(in)visible

The (in)visible project is a community driven program that connects queer and trans people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds (QTPOC) aged 18-25 through workshops and events.

The (in)visible crew is made up of QTPOC, who are experts on how well being is articulated and responded to in community. We lead the project in acknowledgement that all too often our service system silos our social realities (be these queer, faith or multicultural).

In collaboration with Minus 18, (in)visible produced an inter-sectional educational resource for school aged young people called “OMG I’m QTIPOC”.

As of late August 2020, we’ve introduced a NEW Youth Peer Leader working with us. Say hello to Korra! 

 

 


Every fortnight, we meet up to create a space familiar to the attendees. These activities range from:


– Cooking Classes

– Crafting Days

– Panel discussions

– Movie viewings that represent us on screen

– Keynote discussions with QTIPOC leaders

– Pamper days

– Walks in nature

– Learning about other cultures and their queerness

– Engaging with older QTIPOC members

– Make-up classes

– Attending LGBTQIA+ spaces and creating a QTIPOC safe space for attendees

– Creating events that are apart of festivals in CITY OF MELBOURNE

– Video games and pizza

– Queer Iftar

– Reading groups

– Movement and Yoga classes

– Spoken word workshops

– Events centering Queer First Nations Folk

If you have any idea’s on what we should do to support other QTIPOC, send us a message! And if you have any inquires about attending our events (location, price, age, accessibility) also send us a message!

Individual Support

What we do:

We support young people aged 12-25 who live, play, study and work in City of Melbourne in a diverse range of areas. Read on to find out what kind of things we can help with and how it all goes down!

Soo…. how can you help me?

Youth & Family Practitioners can support you in lots of different ways! For example supporting with:

  • Job applications
  • CV/ Resume creation or editing
  • Assistance with High School, Uni and Tafe enrolments
  • Linking in with community groups, sports clubs, fun youth events etc
  • Guidance on career pathways
  • Applications for available Peer Leader Programs
  • Centerlink application assistance
  • Alcohol & Drug related support
  • Family support
  • Wellbeing and mental health support

There are heaps of different areas people need support in, so if you don’t see what you need on the list above still get in touch and we can figure out how we can work together to reach your goals, or find out what other options are available!

What can I expect?

After calling or emailing intake (see ‘CONTACT’ above) a Youth & Family Practitioner will call or text you and organise a catch up. The first catch up is a chance for us to chat about some goals and areas in your life you would like support in (some people like to brainstorm these goals and areas of support together, others prefer to come prepared with some ideas or a list – either way is fine). We will go through a consent and confidentiality form together (this takes around 5 minutes). You are welcome and encouraged to ask questions along the way – it is important to us that you understand what we talk about. We will chat for around 30 – 50 minutes. At the end we might set up another time to check in/ catch up.

During Covid-19

Individual support will pretty much work the same way as before, however for everyone’s safety we will do phone/ video chats instead of in person catch ups.

A few examples of support young people have been asking for during the pandemic are;

 

  • Financial assistance
  • Rent relief
  • Assistance with bills
  • Food packages
  • Linking in with community etc
  • Mental health support

 

If there are other things you need support around that are related to Covid-19 or otherwise you can get in touch and we can have a chat about what options are available and how we can best support you. We acknowledge this is a stressful and unique time right now. You can check out these resources for more information on support available during Covid-19 and stay connected with the drum here –  @thedrummelb

Queerspace Youth

Queerspace Youth is a peer-led program for Queer, Trans, non,binary, Intersex, Gender Diverse or questioning people aged 18-25 years old.

We run monthly support groups and regular events including mental health and sexual health workshops, movie nights, art and music workshops as well as skill and capacity building activities where you can hang out and make new friends and build community.

We also have mental health support workers at each event and can also assist you with referrals to Queer-identified counselling and support services run through Queerspace.

Queerspace Youth is funded by the City of Melbourne, City of Yarra and Queerspace

 


Who runs these programs?



During Covid19 lockdown, young people from QSY submitted artwork for our first collaborative zine (pronounced like magazine). A self-published collection of queer and trans art in isolation.  To have at ‘Alone, Together: Queer Art in Iso’  see our Resources below!

 

Volunteer opportunities

the drum loves volunteers. We see this as a great opportunity to provide young people with positive experiences that enable them to navigate employment and career pathways. Volunteering can also build someone’s confidence, their networks including with their peers. It can also play an important role in building someone’s understanding of what a job in the community sector is like, develop a history of work experience. Other times, young folks may want to get involved and give back to their community or connect with a particular cause. Of these things are legitimate! The drum considers that volunteering should offer the volunteer something in return for their time, passion and commitment to our work.

