Volunteer & Grow 

National Community Connectors

Communities Coming Together

Ways to Welcome – Resources & Tools

Talking Together Project



Volunteer & Grow Project 

Launched in July 2020, the Volunteer & Grow Project (V&GP) is designed to provide support to people with disability of any linguistic or cultural background who wish to volunteer, do work experience or find paid employment. The team consolidate  a wealth of knowledge and experience in disability, recruitment and training. 

It is our belief that “There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more”. With this in mind, the ultimate goal of the project is to provide opportunities to people with disability and promote a more inclusive and diverse volunteer/workforce.

Amongst the many things that the team can help you with are:

  • Peer Support
  • Mentoring
  • Volunteer Training
  • CV Creation
  • Interview Training
  • Explore volunteer opportunities
  • Active Job Seeking

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Click to see the Volunteer & Grow Pathway

National Community Connectors

Do you have a disability or care for someone who could benefit from the help the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can provide?

The Community Connectors program is here to give you culturally tailored support within your community to connect you to the NDIS.

What is a Community Connector?

Community Connectors support people from culturally and linguistically diverse and non-English speaking backgrounds to access the NDIS.

They help by acting as a liaison person between you and the NDIS. Your Community Connector can support you to:

  • apply for the NDIS
  • connect you with your local NDIS contacts
  • provide support for you to understand and use NDIS services better.                      

Get a Program Flyer in English

Get a Program Flyer in Arabic

Get a Program Flyer in Bengali

Get a Program Flyer in Indonesian

Get a Program Flyer in Nepali

Get a Program Flyer in Vietnamese

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Communities Coming Together

Do you come from a Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Community or New Emerging Community?

Are you a parent of a young child or children with a disability?

Would you like to know what services are available to you?

Communities Coming Together will build the capacity of culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability, their families, carers and communities through culturally appropriate peer-led support groups facilitated in community languages. This exciting project also supports newly emerging communities, families of young children with disability and established culturally and linguistically diverse communities with significant barriers to accessing services.

The project addresses two key issues being experienced by these groups: social isolation and a lack of engagement with disability and mainstream services.

For more information, please contact Lisa Buckingham  or Lisa Park

Referral Form

Program Flyer


Ways to Welcome             


#Ways to Welcome is a web resource co-designed by people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with disability. The project was funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to promote the inclusion of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with disability in the broader Australian community. Ethnic Community Services was successful in securing the largest ILC grant in partnership to other like-minded organisations, Diversitat and TMSG and the project was facilitated across three states in Sydney, NSW; Geelong, VIC and Townsville. The stories and resources presented provide opportunities to develop and deepen ways to create a more welcoming and inclusive Australia.

To join us on the journey, start by listening to the stories on the listen page. Then use the tools and resources in the learn portal to improve your ways to welcome. Finally, act on what you’ve learned by signing up to the Ways to Welcome Charter of Commitment.






Talking Together Project

In 2017 ECSC was invited to join a project partnership initiated by the NSW Department of Fair Trading. As Australian Consumer Law starts to apply to disability service provision under the NDIS framework, the project aimed to increase awareness of consumer rights among people with disability by running peer-facilitated community workshops across Sydney and regional NSW. Partnerships for project delivery were developed with key organisations that support people with disabilities to exercise their rights, including:

  • NSW Council of Intellectual Disability (NSW CID;
  • Community Disability Alliance Hunter (CDAH);
  • Ethnic Community Services Co-operative;
  • Diversity and Disability Alliance (DDA);
  • BEING (previously NSW Mental Health Awareness Consumer Advisory Group)

The project drew on a co-facilitator model that trains and employs people with disability to deliver workshop content, which in turn nurtures trust relationships, shared expertise and peer leadership. This approach gradually builds the capacity of the facilitators and support organisations to build expertise around Australian Consumer Law, while developing a transferable framework of resources and support mechanisms for other organisations to implement after the project is finalised. ECSC worked in direct partnership with the Disability Diversity Alliance (DDA) to deliver consumer rights workshops to culturally and linguistically diverse communities across Sydney.

Four peer facilitators employed as part of the project have gained expertise in consumer rights, developed their facilitation skills and used the great opportunities to share project resources and their own experiences during workshops. The success of the model resulted in the project being extended from September to December 2018 with the aim of reaching out to an even greater number of people with disability and families in a range of different communities. A 16 further workshops were delivered to multicultural communities in the Sydney region.