Core Funding of Staff for Resource & Outreach Centres for People with physical and sensory disabilities
IWA operates Resource and Outreach Centres (ROC) in over 68 locations throughout the country. These centre’s support people with disabilities in their day-to-day lives by offering locally-based recreational and educational programmes. All programmes are designed to facilitate personal development and interaction with the local community. Over 3000 people with disabilities attend IWA centres each week. Additionally, each ROC is an access point for valuable resources, services & supports which include: Assisted Living Service, Advocacy, Motoring Advice Assessment and Tuition, Information, Sport, Respite Holidays, Peer Counselling, Youth Services and Volunteerism. Staff in the ROC’s have a strong focus on creating links and partnerships with all other disability and community services to support people.
In order to continue to deliver services in the Resource and Outreach Centres the provision of -support services for people with disabilities. Core funding is required for these vital staff positions in order to be able to continue to deliver services at an acceptable standard.
Accordingly, to influence government policy and to raise awareness in the wider community IWA profiled the issue of core funding in the IWA Pre-Budget Submission 2007. Also in 2007 IWA mobilised a strong election campaign with the launch of an Election Manifesto 2007. The issue of Core funding was placed high on the manifesto and lobbied for with all election candidates as they called to IWA member’s and staff front doors.
IWA representatives in partnership with other disability organisations continue to meet with government representatives to secure a commitment to the provision of quality services for people with disabilities as stated in the Disability Bill 2005.