Being able to cover our daily living costs is something we all expect that we will be able to do when we grow up. And when we’re young we take the necessary steps to help achieve this, such as getting an education, training, volunteering and building our networks.
Yet despite taking these steps, many women with disabilities struggle to find suitable employment impacting their confidence and their ability to have some independence and control over their economic security.
“This grant will investigate and evaluate the supports provided to disabled women who are seeking work after a period of study. Currently, many fall through systemic cracks and fail to achieve the life-affirming goals associated with a successful transition into their chosen career.
The findings from the project will inform the establishment of a collaborative local network of community groups and agency supports. This model of collective mentorship ensures assistance is available during this uncertain stage of life by providing informed and relevant guidance to match each women’s individual situation.”
– Bev Hoffman, CEO
WHGNE and NELLEN will deliver a scoping project to identify the educational, vocational and community supports available to women with disabilities as they transition into employment in the Wodonga region. Stage 1 of a longer-term project, TIC will evaluate the community connections available currently. A framework will be established connecting the women to a community mentor network, relevant agencies, and programs. This project will make a real difference to the lives of women with disabilities who live in this region.
A special thank you to the Phyllis Connor Memorial Trust for supporting this project.
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