Abundance

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The Abundance Project is focused on documenting stories affirming Transgender and Gender Diverse (TGD) people’s identities as they age.

The project was inspired by recent research on TGD people’s experiences of ageing and aged care, in which they identified a broad range of issues relating to rights violations and abuse – many of these issues are currently being addressed. The research also identified the need for strategies for positive ageing – this is the focus on the Abundance project. The project draws on the wisdom of TGD people in documenting experiences of positive ageing. It also presents these stories to assist in affirming TGD people’s identities and build hope in the context of rights violations.

The project will take place as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival, 2017. It will document stories using text, photographs and Fowlers jars (these jars are generally used to preserve fruit and vegetables when they are in abundance – so they can be shared with others or kept for leaner times). The jars will be used to preserve stories of positive ageing that can be shared with others to build hope and affirm TGD identities.

The project is being conducted in partnership with TransGender Victoria and we are very grateful to the TGD people who helped co-design the project.

Afternoon tea workshops

The project will involve two afternoon tea – workshop events. At each event participants will be invited share their strategies for positive ageing. Please click here (InviteAndConsent) for more information and to download the invitation and consent form. The event dates are:

  • Sunday 17th September: Afternoon tea and documenting stories
  • Sunday 22nd October: High Tea and story sharing

If you are interested in participating in the project, please contact the project coordinator Catherine Barrett (see details below). Catherine can provide you with more details about the events and help you begin to document your strategies for positive ageing.

Preserving – no expertise required

You don’t need to be a preserving expert to participate in the project. The preserves are a metaphor for a positive aspect of TGD ageing that you would like to share. You can fill your jar with fruit or vegetables, dry food, plant material, papers … anything. Please contact the Project Coordinator (see details below) prior to the afternoon tea-workshop so we can make sure we have materials you need.

Photographs and stories

Lisa White (The Social Photographer) will be on hand to photograph participants and their Fowlers jars. Lisa’s photographs have appeared in Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, Buzz Feed and Mashable. If you consent to be photographed, you will be provided with a copy of your photo and your photo and story will appear in this section on the webpage.

Film

The afternoon tea – workshops will be filmed by award winning film maker Logan Muncha. In 2017 Logan won the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival’s Best Australian Short and the People’s Choice Award for his film Love is Love. Being filmed is an option. A link to the film produced from the events will appear in this section of the webpage.

Support services

If you experience any difficulties, please talk to one of the project team members about how we can help, or contact any of the below services:

  • Switchboard Victoria: Call or log on to the Switchboard/Qlife phone service open between 3pm – Midnight everyday on 1800 184 527 or webchat at www.qlife.org.au 
  • QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for LGBTIQ people. QLife phone and chat are available from 3pm to midnight and can be contacted on 1800 184 527.
  • Lifeline is available 24 hours a day on 13 11 14
  • beyondblue on 1300 22 4636

Project Coordinator

If you want more information about this project please contact the Project Coordinator, Dr Catherine Barrett on: 0429 582 237 or director@celebrateageing.com

Project Partners

The project is being conducted by Alice’s Garage (part of the Celebrate Ageing Program) and The Social Photographer, in partnership with TransGender Victoria, Switchboard Victoria and the City of Melbourne. The project is funded by the Victorian Seniors Festival.