Now more than ever disabled people need a voice.
Disabled people still do not receive a fair go with employment.
And, as our logo demonstrates, we like to fly the flag for anyone who needs a bit of a helping hand in dealing with the challenges and issues day-to-day life throws up.
Whether you need someone to hold your hand or speak on your behalf when dealing with local, state or federal government agencies or just someone to lend a supportive ear, WYNDAG can help!
How are we different to other disability groups out there?
We could give you a load of guff about how we know what's best for you and why you should listen to us...
...but the simple truth is that WYNDAG is a group formed to help people living with a disability...
BY people living with a disability!
Our membership of over 200 people has a practical and shared understanding of a lived experience; and membership is FREE.
This means that when we're dealing with people who need our help, we can create bonds that others can't understand.
So, if you're a disabled person or a carer living in Wyndham and would like to broaden your horizons and make some new friends, contact us...we would love to hear from you!
OK, that's the boring bit done – we're a vibrant group of disability advocates who live a shared experience!
And each of our annually-elected committee members has firsthand experience of living, or caring for someone, with a disability. Founded in the mid-1990's, WYNDAG has helped many people overcome their issues, connect with a wide network of disability services and organisations...and make some new friends! We are pleased to have a good working relationship with Wyndham City Council and have as our council representative Cr Shane Bourke.
If you would like to become a member or join our committee please contact us, or check out our committee member profiles.
I have lived in Werribee for 20 years after shifting from Canberra, where I was involved in several community activities. The main activities revolved around three school systems and area scouting. In Werribee I was part of the Anti Toxic Dump campaign and attended the Wyndham Disability Group meetings.
Been in Wyndham area for about 20 years. Disabled (polio) most of my life. Career in management - textiles, retail. Now disability support worker and is the Community development Officer - Access All Abilities for the YMCA in Wyndham and Melbourne (CBD). Spending time in Cambodia, passion is travelling and making sure disabled persons everywhere get a fair go. I'm the grumpy old fart of the Committee. And recently married!
Disabled by Interstitial Myositis since 2008. Formerly worked at Wyndham City Council as CALD & Disability Project Officer, as cash office administrator/ checkout operator; studied Cert 4 in Disability works and Diploma in Disability services. And managed BaseCamp3030 which main function is to run camps for people with disabilities within Wyndham. Active in disability field since 2000 and find this area to be my passion.
Julian is our Treasurer and keeps close guard on WYNDAG's finances. No Juliana's car did not come from WYNDAG's bank account! Juliana is passionate about preventing abuse of the Disabled Parking scheme. She is also strong about persons with disability getting all the same rights as the rest of the community. Juliana works part-time a book keeper.
Have lived in Wyndham over 30 years. Disabled by polio since 1951. Former credit officer; then mature-age student at Deakin Uni. Active in disability self-help movement since 1978. Enrolled Senior Soldier in The Salvation Army, Werribee Corps. Committed Christian, addicted to voluntary community service. Widowed 11 years, but still looking for another Mr Right.
Previous Secretary/Public Officer. Heather Boreham is relatively to the Wyndham area, but has embraced the city and it's surrounds. She agreed (after some arm-twisting) to become Secretary and is trying to fit this role in with other interests. Heather has many interests outside disability rights. Heather is also reponsible for the WYNDAG Rag newsletter.
Des has returned to the WYNDAG Committee after an absence. Des was part of the original WYNDAG COmmittee. He has been involved in the area of disability across many years, having been in a management role at Mambourin and is currently a House Supervisor with Gellibrand Services. His vast knowledge of disability issues in the west will be an asset to the Committee.
Delia is a Committee Member and represents WYNDAG on a number of groups (aquired brain injury groups, Women with Disabilities etc). Delia no longer drives, but can be seen around the Wyndham area on her trusty scooter with her companion dog at her feet.
Anthony is the latest addition to the Committee. He is representing Mambourin Enterprises. He will also present some views of younger persons. He recently completed his Leadership Plus course under the tutelage of Simon Nette.
Shane is one of 2 Councillor representatives on the Committee and filled this role for a number of years. He provides wise advice to the Committee on a range of issues and keeps the Committee up to date on Council issues. Shane is Councillor for Chaffey Ward.
Marie is one of 2 Councillor representatives on the Committee. She began on the Committee at the December meeting. Marie is a Councillor for the Chaffey ward and is the Wyndham Council Deputy Mayor.
But no, unfortunately that doesn't mean we mow your lawns, cook dinner or put out the cat.
But we can hold your hand when dealing with local, state or federal government agencies, help advocate for disability services and facilities...or just listen if you want to rant, rave or cry!
We can also lend you advice based on our experiences or put you in touch with a wide range of organisations and groups in Melbourne and across the state that can help with any issue you might be facing, including DisAbility Connections (Victoria), Wyndham Mental Health Alliance, Independence Australia and the Migrant Resource Centre to name a few.
So, if you think you have something we can help with, or if you would just like to join a network of like-minded people living a shared experience in your local community, contact us today!
Don't waste hours trawling the internet for the help you need!
WYNDAG is proud to be friends with the following disability services and networks.