Disability

Invitation to join Community Voice Network

My name is Jess Eggins, I am the Project Officer for the disability sector in the Community and Industry Engagement team from the NSW government.

I work in the Better Regulation Division (BRD) where we work across the regulatory bodies – including NSW Fair Trading and SafeWork NSW. Our focus is to reduce community harms for the consumer, and in the workplace.

I am writing to invite you to be part of the Community Voice network (CV-net). The aim is to reduce community harms, particularly those that are prominent in our most vulnerable communities, including people from multicultural backgrounds, people with disabilities, youth and Aboriginal communities.

This is beneficial so BRD can hear of the issues occurring from the community directly and we would also like to offer to be the local issues or escalation point to connect with the regulators if needed.

Through the CV-net we want to work with you to identify existing and emerging harms and develop workable solutions. Together we will broaden the reach of BRD harm minimisation programs and campaigns to educate and protect communities. The network will improve pathways for community feedback, and participation in the regulatory process.  

Network membership for community groups and intermediaries is offered at two levels: 

  • Informed Members are kept informed with news and information from across the three regulators that may be relevant for their communities or sector.  

 Members are encouraged to take part in polls, surveys, submissions etc, and to inform BRD of any risks or harms emerging in their sector.

  • Involved Members take a more active role, including contributing to the  development of content and the delivery of harm minimisation initiatives 

 To take part in this initiative please refer to the Terms of Reference and Fact Sheet attached.

The sign up process takes about 5 minutes of your time, there is no cost involved and you can find the membership form here.

We are planning our next disability sector meeting to be held 26 May 2022 and will be featuring guest speakers from the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and regarding Fair Trading’s, talkin’ together resources for working with people with disability.

Please feel free to share the information within your network and other organisations you think would find the Community Voice Network beneficial especially organisations working with our multicultural communities, people with disabilities, youth and Aboriginal communities.   

I look forward to discussing with you further to explore how we can work together in partnership with CV-net.

I can be contacted on (02) 9566 8665, return email or at jessica.eggins@customerservice.nsw.gov.au


Women, Health and Wellbeing, Disability

Creative Minds Course

The Illawarra Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (IWDVCAS) and Family Advocacy Support Service (FASS) are services of Women Illawarra. 

We have 27 WDVCAS based across NSW, we’re a not-for-profit organisation. 

For those that don’t know we work in partnership with NSW Police Force, NSW Local Courts, the Department of Justice and a range of other stakeholders such as housing and health services. We service the areas between Helensburgh and Gerroa.

Our service provides women and their children with information, support, advocacy and safety planning where appropriate. We also provide referrals to other services including housing, counselling, financial assistance or health services. We work with solicitors from the Domestic Violence Unit or Domestic Violence Duty Scheme, who can provide legal advice on matters including Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs), financial advice, family law, immigration and other issues. 

Our service assists:

  • Women and their children who are or have been experiencing domestic and family violence, with their legal, social and welfare needs.
  • 16 years or older
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders
  • Women from multi-cultural communities
  • Women living with a disability
  •  LGBTIQ women

In partnership with Kiama Community College we have created a course for women that have or/are living in domestic or family violence situations that may be living with a disability.  

This course is based around art, aromatherapy and photography and they will receive RPL at the end of the course.

If you have any clients that may be interested in this course please contact us via email or phone. Alternatively your client can contact us and we can complete all the paperwork to get her enrolled in the course.  

Rebecca Moulds
Domestic & Family Violence Specialist
Illawarra Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service [IWDVCAS]

T: 02 4229 4604 

E: rebecca@womenillawarra.org.au  

Working Days: Monday, Tuesday – 9:30am-5:30pm, Thursday 8am-4pm


Disability

FREE Ability Online Group Workshops & Ongoing Individual Disability Counselling and Support

FREE individual counselling and support that is available to any individual living with a disability, their family and or carers’, and/or those working in the disability sector.

FREE group workshops hosted by our Ability Groupwork team.

Starting from Tuesdays the 5 April Self-Esteem and Communication for Men with a Disability. This is a free four-week online course to help build new skills in a safe and supportive environment – learn how to clarify your problems, gain new perspectives and work through change.

