Volunteering Services Australia (VSA) and International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD) have secured a partnership with the United Nations (UN) under the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, to promote inclusion, to protect and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity and to strive for fairness, justice and equality of opportunity.
The registered partnership between the UN, VSA and IDPWD is a major initiative that defines the values and goals of each organisation over the next five years. Being to promote the recognition and celebration of diversity in all its forms through continued active community engagement initiatives.
“The partnership with the UN and IDPWD is such a positive alignment for VSA. The SDG’s are more globally collaborative than ever before, and are not to be taken lightly.” Said Mr Simon Nugus, CEO VSA.
“VSA focuses on enabling people to fully participate in their communities and we exist to meet the needs of the most disadvantaged and marginalised in our communities. Under this partnership we have the opportunity to focus our approach even more, and to truly achieve sustainable social impact.” Said Mr Nugus.
To meet its objectives under the UN Partnership, VSA and IDPWD have collaborated to create new opportunities, particularly for people living with a disability.
A specialised service which supports people who live with a disability to access mainstream volunteering opportunities within their communities;
- The creation of a dedicated Fund which provides financial and mentoring support for people living with a disability to establish their own businesses and create Social Enterprises and Micro Enterprises which create opportunities for their own financial empowerment.
- Providing targeted support for organisations across the community to create workplaces which value and celebrate diversity and inclusion, and to celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities on the 3rd December each year.
- The creation of interactive learning platforms for people wanting to work within the disability services sector and the NDIS in particular.
- The development of education and learning resources to enable children to learn to embrace and value difference and diversity.
The continued roll-out of the NDIS across Australia has revolutionised the disability services sector, and VSA’s partnership with the United Nations and International Day of People with Disabilities is a timely and welcome opportunity to create new, innovative services which meet the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals by fostering inclusion, equality, diversity and acceptance within and across communities.
VOLUNTEERING SERVICES AUSTRALIA – Is the largest volunteer resource centre in Australia and is one of the top community transport operators in the country, transporting seniors and people with disabilities. With outreach programs across the Gold Coast, West Moreton and Launceston, Tasmania.
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