Decommissioning of the Speakers Bureau
Synapse has recently made the decision to decommission the
Speakers Bureau Program. This has been a difficult decision, as
over the years the program has assisted a vast number of people
with Brain Injuries to develop their story, build skills in public
speaking, boost self-esteem and increase awareness of Brain Injury
within the wider community.
Many of the people impacted by Brain Injury that participated as
speakers in the program have gone on to sell their services
directly to those agencies that want to hear their stories.
Our Speakers Bureau participants have played a pivotal role in
spreading a Road Safety Education message to senior students of NSW
secondary schools and the wider community. Through their
participation in the Rotary Young Driver Awareness Road Safety
Education program (RYDA RSE) they have enabled vast numbers of
community members to understand the potential impacts of dangerous
driving habits and motor vehicle accidents.
Recently RYDA broadened the definition of crash survivor to
include those with spinal cord injuries. Unfortunately, this
resulted in a significant reduction in the number of opportunities
for Synapse Speakers Bureau participants to present. This reduction
in bookings has made the administration of the Synapse Speakers
Bureau difficult to sustain financially. Given these changes, and a
range of other factors (particularly the implications around the
rollout of the NDIS), Synapse has decided to end the coordination
of the Speakers Bureau.
On a positive note, this does provide Synapse with the
opportunity to reassign funding to current areas of need for NSW
residents impacted by Brain Injury.
Synapse would like to take this opportunity to thank all our
speakers for your participation in the program over the years, and
acknowledge your valuable, selfless contribution. We look
forward to staying connected.