Official opening of the Diversitat Diversability Centre

Diversitat officially opens new Diversability Centre for members of CALD communities with a disability.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community members with a disability will benefit greatly from Diversitat’s opening of the new Diversability Centre today.

The Diversability Centre, based at the Northern Community Hub will bring improved health, education and lifestyle options to people with a disability in CALD communities in the Geelong region.

“Our work on the ‘Diversitat Disability Findings Report’ in 2013 found that there were at least 100 people that we knew of in CALD communities with a disability that weren’t getting access to any services in Geelong whatsoever,” said Diversitat CEO Michael Martinez.

“Those were the ones we knew of- you could probably double or triple that to get the true figure.”

“What happens traditionally with ethnic communities is that they tend to look after their own and they’re missing out on services that they’re entitled to,” Mr Martinez said.

The purpose-built $865,000 centre received $314,000 in funding from the Australian Government under the Building Better Regions Fund, the Victorian Multicultural Commission provided $211,000, Perpetual committed $150,000, Diversitat itself contributed $75,000 with the same amount from Give Where You Live and The Geelong Community Foundation provided $40,000.

The building was today officially opened by Senator Sarah Henderson, alongside State MP Lara John Eren.

“This outcome doesn’t just happen overnight. We did that report years ago – by the time we did the report, got the funding, registered with NDIS…it’s taken years of work to get to where we are now with over 60 clients,” Mr Martinez said.

“The new building provides a good space for our staff and provides for expansion – potentially we could grow the service.”

“This building will provide for our needs now and into the future.”