The VACreach program aims to improve the sexual health of gay, bi, trans and other same-sex attracted men across three broad areas.
- VACreach Social Venues - hotels and nightclubs
- VACreach Online - Sex On Premises venues and smart phone applications
- A collaboration between VAC and Harm Reduction Victoria’s DanceWize program
Potential male and female volunteers receive generic training enabling them to talk to men in a variety of locations.
Specific training is provided to enable gay, bi and trans men to chat with other same sex attracted men to provide sexual health information and resources both print-based and online in:
- Sex On Premises Venues
- Gay cruising websites
- Popular cruising smart phone applications
Nathan, a volunteer with the VACreach Online team appeared on our weekly radio show, Well, Well, Well back in 2011 where he explains how VACreach (which was known at the time as Outreach), is undertaken online and the types of issues that men in these spaces talk about. Listen to the podcasted interview here (The interview with Nathan starts at 7:04).
Additional training by Harm Reduction Victoria is provided to volunteers suited to the specific environments where the DanceWize events are located.
Training is conducted regularly 2-3 times a year. For more information please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.
It is essential that potential volunteers for VACreach undertake a selection interview prior to the commencement of training.
It is desirable that potential volunteers understand the nature of the settings that these interactions take place.