A very warm welcome to this Spring edition of Travellers Voice.

An update from Elias, Traveller Aid CEO

After what felt like a long winter we are truly ready to encourage people to come out of hibernation and connect, engage and participate. This is the main aim of a number of our initiatives that we highlight in this edition. 

We are proud to partner with public transport providers for the first ever Try Before you Ride event at Southern Cross Station. The Try Before You Ride event is an important opportunity for people to familiarise themselves with the public transport system. Over the past two and a half years a lot of us have restricted our movements, particularly those of us who belong to a high risk group because of age, disability or underlying health conditions. The Try Before You Ride event aims to increase confidence in people with accessibility requirements to use public transport independently. You can find further details below. 

If you, or someone you know has a hidden disability you might be interested in the Hidden Disability Sunflower Scheme that Travellers Aid is proud to support.  Again, read on for further details. For us this is another way of empowering people to use our public transport system to connect to people and to place.  

Heading into spring, we are starting to prepare for a busy events season. We would not be able to do this work without the many wonderful people who support us. Volunteering is one way to support our work – and to make a real difference. You can find further details below on how to become part of our team. 

Happy reading – and we look forward to connecting in person. 

Elias Lebbos | Chief Executive Officer

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We’ve joined The Sunflower

Travellers Aid sites at Southern Cross and Flinders Street stations are now selling Hidden Disabilities Sunflower products.

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Partners for Change

Throughout May and June Travellers Aid participated in the Victorian Government’s Partners for Change Program. 

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Welcome Anja

We are delighted to have Anja on board as our new Workforce Development Coordinator. We speak with her about her thoughts on Travellers Aid and what new volunteer opportunities are coming up.

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Try Before You Ride

Learn how you can participate in the Try Before You Ride event. It is a fantastic opportunity to build confidence to travel on public transport.

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New Central Melbourne Mobility Map Trial

The Department of Transport (DoT) invites people who use a mobility device to participate in the central Melbourne mobility map trial. 

Melbourne skyline at sunset taken from the edge of the Yarra River

Social Traders Game Changer Awards 2022

We have a great partnership with City of Melbourne, working together to enable everyone to access all that this beautiful city has to offer.

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What we’ve been up to.

No time for snuggling up near the fire, these last few months have been busy with our volunteers out and about supporting people as they travel through Melbourne.