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, 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

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.