Raise Our Voices – Disability Self Advocacy

The Raise our Voices program aims to improve self-advocacy skills and empower people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities living with disability.

Run by Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, the Raise Our Voices program:

  • Raises awareness about what self-advocacy means.
  • Delivers Self-advocacy awareness training and information forums in CALD communities
  • Supports CALD peer-led networks and groups activities to empower people with disability, their carers and their families

ECCV is delivering the Raise Our Voices program across metropolitan Melbourne, Shepparton and Gippsland, collaborating with Migrant Resource Centre North West, the Ethnic Council of Shepparton & District and Gippsland Multicultural Services.

Raise our Voices helps people with disability build self-autonomy and self-confidence to voice concerns, gain greater understanding of how to access information, resolve issues and improve their ability to make their own choices and enhance self-management of NDIS plans and support services.

The program will improve understanding of the disability services system and support pathways for CALD Victorians with disability to ensure that disability services and the NDIS continue to respond to and include the needs of CALD consumers with disability, their families, careers and communities.

This is a free service.

For further information contact ECCV Disability Advocacy Project Officer Youssif Assafiri on (03) 9354 9555 or email yassafiri@eccv.org.au

What is self-advocacy?

Self-advocacy means:

  • Making sure you feel heard
  • Explaining your feelings, thoughts and asking for what you want
  • Being able to ask for help when you need it

Contact us today to get your voice heard!

Peer Support Groups


The Broadmeadows peer support group meets the third Monday of each month
Time: 12pm noon
Location: St Dominic’s Primary School, Broadmeadows
Contact: 0466 448 315
Email: yassafiri@eccv.org.au

Greater Gippsland (Latrobe area)

The Greater Gippsland peer support group meets the second Monday of each month.
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm
Location: 26-28 Tarwin Street, Morwell VIC 3840
Contact: (03) 5133 7072
Email: reception@gms.org.au


Dandenong & Pakenham

The Dandenong and Pakenham peer support groups meet the second Monday of each month
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: 260 Lonsdale St Service Road, Dandenong VIC 3175
Contact: 0466 448 315
Email: yassafiri@eccv.org.au

St. Albans

The St. Albans peer support groups meets the third Thursday of each month.
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Location: Migrant Resource Centre North West – 20 Victoria Cres, St Albans VIC 3021
Contact: 1300 676 044
Email: christian@mrcnorthwest.org.au


The Shepparton peer support group meets the 1st Tuesday of each month.
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Location: Ethnic Council of Shepparton & District, 158 Welsford Street, Shepparton VIC 3630
Contact: (03) 5831 2395
Email: athenap1980@gmail.com

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit www.dss.gov.au for more information.