Around the country, disability advocacy organisations have been putting arrangements in place so they to continue to provide support for their clients, while also managing risks of infection.
The disability advocacy sector is diverse and organisations are facing a range of different challenges at this time. In many cases this will include transitioning effectively to:
- disability advocates and other staff working from home or remotely and
- interacting with their advocacy clients without face-to-face meetings
- communicating with clients, a colleagues and other professionals through telephone or web-based technologies.
Here we have collected information about the tools and strategies that might be useful for managers, advocates and staff during this transition:
Connecting Up offers discounted and donated products to the Not-For-Profit sector – See their article Free or discounted tools from Connecting Up to help you work from home. Connecting Up has an online learning platform with many on-demand courses about Not For Profit governance and using technology. Some can be accessed for free – others cost a fee of $15 or $80
Grow with Google – Remote work hub – Work, teach and learn from anywhere – free tools and resources
LinkedIn Learning – Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success
File sharing platforms include:
Collaboration tools include:
- Microsoft Teams and Yammer
- BlueJeans, Zoom or Google Hangouts for video conferencing
- Workplace from Facebook
PC Mag article – 20 tips for working from home
Google blog – 8 tips for getting it done when working from home
Black Dog Institute – Working from home: A checklist to support your mental health during Coronavirus
Please email Siobhan (policy [at] dana.org.au) if you find any errors, or would like to suggest any useful advice, templates or tools that you’ve found or share any resources or strategies that your organisation has developed.