Volunteer workers are the heart and the backbone of our organisation. We welcome and encourage people of all ages to connect with us and the Access community by joining and supporting our programs.
Over 80 volunteers contribute over thousands of hours of their time to make sure that people with disabilities are supported and empowered through Access Inc activities.
The ongoing commitment of our community of volunteers that enables Access to offer the individualised, affordable services valued by our clients, their families and disability carers.
The Access Board
Access Inc is governed by a voluntary board of management. The board is responsible for the management and conduct of our organisation. It sets the strategic direction to enable Access Inc to work towards achieving its vision.
Vicki is the current President of the Access Board. She practised as a solicitor for 16 years, then retrained in the field of Architecture and Design. She currently runs an architectural practice with her husband Michael. She is a former member of the Mount Scopus College Parents’ Association, and former United Israel Appeal volunteer. Vicki joined the Australian Friends of Yad Vashem in 2012 and holds the position of Honorary Secretary. She has been on the Access Board since 2014
Yvonne Sherlock has been the Secretary of the Access Inc Board since 2010 and also regularly volunteers in the day programs. Yvonne has her own IT Consultancy, and has worked in Pathology and Hospital software since 2010. She also volunteers with office of the Public Advocate, ensuring the safety and service provision to people with disabilities living in publicly funded group homes. Yvonne also volunteered with her dog Jafa, in the pet therapy program at Royal Children's hospital.
Michelle has been involved in Access for fifteen years, and has been a committee member for seven years. Being a mother of six, one of whom lives with disability, she saw the need to involve younger families in Access, as the children of the Access founders are now all young adults.
With another parent, she formed a young Access group eight years ago. This group actively reaches out to families with preschool and school-age children to offer advocacy, friendship, support and regular parent gatherings with guest speakers.
Recently, it launched Access Minis for families with very young children. Michelle’s son Zalman has been attending Access and Maccabi programs for many years and loves the weekly drumming group, basketball and swimming. He has also been to horse riding camp, and participated in the 2008 Access musical “Rags to Riches”.
Lauren Mandel has been on the board of Access Inc for several years. She has a history of volunteering and working within the Jewish Disability sector, including as a member of SILC, and was the inaugural Maccabi Victoria All Abilities Inclusion Coordinator in 2013-2014. Lauren has a Masters of Social Work degree from Monash University, and is currently working at Inclusion Melbourne as a Disability Support Coordinator. Her current portfolio for the Access Board is as the Head of the Marketing and Promotion subcommittee.
Nikki Grinstein is an Actuary with 10 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industries. She is vision-impaired and is passionate about helping others with a disability to realise their potential.