Members of the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW (GLCS) have voted to merge with Twenty10.

The merged organisation will build on its core support and counselling services to extend its services to young people, adults, families and the c

ommunity throughout NSW.

“With shared goals and values, and a long history of working together, the merger is a wonderful opportunity to take the best of both organisations to a new level,” Twenty10 co-chair Dr Sean Gallagher said.

“With 70 years combined histories of serving the NSW community, the newly merged organisation has a wealth of experience in growing and adapting to people in need through embracing and valuing their diverse identities,” GLCS co-president Fletcter Trowse said.

The new entity will operate under the name Twenty10 with a combined pool of 15 staff and more than 80 volunteers and will provide an enhanced presence in western Sydney and counselling and groups programs that will benefit the broader LGBTI communities.

The core Twenty10 Client Services Team will continue to provide services to young people while extending those services through phone and online supports.

Under the merger GLCS volunteer counsellors will be given greater access to professional development and opportunities to diversify their role within the new entity.

The merger process will occur over the next few months with services to clients continuing as usual.

Twenty10 members approved the merger in July. the GLCS board voted in favour of the merger at the weekend.

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