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My client is questioning their sexuality and/or gender, but isn’t sure yet. Will you encourage them to be GLBTIQ?

No! We do not have an agenda; we just want people to feel OK being themselves – if that turns out to mean they are straight, that’s great; if not, that’s great too! So long as the young person is able to make informed and supported decisions and do/be what feels right for them, we’ve done our job! Check out our Info Sheets on Sexuality and Gender to find out more

What are the volunteer/visitor boundaries?

The volunteers at Freedom Centre are trained on boundaries before starting to staff FC. Boundaries are particularly important in a peer support service as Perth is a small place and, although we are peers, the FC staff and volunteers are in a position where they are setting an example to others.

At FC the volunteer role is to be friendly, supportive and social in that space, but volunteers are not there to become friends with visitors. The volunteer/ visitor relationship is a one way relationship where the volunteers are at FC to support, listen to and inform the visitors and to facilitate the safe social space.

 

Out side of FC volunteers will not become friends with visitors, and even won’t approach them in case the visitor is with people who they have not come out to.

Can I accompany a client to your service?

Yes. While the drop-in Centre is a youth-owned space, we understand that having a support person come with a young person may be important until they feel comfortable in the space. We encourage professionals, family and friends to accompany young people when coming to Freedom Centre for the first (or first few) times.