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Supporting Leadership for Women with Disability

Since early 2018, WCIG has been part of the Enabling Women Leadership Program... More

Jack and Joe - AccessAbility Day Success

AccessAbility Day on late November 2018 was a huge success for all involved ... More

12 Days of Christmas - It's a Wrap!

Each year, Kristie Dutson from Inspired Portraits supports a local not for p... More

Supporting Leadership for Women with Disability

21 Jan 2019 - WCIG has been proud to be involved with the 'Enabling Women Leadership Program' in Wyndham

Since early 2018, WCIG has been part of the Enabling Women Leadership Program run by Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV).

The program focuses on building leadership skills for women to take charge of their lives in a positive way and apply these skills to helping a...

Jack and Joe - AccessAbility Day Success

15 Jan 2019 - When Jack was matched up with Joe from Melbourne Furniture Installers for AccessAbility Day 2018, he expected to be walking into a job for a day...

AccessAbility Day on late November 2018 was a huge success for all involved - not least the 20 employers we matched our eager participants up with. When Jack was linked up with Joe from

12 Days of Christmas - It's a Wrap!

7 Jan 2019 - Thanks to the amazing work of Wyndham-based business Inspired Portraits, WCIG received more than $250 in donations from their 12 Days of Christmas promotion.

Each year, Kristie Dutson from Inspired Portraits supports a local not for profit before the festive season. By bringing together 12 local businesses in the Wyndham area, Kristie set up a '12 Days of Christmas' promotion in late 2018, whereby each business committed to donate a product or service to the lucky 12 winners of...

A Day in the Life - Annalisa Cannizzaro

10 Dec 2018 - Our team makes everything we do possible. Find out a little bit more about how and why we do what we do. Introducing Annalisa!

Where is your home base at WCIG?

I split my time between Werribee, Geelong and Corio but I'm known to be all over the West of Melbourne and beyond!

What do you do here?

I'm a Community Engagement Specialist. It involves a lot of chatting to everyone I can, making connections ...

WCIG’s massive AccessAbility Day for 2018

4 Dec 2018 - 20 employers for 20 participants – WCIG’s massive AccessAbility Day for 2018

On Thursday 29 November at the Plaza Tavern in Werribee, WCIG connected with BNI Growth Partners Wyndham to kick off a huge AccessAbility Day. 20 employers took on 20 participants from WCIG’s Werribee Disability Employment Services and local students from Manor Lakes College to spend a day i...

Ten years of Board Scholarship success for WCIG’s program participants

27 Nov 2018 - Local Federal Labor MP Tim Watts commends WCIG on 10 years of Board Scholarship success for program participants.

On Wednesday 21 November at the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club in Williamstown, WCIG hosted its 10th Board Scholarship presentation ceremony. Board Chair Frank Carlus, CEO Ron Miers and Deputy CEO Mary Stojanovska presented scholarships to 10 successful nominated participants fr...

Meet Jake - Creating Art and Inspiration

19 Nov 2018 - Recognising the tenacity of a local young artist.

Jake was undertaking his Traineeship at Crown Street Stables Cafe in September 2018, and it was at this time that he caught the attention of Anne McMahon, Director of the Flem-Ken Festival of Art and Ideas.


Traineeship Graduates onto the next stage

14 Nov 2018 - A number of trainees from Mambourin recently completed their traineeship in Warehousing.

Our Community Engagement Specialist, Annalisa, pleased to attend to honour the achievements of these individuals and hand out their hard-earned Certificates after 5 weeks of post-skills training.

Some students completed their Certificate III in Warehouse Operations, while others completed their...

NDIS - Finding and Keeping a Job & SLES

6 Aug 2018 - The NDIS is fast approaching the West of Melbourne, set to commence on the 1st October 2018. What better time to talk about supports that are available and need to be discussed in a planning meeting.

WCIG has been supporting individuals with a disability to find employment for over 30 years through our Disability Employment Service (DES). The NDIS is committed to supporting participants in a way that facilitates their independence and skill building. WCIG is dedicated to the continued su...

WCNjobs expands - new contracts means new opportunities

18 Jun 2018 - WCIG is pleased to announce that as lead member of the WCNjobs consortium, we have expanded our operations from July 2018.

