The need we have identified...
Too often, Twenty10 meets young people who have come to the city to escape an unfriendly regional town. Having left their support networks behind, when things go bad they can reach crisis point quickly. Returning to family and friends then becomes difficult and homelessness puts pressure on city-based friendships.
We are also aware of a perception that regional areas are unfriendly or unsafe for young people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities. However, we know there are a lot of welcoming people out there who want to challenge local homophobia and promote diversity.
The plan we have...
Since the 1990s, Twenty10 has been committed to building the capacity of regional towns to support young people of diverse genders and sexualities. We do this mainly through our Here & Now training and plan to build an alumni network of service providers committed to best practice, equity and accessibility.
How you can help...
$20 sends a resource kit to a regional service including posters.
$50 per month provides a freecall phoneline for regional callers.
$1500 provides Here & Now training for up to 20 service providers in a regional centre.
$2 000 offers a week-long internship at Twenty10 to a regional worker
Attend one of our Here and Now trainings in a regional centre or introduce us to a local service provider who may be willing to help us organise training. You can also support gay and lesbian festivals in regional areas, like the Coast Out festival in Coffs Harbour.
The vision we are working towards...
Twenty10 is known as a place, both virtual and real, where service providers can share their knowledge and learn together to build safer communities that young people of diverse genders and sexualities feel connected to.
New South Wales will be known as a place that embraces diversity well beyond urban areas.