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NECA is a community-based program in Darebin, Banyule, Nillumbik and Whittlesea which creates a one-on-one relationship between a person with an intellectual disability and a volunteer.

It is a way to defend the interests and rights of people and a way for people to make a real difference in your local community.

People with intellectual disabilities are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups within our community. They have often experienced rejection and isolation from a young age and can become disconnected from the community.

Becoming a Citizen Adovocate and friend really does change their lives as your involvement promotes acceptance and inclusion for the individual.

Full support is provided throughout your role; therefore, you don't need any special qualifications or experience.

The level of volunteering varies in each relationship depending on the individual's needs, their current situation and goals/dreams for the future.

Common roles a volunteer can fulfill are:

  • Sharing time, a simple gesture that create inclusion and self-worth.
  • Provide support to make informed decisions so they can remain in control of their life.
  • Being a voice and standing up for the individual's rights.
  • Mentoring and providing a good example for the participant

Flexible days and hours - approximately one hour a week.