Freedom Centre’s drop-in sessions are a fantastic opportunity for social support and connection.
LGBTIQA+ young people can come together, meet new people, talk to our peer educators, get information and referrals, and just feel safe to be themselves. All sessions run 4:00-7.30pm in person (4:00-8:00pm online).
A safe social space for LGBTIQA+ people aged 18 to 26. This session is also open to our 17-year-olds who attend Under 18’s to help them transition to a new age group.
This is a free space for young people to engage with others in their community, get support from peers, and have access to resources relevant to them. In these sessions we hang out, play games, have deep and meaningful conversations, create stuff, be queer and explore clothing and gender-affirming wear.
This is a safe social space for LGBTIQA+ young people aged 12 to 17.
This is a free space for young people to be able to engage with others in their community, get support from peers, and have access to resources relevant to the LGBTIQA+ community.
In these sessions we hang out, play games, have deep and meaningful conversations, create stuff, be queer, and explore clothing and gender-affirming wear
This drop-in runs online through Discord (a text-based chat platform), which makes it available for LGBTIQA+ young people all around WA.
We alternate our Online sessions between our Over 18’s and our Under 18’s. We talk over text in Discord, play games, share memes and selfies, and have some great chats (with the added benefit of all the gifs and emojis we can’t express irl).
A safe space for people aged 18 to 26, as well as our 17-year-old current visitors.
This space is specifically reserved for these visitors who identify with the trans, gender diverse or intersex community or are in any way questioning their gender identity.
Though this session runs pretty much the same as a standard Over 18’s session, extra support and discussion are encouraged around topics related to gender and its exploration.
Who can come?
Any young people (up to 25) who identifies within the LGBTIQA+ community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and otherwise diverse in sexuality and/or gender).
Drop-in sessions are free, and everyone is welcome any time we’re open, so long as you respect the centre and its people. We have some safe space responsibilities centred around this expectation of respect that we ask everyone to follow.
Friends, family or other support people (including support workers) are welcome to come to check the centre out, support their loved ones, and get info and support from the FC staff and volunteers. We know it’s important for some young people first attending the drop-in centre to bring someone for support, and we encourage it!
If you are attending in support of a young person, out of respect for the purpose of the service, please refrain from attending the youth-owned drop-in space more than a few times or for extended periods.
We have specific family-friendly drop-in sessions through Junior Freespace for under 18s. We recognise how important family can be and want to ensure everyone feels supported and has access to the best and most relevant information.
How to join FC online sessions
- Follow the Discord link: https://Discord.gg/RnksT4x
- You can use Discord in your web browser or download the app on your phone or computer.
- Following the link takes you to our Discord server. This server may appear blank if outside of our opening hours!
- During our opening hours, you will be able to join our welcome room. You will need to sign in (just like our in-person sessions)
- Follow the instructions and answer the questions presented to you.
- From here, our staff will sign you in, and you’ll be allowed to see the rest of our Discord channels and interact with the group.