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Vươn Lên and Tham Gia - Facilitating friendship, belonging and achievement for young Vietnamese people

Vươn Lên (VL) and Tham Gia are group based community inclusion programs offered by Vietnamese Families with Special Needs and Extended Families Australia with funding provided through the NDIS’ Information, Linkages and Capacity Building scheme.

VL and Tham Gia support Vietnamese children, youth and young adults who have experienced significant barriers to meaning community participation because of their disability.

VL offers fortnightly structured small group friendship meet ups for young people with Autism (ages 15-18 and 19-24 years) with the aim of supporting participants to improve their social connection, build on their interests and strengths, develop key life skills to boost confidence and motivation, and facilitate community and vocational inclusion.  The program will run two groups in the western region (Brimbank - youth and young adult) and one in south east (Springvale – young adult) across 2021-2022.

Tham Gia provides school holiday events for both large and smaller groups of primary and secondary aged children/youth of Vietnamese background living with a disability in the western metro region.  The program offers supported opportunities for young people with various types of disabilities to experience locally based activities and to explore the communities in which they live.  It will offer support to 4 groups of young people and families (primary, secondary, senior secondary and families) with 4 events per school holiday period (one event per group per holiday break) commencing January 2021.

If you are interested in participating either of these programs please read the brochure for more details and complete and an Expression of Interest Form or contact one of the program’s Project Officers directly. 

Expression of Interests Forms should be received no later than 31st December 2020.


Vươn Lên and Tham Gia Brochure (English) 
Vươn Lên and Tham Gia Brochure (Vietnamese)

Expression of interest form:

Vươn Lên & Tham Gia Expression of Interest Form

Project Officers:

Living with a disability can be difficult. We support people aged 0-30 and their families in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula to build friendships and connect with their community.

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Suite 1, 95 Bell Street
P.O.Box 275
Coburg Victoria 3058