Supporting Advocacy and Leadership Opportunities for People with a Disability

The Victorian Coalition Government is enhancing advocacy and leadership opportunities for people with a disability, with additional funding for the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU) announced today by the Minister for Disability Services and Reform Mary Wooldridge.

Ms Wooldridge said the Coalition Government will invest an additional $43,000 annually in the SARU as part of our $2.49 million annual investment in advocacy support for people with a disability.

“This funding will support new and existing groups of people with a disability to learn about their rights, advocate on their own behalf and build stronger links within their community,” Ms Wooldridge said.

“The investment complements the $400,000 Leading, Educating and Advocating for Disability (LEAD) Barwon program and the Fast-track leadership program. Together these programs have provided leadership and advocacy training to 40 people with a disability, their families or carers who are now contributing these skills to their broader communities.”

M Wooldridge said a $30,000 grant from the Coalition Government was made available to fund the Fast-track leadership program.

Ms Wooldridge congratulated Fast-track graduate Kevin Nunan, a resident of Burwood East, who has been awarded a scholarship to attend the 2014 Williamson Community Leadership Program. The scholarship provides a disability leader with a year of leadership training designed to develop and connect them with other community leaders. Mr Nunan follows Ms Maryanne Diamond, who successfully completed the scholarship in 2013 with support from the Coalition Government.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Kevin and I congratulate him for having successfully completed the Fast-track program and pursuing further leadership development opportunities,” Ms Wooldridge said.

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Government, Policy, Legislation, Grants, Bequests, Awards, Scholarships

Hon. Mary Wooldridge MLA

Government Media release

Date published:
Wed 9th Apr, 2014