Raise Our Voices – Disability Self Advocacy


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

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

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

    ECCV will deliver 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 will help 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 Yuli Liang on (03) 9354 9555 or email yliang@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

    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



    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 Broadmeadows peer support group meets the third Monday of each month.
    Time: 12pm noon
    Location: TBC
    Contact: 1300 676 044
    Email: christian@mrcnorthwest.org.au

    Dandenong Group

    Please note the Dandenong Group is currently full.

    The Dandenong peer support group meets the second Monday of each month.
    Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
    Location: 260 Lonsdale Street Service Road, Dandenong VIC 3175
    Contact: 1300 676 044
    Email: christian@mrcnorthwest.org.au

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