on a range of projects, working to develop a consistent cohort of services, information and training across Victoria. They provide peer support, referrals to specialist services, community visibility, education, and targeted community development programs for LGBTIQA+ young people.
Some of the ways the group works together includes:
- Organising events and workshops such as Rainbow Mushrooms, an online social support group for LGBTIQA+ young people
- Promoting each other’s programs so that as many LGBTQIA+ young people across Victoria can find safe spaces to be in
- Collaborating on writing government submissions and providing feedback on government policy
By working alongside one another, the HEY Partners can act cohesively to provide health and wellbeing support for LGBTQIA+ young people, and be a reference for best practice, inclusion and diversity.
They also have supported over 120 organisations and provided more than $1.3 million of funding over 13 years through the annual HEY Grants.
Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic)
Youth Affairs Council Victoria is the peak body and leading policy advocate on young people's issues in Victoria.
Safe Schools is a formal and public commitment that schools make to create an inclusive and safe environment for their school community, including for LGBTQIA+ students, families and teachers.
Diversity Project (Uniting)
Aiming to create a safer, more inclusive and healthier community in the City of Greater Shepparton and beyond for LGBTQIA+ young people. The Diversity Project provides education, advocacy, group facilitation and case management.
The GASP project is Geelong's safe and inclusive space for young people.
Gippsland Lakes Complete Health
Gippsland Lakes Complete Health (GLCH) is an inclusive service provider to all members of the community, and consults with LGBTIQA+ consumers to improve their responses the needs of the LGBTIQA+ population.
headspace Ballarat is now running Zaque, a group that aims to provide a safe and supportive space for LGBTIQA+ young people.
headspace Bendigo offers two diversity groups weekly for LGBTIQA+ young people, their friends and allies. These groups provide a safe and inclusive space where young people can be themselves, meet others, have fun and participate in community activities that celebrate diversity,
La Trobe Community Health Service
La Trobe Community Health Service work with the community to provide safe and inclusive services to clients who identify as LGBTIQA+, and provide a safe and inclusive work environment for staff who identify as LGBTIQA+.
Australia's largest youth-led organisation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans young people.
Parents of Gender Diverse Children
Parents of Gender Diverse Children works hard to give a voice to parents and those parenting transgender and gender diverse children.
Peninsula Pride is a queer-straight alliance community group lead by headspace Frankston. Helping same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people feel safer and more included in society.
Helping members provide safer, more inclusive services for young same-sex attracted, intersex, trans and gender diverse Victorians.
Rainbow Health Victoria
Rainbow Health Victoria is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ young people and the quality of care they receive.
Safe in the South West (Brophy Family and Youth Services)
The SAFE in the South West program is strengthening the capacity of the South West Victorian community to support young people who identify as same-sex attracted and gender diverse.
WayOut Macedon Ranges
Based at Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health, WayOut promotes the rights, mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ young people in the Macedon Ranges.
WayOut Wodonga promotes the rights, health and wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ young people in Albury Wodonga and surrounds.
Zoe Belle Gender Collective
Provides online support, referrals, recommendations and resources for the greater trans and gender diverse community in Victoria.