In October 2017 Working Communities Network applied to expand the number of people we could work with in our Disability Employment Services Program.

WCNjobs is a partnership between three trusted organisations in WCIG,

victoria@work - Successfully Launched!

2 Apr 2018 - WCIG welcomed various special guests and VIPs to the recent official launch of victoria@work.

The official launch was a joint event, covering both a celebration of the fantastic results that our current east@work and west@work programs have achieved over the past year, and also facilitated the unveiling a new, united approach with east and west operating under the new umbrella of victoria@work.


Premier's Gala Dinner - 'Proud to Belong'

21 Mar 2018 - Representatives from WCIG were pleased to attend the Premier's Gala Dinner, kicking off Cultural Diversity Week for 2018.

Some lucky representatives from various WCIG programs attended the Premier’s Gala Dinner on 17 March.

The main purpose of the dinner was to officially launch the 2018 Cultural Diversity Week festivities for Victoria. This year's theme, 'Proud to Belong', is a poigna...

It's Official! DARE to Get Disability Aware and Ready to Engage

8 Feb 2018 - On Tuesday 6 February, WCIG welcomed some very special guests to formally launch the DARE program.

At WCIG's Metro West office in Footscray, we were pleased to welcome guests from various community organisations, businesses and representatives from local government to formally launch our DARE to be DisABILITY Friendly program.

Mayor of the City of Maribyrnong, Cr Cuc Lam, and Sisay Dinku, Commissioner of the Vict...

WCIG's 9th Annual Board Scholarships with Special Guest Mr Wade Noonan

29 Nov 2017 - WCIG celebrates the successes of participants across all programs at its Ninth Annual WCIG Board Scholarships presentation.

On Thursday 23 November at the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club in Williamstown, WCIG celebrated the outstanding achievements of a special group of its program participants.

WCIG’s Board Chair, Mr Frank Carlus and CEO Mr Ron Miers were joined by special g...

WCIG Attends Official Launch of the BiGroup Initiative

20 Sep 2017 - WCIG was thrilled to be part of the official launch of the BiGroup initiative

WCIG was thrilled to be invited to official launch of the BiGroup initiative on 17 August 2017 by The Hon Tim Pallas at The Refectory in Werribee Park. It was great to see the Mayor of Wyndham, Councillor Henry Barlow, CEO of Wyndham City, Kelly Grigsby and the CEO of Ho...

Latest News: The First DARE to be DisABILITY Friendly Steering Committee Meeting

12 Sep 2017 - WCIG's new disability awareness education program DARE (Disability Aware & Ready to Engage) – to be DisABILITY Friendly.

The first DARE Steering Committee meeting was held on Monday 4 September at the WCIG Metro West Footscray office.

This meeting was attended by 11 amazing individuals who generously gave their time to make a valuable contribution to the d...

The Victorian Government Minister for Industry & Employment Visits Jobs Victoria west@work Program

20 Mar 2017 - WCIG was delighted to host Minister Wade Noonan on a short visit to WCIG’s Social Enterprise Group to meet with two west@work Jobs Victoria participants in Seddon on Friday 17 March 2017.

Minister Noonan was greeted by two west@work program participants who were recently successful in gaining employment at WCIG’s Cleanable social enterprise. These participants were also awarded Certificates of Appreciation by the Chair of WCIG’s Board, Frank Carlus, for being committed to their e...

WCIG's 8th Annual Board Scholarships - 2016

14 Nov 2016 - WCIG's annual Board Scholarships were again a massive success in 2016 with the eighth scholarship event hosted right by the water at the Williamstown Yacht Club on

12 Scholarships were awarded this year to deserving participants across all programs; including Disability Employment Services, Youth Services' Western Springboard program, Social Enterprise Group and WCIG Training Services.

The Board Scholarships reward the efforts of nominated participants who go above and b...

WCIG WINNER @ 2016 Wyndham Business Awards

29 Aug 2016 - WCIG was honoured to recieve the 2016 award for the not-for-profit category

The 22nd Annual Wyndham Business Awards were awash with outstanding nominees across 16 categories, including the Business of the Year Award.

Westgate Community Initiatives Group (WCIG) was nominated for the Not-for-Profit category, alongside Whitelion, an established organisation supporting at-risk youth. WCIG was th...