Safe Space LGBTQ+ Asylum Seeker and Refugee Peer Support Group

The groups allows participants to explore the intersections of their experiences, and utilise peer support techniques.

Safe Space facilitates a male and female group; both groups also have trans and non-binary participants. Safe Space is participant-led, where the participants meet first and have a brainstorming session inviting the participants to outline their priorities for the next Safe Space sessions. 

The emphasis is on peer support, safety, self-determination, self-organisation, self-expression and cohesiveness, and these are offered to participants as the overarching themes for Safe Space.

Safe Space is held on the first Saturday every month from 1 pm to 4 pm. The upcoming dates are:

  • February 3rd
  • March 2nd
  • April 6th
  • May 4th
  • June 1st
  • July 6th
  • August 3rd
  • September 7th
  • October 5th
  • November 2nd
  • December 7th

Included in these sessions are topics including: 

  • Emotional management and positive thinking: The group learn about healthy forms of emotional expression/management and CBT techniques to challenge negative thinking. 
  • Communication styles, assertiveness and self-esteem: The group learn about unhealthy and unhelpful communication styles such as aggressive, passive and passive-aggressive styles and the theoretical and practical approaches towards assertiveness. 
  • Sexuality and sexual health: The group explore attitudes towards their sexuality and sexual orientation, internalised homophobia, safe sex practices and available sexual health services.
  • Relationships and boundaries: The group explore the features of healthy and unhealthy relationships, the importance of the relationship to self and spirituality, and healthy boundaries. 
  • Expressive Art & Fun

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Mon:              1:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tues - Fri:      10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Sat:                12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

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