Community Awards 2023 Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion - Positive Attitude Inc

Thursday 09 November 2023

Diversity and Inclusion Community Awards winner

Positive Attitude Inc are fostering social connections, nurturing inclusivity and a creating a sense of belonging for Yarra’s older rainbow communities

The volunteer-run social luncheon group meets every Friday at the Edinburgh Gardens Community Rooms for a free, home cooked three-course meal. The majority of attendees are long term survivors of HIV or elders within the LGBTIQA+ community. 

These weekly catchups provide continuity and stability for attendees and allow them to build connections and camaraderie in a fun, warm and welcoming environment.  

A huge amount of work goes into planning, preparing and being present for each event – all of the nutritious meals are cooked onsite and always cater to any individual dietary requirements.  

Led by Melissa Williams, the volunteers at Positive Attitude Inc deliver their program with unwavering passion, compassion, and a sincere belief in extending a sense of belonging to those who often feel estranged from the broader LGBTIQA+ community. 

Through their innovative program, Positive Attitude Inc has effectively combated social isolation and empowered older community members in Melbourne's inner north and beyond to lead enriched and fulfilling lives. 

The nominees for Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion

Layla Tse 
Cultivating Community 
Sudeysi Abdi 
Jane Tonkin 
Maria Jong 
St. Mary's House of Welcome 
TEE Care Agency 
Positive Attitude Inc. 
Alexander McManus 
T from Euphoria Social 
Euphoria Social 
iCare Support Services Australia 
Brian Christensen 
The Melbourne AMEP Volunteer Tutor Scheme 

Thanks to all our nominees for your contributions to life in Yarra.

Read more stories of our 2023 Community Awards winners.


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