More funding for careers


A Sunbury support group will be one of 72 Victorian self-help groups to receive funding through the latest round of the disability self-help grants program.

Disability Minister Lizzie Blandthorn visited Sunspec Support Group for Families and Carers of People with Disabilities in Sunbury on April 10, which will deliver a series of workshops about mental health for carers of people with disabilities with the funding.

Valued up to $14,000 over two years, the state government said the grants will strengthen social, emotional and practical support provided to people with disability and their families or carers.

Ms Blandthorn said the investment will support disability self-help groups, where people can share their experiences and offer each other support and information.

“This is just one way we are making sure people with disability can participate in all aspects of our community – helping to build an inclusive Victoria,” she said.

The state government said this year for the first time the grants have expanded to support activities that celebrate pride and recognition, or pay for guest speakers.

Another grant recipient is the Inclusive Rainbow Voices, which is a group that advocates for human rights of LGBTIQA+ people with disability.

The group will receive funds to set up a new peer support group and contract a peer worker to support the work that they do in the community.

Applications for the grants round were open to all Victorian-based disability self-help groups. Details: