Victorian disability self-help groups will be able to provide extra support for people with disability, their families and carers – thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP announced the local groups that will receive grants of up to $10,000 over two years as part of the Labor Government’s Disability Self Help Grants Program.
Shepparton MS Peer Support Group, which provides peer support for people with Multiple Sclerosis & other Neurological Conditions and their family members/carers – are set to receive a $9,900 grant to support their valuable work in the Shepparton region.
A total of 61 groups across the state will receive grants as part of the program. This includes 19 self help groups from rural and regional Victoria and 10 groups representing diverse communities.
Self help groups bring together people with lived experience of disability who are dealing with similar challenges to share their experiences, support each other and connect with the community.
Other successful grant recipients across Northern Victoria include:
- $9,000 – Sunraysia Carer Support Group (auspice Carers VIC) – Mildura
- $8,695 – YarraMul Carers Support Group auspice Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House Inc
- $2,190 – Hume Post-Polio Support Group – Rutherglen
The Labor Government’s $378,000 grant funding will strengthen groups by assisting with general expenses, minor works and equipment.
The Government will also evaluate the grants program to better understand how people engage in self help activities, address any gaps and identify improvements for the future.
To find out more, visit: providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/disability-self-help-grants-program
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“We’re very proud to support YarraMul Carers Support Group and other fantastic groups that do an incredible job helping people with disability, their families and carers.”
“Caring for a friend or loved one can be very rewarding but can also be challenging, particularly in regional areas. This grant will help the organisation continue providing peer support, advice and connection – and play a vital part in health and wellbeing outcomes of carers in the region.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan
“These grants are just one example of how we’re giving people with disability, their families and carers the support they need at a grassroots level.”
“Disability self-help groups give people valuable emotional and practical support and help connect them with others dealing with similar challenges – we’re proud to support them.”