GV Pride to upgrade skills

April 07, 2017

Happy: Goulburn valley Pride public relations officer Damien Stevens.

Goulburn Valley Pride has received a $4650 grant from the Victorian Government to help support key members in the LGBTI community to strengthen their skills.

The LGBTI Community Grants Program is an initiative of the Victorian Government that aims to increase the skills of organisations and individuals within the LGBTI community.

GV Pride public relations officer Damien Stevens said receiving a grant was wonderful and it would be used to support people to develop their leadership skills.

Through GV Pride the grant will go towards helping people complete a Certificate IV in community services.

In total there were 38 grant recipients across two streams in the 2016-17 LGBTI Community Grants Program round.

Twenty-seven of these were LGBTI organisational development stream recipients, while the other 11 were individual leadership and management stream recipients.

GV Pride’s grant came from the leadership and management stream.

Mr Stevens said there were many people in the LGBTI community who did great work through GV Pride, the Diversity Project, OUTintheOPEN Festival and the Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gay people group.

‘‘It’s nice to be able to both reward and recognise people,’’ he said.

‘‘This money will really help Goulburn Valley Pride to support locals who are passionate about the health and wellbeing of their community.’’

Mr Stevens said currently GV Pride had about 50 financial members and there were many more who could not afford membership but still participated in courses offered through the organisation.

Mr Stevens said GV Pride aimed to be sustainable and continue to build upon its skills and experience.

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