Self-advocacy is learning the skills and confidence to become empowered and to speak up about things that are happening in your life.
The VALID pathways to empowerment aims to:
- create links to other VALID programs including the Keys to Success Program and Peer Action Groups
- bring about change in people’s lives and community to make things better for everyone.
- develop people with disabilities’ self advocacy skills in a range of different ways, from individual self advocacy to representing themselves and others locally, nationally and globally.
Supporting the VALID Self Advocacy Networks
VALID supports and maintains four Self Advocacy Networks in Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Melbourne. These Networks provide a forum for people with disabilities to strengthen their voices.
The monthly network meetings provide a valuable forum for people with a disability to:
- Speak up about rights
- Assist members to develop & use their advocacy skills
- Talk about issues and problems in order to create change
- Assist members to learn new things and gain information
- Empower members to speak up about things that are important to them
- Meet new people & socialise with participants from other services
- Provide a forum for government or other groups seeking feedback (views, ideas)
The Networks have a focus on inclusion, inviting guest speakers to deliver information that is specific to local communities and/or the disability sector.
Download the Northern Network flyer here
Download the Southern Network flyer here
Download the Eastern Network flyer here
Download the Western Network flyer here
Mainstream and Government Consultations
VALID Self Advocacy supports and/or facilitates consultations with people with a disability in both community and government organisations to ensure their voices are heard. This has been a positive shift into acknowledging people with a disability’s views into service delivery, mainstream strategic planning and co-production of resources.
Supporting the VALID Self Advocacy Forum
VALID supports the VALID Self Advocacy Forum, which meets once every 2 months. Members of the forum are selected from the Self Advocacy Networks and Peer Action Groups to represent their peers. 2 members of the Self Advocacy forum are elected onto VALID’s Committee of Management, and form part of VALID’s Governance.
If you would like to inquire about VALID’s self advocacy initiatives or want more information contact Rick on 03 9416 4003 or email: [email protected]