Melba Support Services was the recipient of the latest Sidney Myer Fund-GALFA grant round focusing on LGBTI people living with disability. The $15,000 grant was given in December 2017.
Melba Support Services, based in Lilydale in Melbourne’s outer east, will work with Sexuality, Equality, Disability partners to run 12 full-day workshops for disability support workers on the specific needs of LGBTI people. They will also coordinate 25 one-one-one planning sessions with LGBTI people living with disability in preparation for their NDIS packages. The consortium partners include Pride VIC, Stabilise, and Ananda Training and Consultancy. This project will complement our previous grant to Inclusion Melbourne in June 2017, who are developing training materials for disability support organisations on the specific needs of LGBTIQ people with intellectual disability.
Melba Support Services CEO, Glenn Foard, said “We are delighted to receive support from GALFA and the Sidney Myer Fund for this vital work. As an organisation, we want to support LGBTIQ individuals to exercise choice and control over their lives – a fundamental premise of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. We look forward to supporting individuals access the disability supports they require”.