“Many fantastic volunteering organisations can use a little help to be more accessible and inclusive of people with a disability.” – Mark Glascodine, Career Counsellor for people with disabilities.
Victoria Alive Project
The ALIVE (Ability-Links-Inclusive-Volunteering-Everyday) project is an activity of the 2018-19 Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Transition Grant Stream, within the community awareness and capacity building activity area. The project aims to improve disability Inclusion in the volunteering community sector.
In partnership with Volunteering Victoria and Neighbourhood Houses Victoria, and with the support of the Victorian Government, the project will develop materials and run forums to build the capacity of the community and volunteer involving organisations to actively involve and engage with people with disabilities.
As part of the development of tools and resources, the project will explore innovative initiatives (such as micro-credentials for staff/volunteers or inclusive quality marks for organisations) based on research findings and a co-design process with the sector.
A social media campaign, including hashtag, key messaging, and stories of success will be created by the project to raise awareness and engagement from people with disabilities about volunteering opportunities.
Undertake research to better understand barriers that can hold people with disability back from volunteering, and also to learn how organisations can be more inclusive and involving.