Wednesdays from 6 April, Aboriginal Women’s Group, a free six-week online course to support, encourage and celebrate Aboriginal Women who have a disability or are caring for someone with a disability. Share stories, form friendships, and connect with like -minded women in a safe and caring environment.

Every Friday from the 8 April, a FREE four-week online group for people living with disabilities, Feeling Great About Me- get the tools to have great relationships, manage emotions and improve self-care.

Please see the attached flyers for details, and for further information please contact:

Alicia Battestini Team Leader for Ability Groupwork (we are also open to collaborating on joint workshops with your organization)

Phone: 02 4221 2000

Email: illawarra@ransw.org.au

Website: relationshipsnsw.org.au

AND For our  Individual Counselling please contact:

T:1300 024 320

or

E: drccs@ransw.org.au

Disability Royal Commission Counselling and Support

Relationships Australia NSW



Disability

National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme is for adults who were sexually abused as
a child.

Call our team on 1800 843 929

Email info@wayfinderhub.com.au

You might get redress for what happened. You might get:
• Money
• Counselling
• An apology

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is a disability rights, representative and advocacy organisation. PWDA’s Redress team are available to assist people with disability to access the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme. We receive funding through the Federal Government to provide confidential and free support for people with disability (including psychosocial disability/mental health issues) to access the Scheme, should they wish to.

The Scheme was set up in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and for eligible people offers: financial redress, counselling and psychological services, and the potential for an apology from the relevant institution. Across Australia we are seeking to form working relationships with organisations as well as working with people with disability. Our aim is to establish referral pathways, and offer services information and support in working with people who may wish to apply to the Redress Scheme.

We acknowledge the scheme is not highly advertised. One reason for this is due to the concern about possible trauma that advertising may cause a survivor. We have also found that this means that many people do not know their eligibility and are missing out. We prefer to work collaboratively with services and can provide guidance and advice in understanding how best to support people with disability access the scheme. We work this way so that people can continue to work with the services they know and trust and workers they are connected to, rather than discussing sensitive issues with a new service they do not know. We offer individualised presentations to services about the scheme, and are happy to discuss any issues, concerns and questions they may have. We also provide warm referrals to other redress services in regional communities, so we are also very keen to work with these services as well.

Please contact us if you would like any further information, would like us to present to your staff, or if you would like to talk with us about how we may be able to work together. Please find attached some brochures and information on our service. Also, you can find additional information about People with Disability Australia on our website http://www.pwd.org.au

Linda Wiseham

Project Officer and Advocate, Redress Project

0490 082 737

lindaw@pwd.org.au

Karen Kobier

Manager and Specialist Advocate, Redress Project

0434 692 845 karenk@pwd.org.au


Disability

National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme was set up in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and for eligible people offers: financial redress, counselling and psychological services, and the potential for an apology from the relevant institution.

Our project works with people with disability (over the age of 18) who were sexually assaulted in institutional care as children, and we assist them to apply for redress in regards to the assault.

I am fully funded and my service is 100% free.

I work using a cross disability focus which means I also work with people with psychosocial disability (Mental Health) and I do not need evidence of disability. I work closely with services, and can also assist services who would like to assist any potential redress clients. Although my service is for people with disability, I collaborate and work closely with mainstream services and provide warm referrals, so I really like to get to know what the other services in the area are also doing.

Linda Wiseham (She/Her), Project Officer & Advocate, Redress Project

People with Disability Australia

phone
02 9370 3100             email lindaw@pwd.org.au mobile 0490 082 737        


Disability

Your Radio Reading Service

Sydney: 1224 AM & 100.5 FM; Newcastle & the lower Hunter: 100.5FM 2RPH Digital

Expansion of 2RPH to Wollongong

Introduction

2RPH is a special purpose community radio station which provides a radio reading service for people who cannot access published material, read independently, handle or understand printed material. Our audience also includes listeners who for many other reasons find it difficult to access or interpret text-based journalism and information.

We broadcast across the Sydney basin and the broader Newcastle/Lower Hunter region on both the AM (1224AM) and FM (100.5FM) frequencies, and in Sydney on 2RPH Digital, and increasingly via streaming and on-demand.  Our service features readings from the top daily Australian newspapers, domestic magazines, and books as well as international publications.  

