South Gippsland Shire Council supports Yooralla customers to have a say

DATE: 23 February 2016

Two Yooralla customers who attend the Leongatha Community Hub were thrilled to receive funding from the South Gippsland Shire Council to attend the 2016 Having a Say conference in Geelong.

The Having a Say conference is one of the most widely recognised events in Australia for people with disability to connect and learn, and for Dale and Damian Midwinter, the opportunity to attend was invaluable.

The two men lead busy, active lives; as well as attending the Leongatha Community Hub, where they undertake a range of learning and training activities, they both also work and volunteer across their local community.

For Dale and Damian, the most important aspect of the Having a Say conference was the opportunity to learn about their rights. Both agree that the experience of the event and the lessons learnt will be of great benefit to them in their daily lives, and will help them to continue the work they do.

Funding from the South Gippsland Shire Council covered all expenses including transport, accommodation, meals and entry to the conference for the pair, as well as community development worker Vanessa Holness.

Over the last few years, Vanessa has worked closely with the Council’s rural access officer Alisha Gilliland to build the relationship between the Hub and the local community, an effort that has resulted in great success and many doors opening for people with disability.

“I had an amazing three days at the Have a Say Conference supporting Dale and Damian,” says Vanessa.

“It was such an inspiring event seeing people with disabilities stand up and make a stand about their rights in the world they live, it was contagious and the whole world should be catching it.”

Dale and Damian would like to extend a sincere thanks to Alisha and the South Gippsland Shire Council for their ongoing support, and helping them to ‘have a say’!

Learn more about Yooralla’s Community Hubs.


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