We are committed to assisting people with disability in Darebin, and increasing their representation and participation in the community.
Some current community capacity building programs and opportunities for people with disability to get involved include:
Enabling Women Leadership Program
Enabling Women is a community leadership program targeting women with disabilities to have a voice about issues that relate to them and other women with disabilities. The Program empowers women to build upon their advocacy skills and voice to advocate for themselves and others. It has a focus on natural leadership, building self-confidence and discusses ways to contribute to the local community as a woman with a disability. It is a 6-week program: 1 day per week for 6 weeks, with a graduation ceremony at completion of the program.
The program has come to the inner north Melbourne metropolitan area with the collective support and enthusiasm of Darebin City Council, City of Yarra and Moreland City Council, Women’s Health in the North in partnership with Women with Disabilities Victoria and is currently seeking participants.
The program will run from 10am to 3pm at the Northcote Library, 32-38 Separation St, Northcote on the below days and dates.
• 15th August, Tuesday
• 22nd August, Tuesday
• 29th August, Tuesday
• 7th September, Thursday (this is the only workshop that is on a Thursday)
• 12th September, Tuesday
• 19th September, Tuesday
You need to be able to participate in at least 4 of the 6 sessions and preferably the graduation. Will you make this commitment?
The graduation celebration will be hold on held on Tuesday 3rd October, 10am - 1pm at the Richmond Town Hall
To get involved: Applications close on 5pm Thursday 27th July with interviews will be held the following week on Monday 31st July and Wednesday 4th August
Local Women who identify as having a disability and are interested in building upon their natural leadership skills, learning about advocacy, connecting with the community and making new friends are strongly encouraged to apply to become a participant.
Fill in the application form and contact Carly Myers, Women with Disabilities Victoria, on 9286 7815 or email email@example.com
Sexual Lives and Respectful Relationships (SLRR) Program
SLRR program is for anyone with an intellectual disability who wants to talk about and share ideas about having respectful relationships in their lives. People with intellectual disability are trained as Peer Educators to run the program in collaboration with Co-facilitators.
The SLRR program is a series of 4 workshops where you will talk about your rights and share ways to have good relationships including:
- Talking about respectful relationships and sexuality
- Learning about rights and being safe
- Learning where to get more information about sexual health and relationships
To get involved:
full program details and dates will be released soon, to put your name down to be involved
contact Darebin's MetroAccess Officer 03 8470 8368, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bandmates is a program that matches volunteers with people over 18 with disability or mental health issues, to go out to live music. Often people with disability and/or mental health issues are unable to attend live music unless they are with parents or support workers. This project creates solid foundations that facilitate social access, build community connections and enhance well-being through accessing popular and independent arts and culture.
- Are you a young person over 18 with a disability or mental health issue that wants to see live music?
- Want to meet a person who has the same musical interest as you?
- Bandmates will meet and talk with you and match you with a volunteer of your choice.
To get involved: contact the Bandmates Victoria Officer, Sara Franzoni, Maribyrnong City Council on 0437 161 061, email email@example.com or website.
In Australia standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of all people with a disability or their carers. As a result carers struggle with choosing between changing their loved-ones on the floors of public toilets or being confined to the four walls of their home. Changing Places Toilets are a real improvement on standard accessible toilets. Each Changing Places toilet provides: a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, a tracking hoist system, enough space and a safe and clean environment.
Darebin Council has committed to build four Changing Places throughout the life of our Council Plan 2017-2021.
Darebin Disability Advisory Committee
The Darebin Access and Inclusion Plan 2015-2019 is monitored by the Darebin Disability Advisory Committee (DDAC). The Committee advises Council on issues relating to access and inclusion for people with a disability. The Committee is chaired by a Councillor and made up of community representatives with a disability, carers, local service providers and relevant Council staff.
Support to participate
Any disability-related support required to participate is covered by Council. This includes costs for travel, attendant care, respite care, language interpreters, Auslan interpreting and other reasonable costs.
Ph: 03 8470 8368