As part of our commitment to building the communities we work in, we prioritise providing these opportunities to young people who live, work or have a strong connection to Carlton and Parkville and/or who are of:

  • Diverse cultural, ‘racial’, ethnic and religious backgrounds
  • Refugee and humanitarian entrant background
  • International students
  • Identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+)
  • Public housing residents

The commitment reflects to these community members reflects our values- we want to make sure young people who don’t necessarily have the same opportunities have options to build their confidence, their knowledge and increase the opportunities available to them.

So, hit us up, put in an application! You can do this by clicking here.


What can you expect?

The type of volunteering opportunity you have will dependent on matching your skills and interests with our capacity and current opportunities. We try really hard to make sure volunteers get practical experience in the community, with young people as well being involved with the “behind the scenes stuff” that is need to plan programs and activities.

Check out the types of programs and activities we currently run to get see what type of opportunities there are. If there are particular programs or activities you are interested in you let us know through the online application process.


What’s our application process?

All volunteer applications are reviewed with consideration of current opportunities, our capacity and your availability and interest. Your completed form will be held securely and confidentially.

We will endeavour to get back to you within 10 working days after receiving your application.

If we are able to bring together your interests with our capacity we will invite you in for an interview. If this goes well we could go to the next steps- doing a police check and seeing if you have a Working with Children Card.


How to get there

Most of our volunteering opportunities are based out of our main 3 sites (Carlton, North Melbourne and Collingwood). At this stage, we aren’t able to take on new volunteers during Stage 4 lockdown. But please keep checking in to see when these opportunities pop up again!

Our office is located near the corner of Queensberry Street and Drummond Street Carlton- up towards the city. This means you can walk from Melbourne Central of Parliament Station in about 15 minutes. Or you can get a tram up Swanston Street and get off at Queensberry and head towards Exhibition Gardens.

As we want you to be involved in some of our work in the community you might need to get to one of our programs. This could include going to the community space at 480 Lygon Street Carlton, Kathleen Symes Community Centre and Library or Carlton Baths for instance.


Permission required

All our volunteers aged 18 and older need to have these things, not only because we have a strong commitment to ensuring the safety of young people and fulfilling our duty of care, but because Victorian Laws require it. If you are worried about this, be sure to chat with us and we can support you with the process.

Friday Night Jam

Kick off every weekend with Friday Night Jam! On Friday afternoons from 4pm – 6pm, YMCA Carlton Baths open its indoor stadium for young people to drop in and play futsal or basketball. During the school holidays and for special occasions (such as Ramadan), we celebrate with staff v kids tournaments and BBQs.

The program is delivered in partnership with YMCA Carlton Baths and co-facilitated by the drum’s Youth Practitioners.


How to get there

YMCA Carlton Baths is located at 216/248 Rathdowne Street in Carlton. Let the YMCA staff know you’re with the drum and they’ll point you in the right direction.

Get there by PT:

  • Buses 250 and 251 stop outside Carlton Baths.
  • Bus 546 stops around the corner on Alexandra Parade, a 3 minute walk away.
  • Tram 1 or 8 takes you to Stop 113 Lytton Street/Lygon Street, a 5 minute walk away.
  • Buses 200 and 207 stop on the corner of Johnston and Rathdowne Streets, a 7 minute walk away.

Consent/Registration Form

If you are under 16, you will need a parent, guardian or carer to sign the form. If you are over 16, you can complete the form yourself.

Head over to our resource section to download the registration form and bring it with you to our program! Or, you can turn up and get a paper form from one of our Youth Development Practitioners.

North Melbourne Leadership Group (Youth Advisory Committee)

We are committed to providing platforms for young people to have influence over their local communities. This means creating spaces, places and time for young people to talk about and respond to the things that matter for them.

 

As we have grown from delivering youth services in Carlton/Parkville to include young people in North Melbourne, Kensington & the CBD our approach to youth committees and other forms of youth participation is growing.

Historically, this has mean we’ve provided resources (staff, venue and project budgets) to the young people on the Carlton public housing estate. Here these tenacious young people have galvanised together to create opportunities for them and their peers to have influence over their local community. With the support of the drum the Carlton Youth Advisory (C’YA) meets monthly to discuss how to create the kind of environment they want for their family to grow up in.

As the new youth service provider in North Melbourne and Kensington we’ve learned more about what young people were up to at the local level. Engaging and responding to young people already active at the grass roots level is what we are prioritising from July- September 2018. We have details about the youth advisory committee in North Melbourne and will continue to support these young folks- so watch this space.

 

North Melbourne Leadership Group is currently on hold due to the C19 pandemic,


What can you expect in Carlton?

Since being established in early 2016, C’YA local six young people have meet monthly to discuss their concerns. They have voiced increased concerns about substance mis-use in their background. In response they have organised meetings and events where C’YA’s members and other residents have presented their worries about safety to CoHealth, the Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria Police, Wilson’s Security and the Church of all Nations. CYA’s members have also prepared reports and a short film about these concerns to undertake advocacy on this issue at the local and state government level.

