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Thorne Harbour Country
Thorne Harbour Country provides support, counselling, rapid HIV testing, resources and information around LGBTIQ+ wellbeing, HIV, Hepatitis C and sexual health across the Loddon Mallee. Operating out of the Community Hub, Thorne Harbour Country provides a safe place for the LGBTIQ+ community to connect and access information resources and referral services.
As a not-for-profit organisation, a lot of the work we do and what we set out to achieve depends on the dedication and hard work of volunteers. Our organisation was founded by volunteers and that strong connection continues today.Volunteers at Thorne Harbour come from all walks of life; each bringing diverse skills to their roles within the organisation. Thorne Harbour has hundreds of registered volunteers who donate their time and energy to many of our program areas. Without their support, we would not be able to provide many of the programs, activities, and services that are valued by our clients, members and the community we serve.Over 250 volunteers help with the day-to-day work of our organisation. We value their energy, enthusiasm and ideas. Volunteering can give you a chance to learn new skills and make a difference to people’s lives, including your own.
Become a Volunteer
The best way to find out more is to come along to an information session so you can hear more about Thorne Harbour Health as an organisation and the volunteering opportunities that are available. You will hear from managers and volunteers who work in specific roles.Our volunteer roles are widely varied, therefore attending our information session is a great chance for you to hear from the program areas which are currently recruiting. You may also like to look at some of our volunteer roles and their position descriptions by looking at our volunteer roles.After the initial information session volunteers are required to attend core training for all new volunteers. These are held periodically throughout the year and are typically held on a Saturday between 9.00am & 4.00pm.If attending an information session does not work for you, please get in touch so we can discuss other options.
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28 Mar 2018
VAC Newsletter - Autumn 2018
22 Dec 2017
VAC Newsletter - Summer 2017/2018
20 Nov 2017
2017 VAC Annual General Meeting
21 Sep 2017
VAC Newsletter - Spring 2017
11 Apr 2019
Autumn 2019 Newsletter
The cooler weather is rolling in and reminding us that the summer festival season is over, but we're keeping busy with an array of activities across the organisation. Check out the latest edition of the newsletter to see what we've been up to. Whether it's supporting the health of women in our LGBTIQ communities or introducing a diverse range of fresh faces to our health promotion campaigns, there's a lot on at the moment. Plus, don't forget to check out the community calendar on the back page for upcoming events.
28 May 2019
Longstanding Volunteers Feeling the LOVE
Every day, volunteers tackle an array of activities across our sites, services, and programs. The volunteers celebrating significant milestones this year illustrate the many ways you can make a difference.
24 Jul 2019
Winter 2019 Newsletter
The winter newsletter is out! Have a read to find out about our submissions to Victoria's Royal Mental Health Commission, the PARTi Project's time in Amsterdam, and Emen8's Guys Like Me. Guys Like You. Guys Like Us. Plus, check out updates from the teams at SAMESH and Equinox.
4 Jun 2020
LOVE & Volunteering During COVID-19
Many things may have slowed down during the COVID-19 pandemic, but volunteering is not one of them. In fact, Thorne Harbour volunteers quickly adapted to continue supporting our LGBTI communities and people living with HIV. From outreach to peer support to policy work, our volunteers have continued to dedicate their time and energy to the communities we serve. During National Volunteer Week, the fourth annual LGBTIQ Organisations Volunteer Event (L.O.V.E.) went online – holding a virtual event to acknowledge the longstanding commitment of our volunteers.
22 Jun 2020
Thorne Harbour Volunteers Remember Ayman Barbaresco
“Five years ago, he proudly strode into my world….Wooden gavel in hand, Ayman approached the lectern, and commenced the meeting with such authority and conviction. I froze still in response.”
23 Jul 2020
We recently lost a longstanding volunteer, Harriet, whose legacy as a community volunteer stretched from responding to the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic to the challenges faced by our LGBTI communities today - both at Thorne Harbour and other LGBTI organisations.
12 Jan 2021
Remembering Joan Golding
This week our community is mourning the death of Joan Golding OAM – life member, fierce ally, and longstanding advocate in the community response to HIV and AIDS.
18 Feb 2021
Introducing: Virtual Meeting Rooms
This week Thorne Harbour is introducing its Virtual Meeting Rooms to help our LGBTI and PLHIV communities stay connected. Volunteer Coordinator Daniel Bryen tells us a little bit about this new resource available to community groups.
20 Apr 2021
Get Involved with THH this Midsumma
Midsumma is underway and things look a little different this year. Several events are entirely online and others have been reimagined in a COVIDsafe way; however, there are still a number of ways you can stay connected with Thorne Harbour Health this Midsumma Festival season.
