North East Citizen Advocacy

What do we do?

North East Citizen Advocacy (NECA) is a community based not-for-profit advocacy program in the North East of Melbourne. The program seeks to uphold the rights and interests of adults with an intellectual disability on a one-to-one basis by addressing instances of discrimination, abuse and neglect.

What do we do?

North East Citizen Advocacy (NECA) is a community based not-for-profit advocacy program in the North East of Melbourne. The program seeks to uphold the rights and interests of adults with an intellectual disability on a one-to-one basis by addressing instances of discrimination, abuse and neglect.

Getting Involved

“Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.”

– Elizabeth Green

Interested in creating a difference?

There are many ways in which you can contribute to our vision.  Below are the different roles we have to offer.

Volunteer Advocate
To become an advocate, you do not need any special qualifications, experience or prior involvement, just the willingness to contribute your time and self to the life of a community member with an intellectual disability. You will need to be prepared to take action and speak up on behalf of your participant. If you believe that we are all worthwhile human beings that have the right to be included and treated with respect, then you have the potential to be a much needed and valuable citizen advocate and friend.  Our advocates are never alone, NECA’s Program Manager – Frank Damiano, Program Officer – Alisha Bingham are always on hand to offer advice and support and just touch base with you from time to time.

Board Member
In this role, you would be a much valued member on our volunteer board which meets monthly to discuss the operations of the program and oversee the employed staff. Board members are a vital component in making NECA succeed in being able to continue with the work that greatly impacts on the lives of our protégés.

How can you get involved?

If you feel that citizen advocacy is not something you can commit to in your current situation but you’re passionate about, you can still make an impact by donating to North East Citizen Advocacy. Being a not-for-profit organisation that is federally funded, financially we can always do with more support to assist us in reaching more members within our community that need a Citizen Advocate. If you would like to find out more about any of the roles, we invite you to call or drop by our office to discuss your interest further with us. Alternatively, email us at [email protected].