BUILDING LEADERSHIP CAPACITY FOR ALL ABILITIES
Leadership WA has secured a $400,000 grant from the Department of Communities (Disability Services) to deliver LeadAbility, a course which introduces empowering concepts of leadership to both people with a disability and workers in the disability sector.
“It’s our mission to champion courageous and diverse leadership,” said Dominique Mecoy, CEO, Leadership WA. “The LeadAbility course is a vital community resource that will encourage an inclusive leadership community in Western Australia,”
Since its first year in 2015, more than 60 participants across a wide range of sectors have completed the LeadAbility course. According to an evaluation survey, more than 90% of participants were able to immediately apply what they learnt.
Graduates of the course have since entered the workforce; changed employment; gained board memberships; become advocates; increased their self-confidence; and increased their motivation to make changes in their community.
“LeadAbility helped to clarify my vision and find my voice when it came to what I actually wanted to do,” said Ben Aldridge, a graduate of LeadAbility and current participant of Leadership WA’s Rising Leadership program.
At the age of 22, Ben suffered a 30-foot drop which left him a quadriplegic. He has since become a professional public speaker and owner of 30 Foot Drop, an organisation dedicated to increasing openness and inclusion for people with a disability.
Leadership WA also received further $178,000 in State and Commonwealth funding under the Information, Linkages and Capacity (ILC) Building grants in May this year.
The ILC funding will enable delivery of two LeadAbility programs in regional locations that will be determined through consultation to be undertaken by the Department of Communities.
“The McGowan Government is proud to support Leadership WA in its efforts to empower Western Australians living with disability and those working in the sector.” said The Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Disability Services.
“I congratulate all parties involved in this excellent initiative for fostering a diverse and inclusive leadership community, which will help our state grow and meet challenges in the future.”
In addition to providing a challenging but supportive environment where participants explore and enhance their leadership skills, LeadAbility participants network with other leaders who have a broad range of experiences and work on real-life community projects.
The participants also develop skills and insights into how they could engage in a Community of Practice focused on social change and impact in the sector.