Support for carers
We care about your wellbeing and the wellbeing of those you care for, and we aim to assist you and your household to maintain your preferred lifestyle and independence.
We are only a phone call away for practical support, guidance and services such as respite care.
The Companion Card is issued by the Victorian government to people with a significant permanent disability, who are unable to access most community activities and venues without an attendant support.
We are affiliated with the Companion Card program and we allow carers entry to our leisure centres at no cost.
Apply for a Carer Card to receive discounts and benefits including free public transport on Sundays.
Recreational Respite Programs
Milparinka provides recreational respite programs for people who live in the cities of Yarra, Darebin, Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley. These programs provide planned respite through recreation and leisure activities during weekends, holidays and some evenings.
For young carers
Carers Victoria's Young Carer Scholarship program gives young carers attending secondary school the opportunity to be acknowledged for their contributions to their family and the community and to participate in school or community based activities that enhance their skills, educational achievement and abilities, or that help them to participate more fully in their community.
MetroAccess is a Victorian government initiative that aims to make communities more welcoming and inclusive to people with disability. Services offered through MetroAccess complement mainstream services including health, education and transport.
MetroAccess specifically supports people with disability who live in metropolitan Melbourne. Our approach recognises that the issues you experience in the city are different to those experienced in regional and rural environments.
How does MetroAccess work?
The MetroAccess program supports developing the capacity of people with a disability in our community. Some of the things programs we offer include:
- Tips for making your business more accessible to educate and support local businesses to improve accessibility in their premises
- Providing recharge facilities for motorised scooters in local libraries and encouraging businesses to install similar recharge facilities
- Assisting community groups that apply for our grants to make their event or community program more accessible and inclusive to people with disabilities.
To contact our MetroAccess Officer call 9205 5555 or email us on email@example.com
Events and activities
Let’s Talk About Sex
Let's Talk about Sex is a three-hour sexuality and relationships forum for people with disability and those who support them, including their family members, friends and staff working in the disability sector.
The forum is hosted by cohealth with the support of City of Yarra, Darebin City Council and Melbourne Polytechnic.
To register, visit Eventbrite or contact Meredith Drinkell, Health Promotion Officer, cohealth on 03 9448 6302 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Positive Powerful Parents
Positive Powerful Parents is a self advocacy group run by parents with intellectual disability. Positive Powerful Parents are hosting a morning tea event and want to invite other parents with intellectual disability to come along and connect.
The morning tea event is on:
When: Thursday 17th October 2019
Time: 10am - 12pm.
Where: Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Syndromes Without a Name (SWAN)
Syndromes Without a Name (SWAN) is inviting all to its inaugural conference.
When: Saturday 19 October 2019
Time: 9 am to 2.30 pm
Where: Royal Children Hospital, Ella Latham Theatre, 50 Flemington Rd, Parkville 3052
For further information contact SWAN or call 0404 280 441. If you are interested in attending visit the Eventbrite
Are you a young person aged over 18 years with a disability or mental health issue that wants to see live music? Want to meet a person who has the same musical interest as you? Bandmates is the program for you.
Milparinka provides recreational respite programs for people who live in the cities of Yarra, Darebin, Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley. Escapades programs provide planned respite through recreation and leisure activities during weekends, holidays and some evenings
Bush Connections: linking people with disabilities to the bush
In Melbourne disability service Milparinka based in Brunswick and Richmond uses forest therapy for people with a disability. Bush connections currently run on Mondays and Sundays and individual arrangements are by appointment. If you are interested in joining the program or find out more, contact email@example.com
Access for All Abilities
RecLink Australia is funded by the Access for All Abilities program to act as the first point of call for people with disabilities looking for sporting opportunities, through the provision of Access for All Abilities Play. AAA Play is a free information and referral service.
Visit the AAA Play website or call today to discover the range of sports and active recreation activities close to your home for people of all abilities.
Disability Sports and Recreation
Disability Sports and Recreation work with Victorians with a disability to have equal opportunities to take part in sport and recreational activities they want to participate in.
YMCA Camping Escapes
YMCA offers the chance for everyone to travel and experience active recreation
Weave Movement Theatre
As well as producing new works, Weave present workshops and training days designed to engage people with a disability in the arts and build the capacity of the arts sector to include people of all abilities.
Weave workshops aim to encourage people with and without a disability to explore new ways of moving, to be creative and challenge assumptions about the abilities, ideas and possibilities of working with people who have a disability. These workshops and training days are available for:
- organisations which work in the field of disability and/or the arts
- people with a disability
- recreation workers, and
- dance practitioners
Scope offers sports, arts and social activities
Inkrewsive is a very unique program which supports artists to gain skills, become independent and receive occasional payment from performing in public gigs etc. Participants engage in professional art making experiences working with rap, beat making, dance and making music video clips.
Our MetroAccess Officer can provide information to support you to make your group or organisation more inclusive and accessible contact our MetroAccess Officer call 9205 5555 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
National Relay Service
TTY users phone 133 677 then ask for 9205 5555.
Speak & Listen users (speech-to-speech relay) phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 9205 5555.
Internet relay users connect to the National Relay Service online and then ask for 9205 5555.
For further information call Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 or email email@example.com