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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. 

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