At Spire, we believe that people sharing their own experience of life with a spinal cord injury (SCI), or similar complex physical disability, can bring enormous benefit to themselves and others. In partnership with local SCI communities, we are progressively establishing community networks which seek to help people connect in order to develop and share their skills and knowledge, take part in social events, workshops and enhance their participation in the community. Our aim is to facilitate and support networks to establish themselves and become self-sustaining over time.
Living regionally can affect access to services, and can be socially isolating. Following our vision to connect and support people that live in regional Victoria, and Tasmania, we have established regional networks in Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton and Geelong. We aim to continue to roll out more networks each year.
We have also established networks around two common areas of interest; the SCI Network of Professionals (SCIP) and Women with SCI. SCIP supports people with a spinal injury (or similar complex physical disability) in all aspects of career development, no matter their field of employment, their capacity or function, or their current employment status. The Women with SCI Network is a passionate and enthusiastic group, keen to create and grow a safe, honest and confidential space that is informed and led by women living with a spinal injury.
In partnership with the established groups, we will continue to resource each other as we launch new networks in other regional areas and around common interest groups. These groups are open to everyone in the SCI community. If you would like more information about any of these groups or would like to be involved in starting a new one, please contact us.