New program receives grant to help women with disability find work
Julia Farr MS McLeod (JFM) Benevolent Fund announced Friday it was awarding a grant to YWCA Adelaide’s Y Connect program.
The project looks to empower women living with disability through employment or career development.
It involves a 10 week mentoring and workshop program, to build women’s knowledge and use of their personal strengths, while developing confidence and setting goals.
Y Connect also aims to expand the networks of participants, and provide opportunities for personal and professional development.
Liz Forsyth, the CEO of YWCA Adelaide, said the program would offer options for women to progress their leadership development and further engage with YWCA.
“This project is tailored to support women living with disabilities build their capacity for work and a career, whilst helping us better meet their needs in engaging in a women’s organisation”, Forsyth said.
JFM CEO, Robbi Williams, told Pro Bono News that JFM was a trust fund that looked to invest in initiatives that gave people with disability a fair go, which made YWCA Adelaide a worthy grant recipient.
“One of the issues for many people living with disability is unemployment, so despite people having many strengths and gifts, they are overly represented in the ranks of unemployment,” Williams said.
“So we put out a call through our trust fund for ideas about ways to increase the chances that people with disability can move into mainstream, waged employment. YWCA got in touch with us about an idea, looking at mentoring between their members and women living with disability looking for work, to build their confidence and capacity.
“We thought it was a good idea, but could be something a little bit more than that. Mentoring is important but we’re also aware that members of the YWCA would also have their personal and professional networks, and this is a great opportunity for those members to use their networks to help those with disability to find work.”
He said the program would really focus on using these networks to propel women with disability into employment.
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