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Knox disability self-help groups receive funding boost

  • Victorian Coalition Government supporting local disability self-help groups to make a difference to the lives of people with a disability
  • Funding used for operating expenses, purchasing equipment or maintenance
  • Napthine Government support for people with a disability

Disability self-help groups Knox Stroke Survivors Support Group and Knox Yarra Ranges Polio Support Group will be able to continue providing vital support to people with a disability in the Knox community thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government.

Member for Ferntree Gully, Nick Wakeling MP said $3,000 would be provided for Knox Yarra Ranges Polio Support Group and over $700 would be provided for Knox Stroke Survivors Support Group for general operating expenses, to purchase equipment or carry out maintenance and operate the activities of each group.

A disability self-help group is a self-managed group of people, who meet regularly to help each other to better understand and manage their disability.

“This is a fantastic result for both Knox Yarra Ranges Polio Support Group and Knox Stroke Survivors Support Group and means people with a disability, their families and carers in our local community will be able to continue to support each other,” Mr Wakeling said.

“In the current financial climate, it can be difficult to raise funds so these grants will help ease the pressure for both of these local support groups.”

Minister for Disability Services and Reform, Mary Wooldridge said the investment in these two Knox support groups was part of the latest funding package of more than $466,000 which will support 106 disability self-help groups across the State.

“The Coalition Government has consistently recognised the importance of providing support to community based disability self-help groups where people with disabilities can help each other to live independently and make informed decisions about their own lives,” Ms Wooldridge said.

“This funding compliments the Victorian State Disability Plan 2013-16, and reflects its focus on creating a society where people with disability are supported to participate in community life in the same way as other members of the community.

For more information about Disability Self-Help Grants visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au/disabilityselfhelp

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