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YouMeUs - Achieving Inclusion

The City of Greater Dandenong, along with a number of other councils, are involved in the YouMeUs – Achieving Inclusion project.

The project’s vision is to promote an understanding of diversity in the community, challenge public perceptions of stereotypes, highlight the abilities of people with disabilities and support the development of inclusive communities.

It has been developed as an easy and effective way to deliver training to staff and volunteers whose organisations are interested in enhancing inclusive practices and culture.


What is YouMeUs?

YouMeUs — Achieving Inclusion provides an easy way to deliver training to staff and volunteers who are interested in enhancing inclusive practices in their workplace.

The YouMeUs training provides an excellent introduction to disability awareness that can be easily incorporated into staff induction and orientation.


The current suite of tools includes:

  • A course for Leisure and Sports Centres
  • A course for Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres and Men’s Sheds
  • A course for Council Staff
  • Videos and resources for small businesses to improve accessibility


Benefits of YouMeUs

  • Increased staff awareness about people with disability
  • Increased confidence in engaging with people with disability
  • Increased participation by people with disability within the community


Key benefits to online tool: 

  • Cost efficient as it is free
  • Scheduling – training can be undertaken when convenient to staff, it does not require arranging staff schedules for group training
  • Time management – users can log on and off the training and complete over a number of sessions
  • Turn-over – online training is desirable in facilities with large pools of casual, seasonal or part time staff or high staff turnover
  • Online resources


Other Council involvement

YouMeUs — Achieving Inclusion is a MetroAccess initiative brought to you by a collaboration of MetroAccess Local Government representatives including:

  • Bayside City Council
  • City of Greater Dandenong
  • City of Port Phillip
  • Glen Eira City Council
  • Kingston City Council

MetroAccess is a partnership initiative between the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and Local Government. The aim of MetroAccess is to build the capacity of local communities across metropolitan Victoria so that they are more welcoming and inclusive of people with disabilities.


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