Council grant boosts volunteer opportunities for people with disability

16/02/2017

Not-for-profit group 3Bridges Community, in partnership with the Intellectual Disability Foundation of St George, Sunnyhaven and Civic, has been awarded $50,000 by Georges River Council through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program.

The three community groups teamed up to request funding through the program to help with the creation of an Inclusive Volunteering Program for People with a Disability, which will help people with disabilities who want to volunteer in the local area.

Cassie Morris, a volunteer with 3Bridges Community, said the group was “very excited” to hear they were successful in gaining funding for their project.

“Without funding, the need we had identified might not have been addressed, but now we can support people with disabilities wanting to volunteer in the area,” she said.

“This project tries to address the barriers that people with disability might face when they strive to contribute to their community.”

Administrator of Georges River Council, John Rayner, said not only will this project benefit members of the local community, but also those with disabilities that want to volunteer.

“We now know that volunteering can help people live longer, happier and more connected lives,” he said.

“The wider community will also benefit from an increase in willing and able people helping out in the community sector.”

“I would like to congratulate the 3Bridges Community, Intellectual Disability Foundation of St George, and Sunnyhaven and Civic for their successful application and I look forward to hearing of their projects success.”

More than 60 applications were received by Council requesting funding through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program.

Of these applicants, 27 were awarded funding ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. A total of $1 million in funding was granted to local community groups.

For more information, please contact Council via 9330 6400 or visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.

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