Everyone is Welcome at Anglicare Victoria
On January 20th Anglicare Victoria participated in Midsumma Carnival for the first time. The event kicks off Midsumma Festival, Victoria’s premier LGBTIQ cultural festival which champions LGBTIQ cultures and is a chance to celebrate diversity.
Anglicare Victoria joined another 140 organisations at the event and. it was estimated that over 100,000 people joined in with the celebrations. Anglicare Victoria had a stall where employees, who had volunteered to participate, shared our message of diversity and inclusion. The organisation’s theme for the event was “Everyone is welcome at Anglicare Victoria”. The volunteers spoke with carnival revellers, telling them about the services and support we can offer to everyone.
Marie-Claire Blin, part of the Anglicare Victoria team working towards Rainbow Tick Accreditation, highlighted that our presence was a really important step in promoting that our organisation is welcoming of people from LGBTIQ communities.
“Many visitors to our marquee were keen to find out more about the services that we provide and enquired about becoming foster carers. People wrote lovely messages of hope to our young people in care and it was also really positive to field many questions from gender diverse young people about employment opportunities at AV.”
Other volunteers spoke of their sense of pride that Anglicare Victoria was participating in the event. One commented “I felt proud that Anglicare Victoria was taking part in such a wonderful event. ’Everyone is welcome’ was the feeling on the day.” Another said, “I met such a diverse range of people and I was proud to spread the word of Anglicare Victoria welcoming all.”
Planning for next year’s event has already commenced- come along and join in the celebrations.
Please contact for AVPRIDE@anglicarevic.org.au should you have any questions about this event or Rainbow Tick accreditation.