17 Jun 2022
35 years of Volunteering for our Communities
Volunteers have been (and continue to be) the lifeblood of the organisations supporting our LGBTIQ+ communities and people living with HIV. At our recent LGBTIQ Organisations Volunteer Event (L.O.V.E.), we celebrated this legacy – including a remarkable 35-year milestone for longstanding volunteer Colin Krycer. We asked Colin about serving his dedicated service of nearly four decades.
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10 May 2017
VAC, JOY 94.9 and Switchboard partner to recognise volunteers at inaugural L.O.V.E. — LGBTI Organisations Volunteer Event
Last night, as part of National Volunteers Week, the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) partnered with community radio station JOY 94.9 and LGBTI telephone and webchat counselling service Switchboard Victoria to host L.O.V.E. - LGBTI Organisations Volunteer Event. Held at St Kilda Town Hall, the event recognises the vital contributions volunteers have made to the work of these three organisations in supporting LGBTI communities.While JOY and VAC volunteers regularly combine forces with the Laird Hotel at Northside Bizarre each October, this is the first time the three community organisations have partnered together to recognise the substantial contribution of volunteers.L.O.V.E. sees the three LGBTI community organisations combine forces to recognise and celebrate the remarkable contribution of volunteers on a grander scale. The event recognised a number of long-serving volunteers having served at least 5, 10, 15, 25 and even 30 years of service as a volunteer.“Volunteers are the lifeblood that keeps organisations like ours alive,” said VAC CEO Simon Ruth. “Without our volunteers, none of us could operate the services we provide to the community. It is only fitting that we celebrate and formally recognise the longstanding contribution volunteers have made.”JOY CEO Tenille Moisel added, “JOY is thrilled to work with VAC and Switchboard to recognise our volunteers for the tremendous support they provide our organisations and the broader LGBTI community.”Switchboard General Manager, Jo Ball highlighted the collaborative nature of volunteers in our community.“Considering that many Switchboard volunteers also volunteer at VAC and JOY it only makes sense to hold a joint event. As we all know, we are stronger together, and I look forward to continuing to find projects that VAC, Switchboard and JOY can collaborate on.”The event included performances from the Melbourne Rainbow Band and invited guests include City of Port Phillip Mayor Cr Bernadine Voss with Victoria Police Gay and Lesbian Liason Officers (GLLO) Gabby Tyacke and Travis Costelow to host the event.
30 Jan 2020
Thorne Harbour to establish Victoria’s first LGBTI Community Volunteer Hub
Today Thorne Harbour Health has announced the establishment of a LGBTI Community Volunteer Hub to connect volunteers with opportunities to support LGBTI communities across Victoria.Volunteers have made up the majority of the workforce at Thorne Harbour Health for its entire 37-year history. During that time, many of the organisation’s volunteers have gone on to win multiple awards including the Premier Volunteer Champions Award, GLOBE Volunteer of the Year, and the Minister for Health Volunteer Award.The organisation currently works with over 700 trained volunteers across it programs and services. As a result, Thorne Harbour regularly receives requests for volunteer support from smaller groups and events including AIDS 2014, Better Together Conference, Australian GLTBIQ Multicultural Council, and the upcoming 2020 International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships.“We are incredibly fortunate to have been supported by countless volunteers since the day we were founded in 1983. We understand the value of volunteers, and we’re so grateful to be in a position where we can help smaller organisations that don’t have that same infrastructure,” said Thorne Harbour Health CEO Simon Ruth.“We’ve been seeking funders interest in developing this resource for the LGBTI community since 2014, but it hasn’t been until receiving a generous bequest from the Quinlan Estate that we’re now able to make that dream a reality.”The LGBTI Community Volunteer Hub will aim to help LGBTI organisations across Victoria identify volunteer requirements, develop job specifications, match skills and expertise, and recruit volunteers accordingly. The hub will also provide a pathway for the growing number of corporate volunteers interested in opportunities to donate their time and skills.For over 20 years, Thorne Harbour Health has been a member of Volunteering Victoria. While there are volunteer resource centres across the state, Volunteering Victoria CEO Scott Miller supports the establishment of a targeted hub for LGBTI communities.“Connection with community is a key motivation for volunteers, and many volunteers are seeking opportunities that allow them to give back to LGBTI communities. A community-led solution like the LGBTI Volunteer Hub is a great initiative to connect volunteers with opportunities that they might otherwise struggle to find.”Charlotte Johnson has been volunteering with Thorne Harbour for the past four years and a recent recipient of the organisation’s Special Service Award.
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TUE Dec 13
Volunteer Info Session
FRI May 24