Community Participation

Community Participation occurs when we are engaged meaningfully in our local community. There are a range of ways in which we can participate in the local community.


Volunteering means to provide:

  • unpaid work in the a community organisation or for the good of the community
  • something an individual does of their own free will
  • something that benefits the individual as well as the community
  • ability to gain experience, develop skills and meet new people

For more information about Volunteering and links to state and local organisations click here (Refer to Page 37 of the NW CTS 2015 Resource Guide)

Metro Access

Metro Access is a role funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. Each local government authority has an allocated Metro Access Officer. The Metro Access roles act as a liaison to councils regarding specific disability-related issues. Their role also entails the provision of providing information and community resources specific to disability. For a list of the officers across the North West Melbourne region you can find out more here (Refer to the NW CTS 2015 Resource Guide Pages 38 – 40)

Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres

Neighbourhood Houses bring people together to connect, learn and contribute in their local community. Neighbourhood Houses welcome people from all walks of life. This inclusive approach creates opportunities for individuals and groups to enrich their lives through connections they might not otherwise make. To read more click here (Refer to the NW CTS 2015 Resource Guide Page 40)

Recreation Programs

There are a range of organisations which provide recreation support programs for people with disability. To find out more information click here (Refer to the NW CTS 2015 Resource Guide Page 51)