If you come along to a CYA meeting you can expect to meet other young people committed to their local community. You can expect to talk about what kind of community you wanna live in, how to create that, and how to influence others to support this vision come to life.

What can you expect in North Melbourne?

Since the mid 2000’s cohealth supported a youth advisory committee to respond to concerns they had about growing up on the Estate and how they want to see the world look in 10 or 20 years. This means that some of the YAC have been around for a few years- using their knowledge to guide younger/emerging practitioners. It also means the group has shifting priorities as this time! They have talked about ‘reviving’ the advisory committee and involving their peers to support their well-being.

So, in short- whilst there are some ‘unpredictable’ things about the North Melbourne YAC cause the drum is new to supporting this group, what we can guarantee is some pretty darn committed young folks who meet regularly and want to respond to the needs of the coal community.


Can we help you attend?

You really just need to show up. But is you are shy or aren’t confident about doing this you can give us a holla and one of our friendly youth workers can make you feel comfortable and welcome.


How to get there

The community hub is on Lygon Street, between Palmerston Street and Alexander Parade. It is on the Carlton Public Housing Estate, at the bottom of the 480 tower.

To get here, you can catch tram number 1 or 8 and the closest stop is 113 or bus 200 or 200/207 combined


Is permission required?

Short answer – yes. Check out our resources section for the consent form!

ALSO – You can just turn up and meet other young people with a connection to Carlton and Parkville. If you start attending regularly we will ask you to complete a registration form.


Why do you need to complete a registration form?

the drum’s registration form should have all the dets you need, and also for your parent, guardian or carer.  The form outlines what the activities are, including ours and yours responsibilities. We also need emergency contact details, we usually don’t need them, but just in case we need to contact your parent, guardian or carer in case of an emergency. It is also useful to know – and if we don’t ask – we don’t know about any spiritual, health and wellbeing needs you may have.

If you are under 18 the registration form needs to be signed by your parent, carer or guardian to complete registration form.

If you are over 18 you can sign this for yourself but we’ll still need some emergency contact details.

We absolutely keep your information confidential and we respect your privacy.

If you want to be super organised and bring the registration form on your first visit to the program check out our resources section. Otherwise, we can provide a paper copy when you attend the program.

Underground Women’s

What can you expect?

Underground Women’s is a space for young women aged 12 – 25 to come together and do amazing things. UGW is a community of strong, fierce, intelligent, complex and welcoming women. It’s free and we provide delicious snacks.

Underground Women’s is facilitated by Sian, a youth development practitioner who is passionate about delivering creative programs for young women and Sabrina, a youth peer leader who brings a wealth of skills, passion and good vibes to the program.  Sian and Sabrina support local young women to plan fun and interesting activities, learn and share new skills and make positive connections with one another and the local community. Past and current activities include cultural dance workshops,  baking, jewelry making, basketball and soccer, roller skating, podcasting and film making with our partners Signal Arts.


Is permission required?

Short answer – yes, pick a registration form up on program.

ALSO – You can just turn up and meet other young women and if you start attending regularly we will ask you to complete a registration form.


Why do you need to complete a registration form?

the drum registration form should have all the deets you need, and also for your parent, guardian or carer. The form outlines what the Underground Women’s activities are, including ours and your responsibilities. We also need emergency contact details, we usually don’t need them, but just in case we need to contact your parent, guardian or carer in case of an emergency. It is also useful to know – and if we don’t ask – we don’t know about any spiritual, health, dietary and wellbeing needs you may have.

If you are under 18 the registration form needs to be signed by your parent, carer or guardian to complete registration form.

If you are over 18 you can sign this for yourself but we’ll still need some emergency contact details.

We absolutely keep your information confidential and we respect your privacy.

If you want to be super organised and bring the registration form on your first visit to the program. Otherwise, we can provide a paper copy when you attend the program.


Locations

Term 1 2020

Carlton – Kathleen Syme Library – 251 Faraday Street Carlton. Rooms vary based on availability so make sure you check on the screen located at the front to see which room we are in.

North Melbourne Community Centre 49 – 53 Buncle Street North, North Melb. We move around the centre but you will be able to find us in either the drum youth space, the stadium, games room or kitchen.


Can we help you attend?

If you are new to the program  (or you know someone) who might need some encouragement or support to attend, just give us a holla and one of the drum’s friendly team members can help this happen.


Who runs these programs?

Our lovely facilitators Sian and Sabrina will be the main people you’ll be seeing during at Underground Women’s !


During Covid19

During the pandemic we’re doing a bunch of exciting online programs including Self-Care  on Wednesdays, and Games & Chats every Thursday.
To join us, check out our Instagram , or contact Sian!

If you’re interested in a Carepackage during this time, please dont hesistate to get it contact as well!