Victoria ALIVE Project - “Ability, Links, Inclusive, Volunteering, Everyday”.
Victoria ALIVE or Ability – Links – Inclusive – Volunteering – Everyday, is an inspiring new project that will help people with a disability to participate in the Victorian volunteering community.
“We know that diversity is good for an organisation and that there is tremendous value in volunteering for us all. However there is still a lot more work to do. This project will provide exciting opportunities for staff and volunteers in community organisations to upskill and contribute to a thriving volunteering community” says Ric Blackburn, Executive Officer of Victoria Men’s Sheds Association.
The project will run from October 2018 to September 2019. Victoria ALIVE will undertake research to better understand the barriers that can hold back people with disability from both volunteering and leading volunteer organisations.
“Together, the project team will develop resources tailor-made for volunteer-involving organisations in the community sector to equip organisations and volunteer managers with the tools they need to meet the highest standards of inclusiveness. And we will highlight the best examples of inclusive volunteering through social media” adds Nicole Battle, Chief Executive Officer of Neighbourhood Houses Victoria.
The Victoria ALIVE project will be delivered with people with lived experience with disability.
“It is important for people with lived experience to be leading the way in our communities and we are excited about the possibilities to change lives that this project presents”, says Scott Miller, Chief Executive of Volunteering Victoria.
The project will be delivered by Volunteering Victoria, in partnership with Neighbourhood Houses Victoria, Victorian Men’s Shed Association and is supported by the Victorian Government.