Volunteers needed for NDIS

A new campaign Volunteer For Disability has been launched to raise awareness of the need for volunteers to help meet the demand for disability workers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).


Interchange Incorporated's campaign campaign aims to raise awareness of the power of volunteering in the disability sector and to recruit volunteers to help support people with a disability and their families.


Over four million Australians are living with a disability, many of whom rely on volunteers for social participation in the community and family support.


However, the number of volunteer positions that need to be filled in the disability sector far exceeds the number of volunteers and now the NDIS is fuelling even more demand - Australia needs 60,000 new disability workers by 2020, according to a Productivity Commission report.


“Volunteering is a fantastic way for people to give back to their community and to support people living with disabilities, and now more than ever we need people willing to donate their time,” said Ms Kerry Uren, Executive Officer at Interchange.


“There is already more than 1,000 people with disabilities on waiting lists for volunteers across Interchange’s member organisations in Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia, and demand for services is expected to surge as the NDIS rolls out,” said Ms Uren.


Interchange is also helping to address the demand for disability workers by providing a career pathway into the disability sector for volunteers through accredited online training.


Developed by Wodonga TAFE, the training is free for volunteers and can be included as an elective subject in Certificate III and IV Disability and Certificate III and IV Community Services qualifications.


“With the NDIS creating tens-of-thousands of new jobs in disability services Australia-wide, volunteering can be a pathway to a new career, as well as a way to make a real difference,” said Ms Uren.


“Our new online training program will give volunteers a head start on a career in disability services, adding to the incredible practical experience they get from volunteering.”


See https://govolunteer.com.au/volunteering-organisations/4610 for more information about volunteering.


8 December 2017.