Y Connect: Working with women living with disabilities through building confidence, connections and professional development.
‘The glass ceiling is double glazed when it comes to being a woman with a disability.’
Y Connect was developed after recognising that career planning, networking and skill-building come with extra barriers for women living with disabilities (WWD). The Y Connect program aims to create a community; offering workshops, events, social and mentoring opportunities for women, no matter what their professional experience.
Every member is able to tailor their involvement and commit to what suits them, with the choice of opting into whichever events are interesting and relevant to them in their journey.
The Y Connect program is an opportunity for members to gain knowledge, confidence and contribute to their community through sharing advice and skills with peers. All Y Connect events exist in a friendly, safe and empowering environment, where WWD connect with peers and allies from the YWCA movement and the wider community, with a common goal of changing the culture around opportunities for women with disabilities.
For more information on joining the Y Connect program either as a member or an ally, please contact Francene on 0482 166 154 (call or text) or email at Francene.Bain@ywca.org.au.
Y Connect Upcoming Events
Building a workplace culture that supports diversity and inclusion is not just the right thing to do; it also makes business sense.
In this workshop, you’ll hear from local business owners and experts on the simple strategies you can use to nurture and promote diversity and create a welcoming workplace for people with disabilities.
Current Y Connect Opportunities
Workplace Communications Skills
The Workplace Communication Skills program will run for 6 weeks with a two hour session each week. The sessions will focus on modern employment requirements and will help you develop a valuable set of skills needed for any employee. These learnings will also help you put yourself out there with confidence.
Email Francene to organise your session at email@example.com
Virtual Peer Networking: Accessing the Workplace
The June Y Connect Peer Networking session is focusing on ‘accessing the workplace’. This session will build on the foundations of the previous Y Connect Peer Networking event with an in-depth conversation about the job access system and the rights of workers with a disability. This session will discuss topics such as when and how to disclose your disability to your employer as well as confidentiality and support workers.
Career Planning Assessment
The Y Connect Program is offering FREE individual Career Planning and Assessment sessions with Impact Career Counselling & Personal Development. These individual sessions are held over two one-hour appointments either online or in-person. You will complete a Self Directed Search Assessment which will help you identify your personal goals, skills, activities and interests. The results will help you identify careers that suit your interests and personality.
Job Search Training Skills
The Y Connect Program in partnership with Impact Career Counselling & Professional Development is offering FREE individual appointments to develop your job search skills. You can apply for multiple individual appointments and choose what you need help with.
Individual Sessions to strengthen you
The Y Connect Program is offering a limited number of individual one-on-one sessions with Nicole Carter from The Amayni Centre. These sessions are designed to help you with either your motivation, resilience or understanding of anxiety. The three topics in this series are independent sessions that you can book separately. You can book one or multiple sessions however each session will focus on a different topic.
Individual leadership sessions
The Y Connect Program is offering a limited number of individual one-on-one sessions with Nicole Carter from The Amayni Centre. These sessions are designed to give you the skills you need to develop into the kind of leader you dreamt of becoming. The five topics in this series are independent sessions that you can book separately.
Could you be a Y Connect Mentor?
The Y Connect program is seeking volunteers to mentor women living with a disability in the Darling Downs region in Queensland to work with participants to develop their strengths and work towards their employment and career aspirations.