This service is delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to over 100,000 weekly listeners by around 200 volunteers who present 100 programs to an audience of over 100,000 weekly listeners (40% people with disability; 60% people without disability).

2RPH is part of a network of RPH stations, of which there are a total of seven stations: Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, and Darwin.

Our listeners

Our listeners include people with low vision or people who often can’t hold a newspaper, magazine or book because of physical disabilities caused by conditions such as strokes, arthritis, or cerebral palsy, etc. The service provides highly valued access to published material from the daily newspapers, national and international magazines, and book readings.

Additionally, people listen to 2RPH while they are driving, or working at home or at business, simply because they enjoy the programming. Some hospitals and nursing homes broadcast 2RPH through their ‘in-house’ systems.

The service:

  1. Provides informative, enabling and entertaining content and information on issues and events of interest to a diversified audience.
  2. Has a significant footprint across NSW through broadcast and other distribution arrangements.
  3. Strengthens our position as a respected, niche station in the media through strategic partnerships.

Why are we wanting to expand to Wollongong?

Wollongong is a major city within NSW and has long been part of the 2RPH ambition, which until now has been thwarted by a lack of resources.  We are now in a position to realise this ambition but which to do so with a considered, collaborative approach.   

The value of the service to Wollongong listeners:

2RPH contributes to the cohesion of the community and an individual’s wellbeing by:

  • Empowering listeners: providing information that assists those with a disability; those managing their mental health or who are older and unable to access appropriate support and services;
  • Informing the public: helping drive an understanding of the issues facing our community of interest and the challenges of living with disability, mental illness, or ageing;
  • Utilizing the service to support relevant strategies such as Ageing Well in NSW: Seniors Strategy 2021–2031.
  • Reducing isolation: via our broadcasting capability helping more Australians increase their participation in the community by becoming aware of events, information and opportunities, and in so doing reduce a sense of isolation;
  • Enriching our listeners well-being and engagement: by presenting engaging and entertaining programs to help develop an understanding of their place in the community and to help foster participation in public discourse.

Potential Involvement and contribution by local organisations and services

In developing local programs 2RPH seeks partnerships and collaboration with other relevant organisations to facilitate a sense of belonging: by informing and connecting with those who are part of, or care for, a member of its community of interest.

Longer term outcomes may include:

  • the development of technical and presentation skills as a pathway to employment
  • ILC grant opportunities.

Initial collaboration may include:

  • The establishment of a reference group from the region
  • Collaborated programming
  • The use of an audio booth to enable material to be produced locally
  • Content produced locally either for broadcast, podcast or on demand
  • Local voices presenting the live to-air-shift
  • Local stories being told with the potential to be broadcast across our network.

Implementation

We are on schedule to transmit from Brokers Nose on 93.3FM from October 2021, via with a soft launch followed by a public launch prior to Christmas.

As part of our practice of including local papers in our schedule we will read selected articles from the Illawarra Mercury. It is intended the initial program will be read from 1300 to 1400, Mon-Friday.


Disability

NATION LGBTQ+ DISABILITY INTERAGENCY.

I’m Joanna Leigh, one of ACON’s Community Health Promotion Officers for the LGBTQ People with Disability Project together with my colleague Charbel Zada.

I’d like to invite your organisation to be a part of the NATION LGBTQ+ DISABILITY INTERAGENCY.

The Interagency will provide the opportunity for LGBTQ and  disability services to network, exchange information and share the best and latest practice. The aim of the interagency is to increase understanding of the disability sector and developments with the NDIS especially as they are relevant to increasing participation and improving services and the lives of LGBTQ+ people with disabilities.

Please find attached the draft Terms of Reference for more information. Feedback is welcome and we can finalise it at the first meeting. .

Meetings will be held monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 2pm from 11th February on Zoom to allow for national participation. When Covid19 restrictions allow in person networking opportunities or meetings may also be held.

Please RSVP by Thursday 4 February 2021 to Joanna Leigh at jleigh@acon.org.au so you can be added to the mailing list and you can receive the Zoom invite.