Transgender and gender diverse support services get funding
Transgender and gender diverse people in the Northland and Auckland regions will soon be able to access DHB funded peersupport services provided by two of the country’s longest running rainbow organisations
The services, provided by Rainbow Youth and OUTLine, will include the recruitment of three peer-support worker roles, which will be held by people who identify as transgender and/or gender diverse.
They will be aided by trained volunteers who will lead peer support groups in these regions.
The peer support services will be available to people of all ages and are funded by the Auckland, Waitemat , Counties Manukau and Northland DHBs.
Rainbow Youth says peer-support models have worked to help reduce the isolation of queer, gender diverse and intersex young people who access the organisation. According to the recent annual survey, roughly half of all people who access one on one support, and who disclose their identity, are gender diverse, says Rainbow Youth executive director Frances Arns. “This is a huge opportunity to help support gender diverse people and their whanau. We are incredibly proud to see the Northern Region DHBs investing in the wellbeing and health outcomes for our trans and gender diverse communities.” The service is one of the outcomes of the Hauora Tahine: Pathways to Transgender Healthcare Services project.
It will launch later in the year.