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Bendigo FIDA Football Try Outs

Are you aged over 14 years? Do you live with disability, or attend a Kaliana or SDS School? Want to play Australian Rules Football? Join us and try FIDA footy!

We will be fielding a Bendigo FIDA footy team for the 2018 season.

So, if you would love to play footy, come along and have a go!

Learn new skills, meet new friends and have fun. Both male and female players are welcome.

Accessible parking and change facilities available

Interested in playing FIDA Footy?

When: Wednesday 7 and 14 March
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Venue: Weeroona Oval, 347 Napier St, Bendigo, 3550
Bring: Runners or football boots and a drink bottle

Cost: FREE

For more information contactDaniel on Ph: 0409 327 449 or email intereach@intereach.com.au

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Five people enjoying playing football

Bendigo FIDA Football Try Outs

Are you aged over 14 years? Do you live with disability, or attend a Kaliana or SDS School? Want to play Australian Rules Football? Join us and try FIDA footy!

We will be fielding a Bendigo FIDA footy team for the 2018 season.

So, if you would love to play footy, come along and have a go!

Learn new skills, meet new friends and have fun. Both male and female players are welcome.

Accessible parking and change facilities available

Interested in playing FIDA Footy?

When: Wednesday 7 and 14 March
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Venue: Weeroona Oval, 347 Napier St, Bendigo, 3550
Bring: Runners or football boots and a drink bottle

Cost: FREE

For more information contactDaniel on Ph: 0409 327 449 or email intereach@intereach.com.au

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Local people bringing local knowledge to the NDIS

Locally based Intereach staff are set to become the local faces of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which starts across the Murrumbidgee and Far Western areas of NSW this week.

The NDIS will work to support people with disability to participate in and contribute to social and economic life, as well as provide certainty that people with disability will receive the care and support they need over their lifetime. The NDIS provides a number of ways to assist people with disability to exercise choice, pursue their goals and the planning and delivery of their supports. One of the ways this is done is through Local Area Coordination (LAC).

Intereach is delivering the NDIS in the Murrumbidgee and Far West area on behalf of NDIS Partner Social Futures.

Intereach NDIS Local Area Coordinators will work alongside local people with disability by using their local knowledge to help people with disability advocate, plan, organise and access the support and services they need to live a good life.

A team will work across the Murrumbidgee and Far Western area from offices in Albury, Buronga, Corowa, Cootamundra, Deniliquin, Finley, Griffith and Wagga Wagga.

Intereach LAC staff will be available via appointment in community based locations.

In order to ensure a smooth transition to the NDIS in NSW, people in the Murrumbidgee and Far Western areas will transition according to an agreed phasing plan. More information can be found at: http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/ready-for-ndis/ndis-rollout/murrumbidgee/ or http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/ready-for-ndis/ndis-rollout/far-west/

For more information about the NDIS in the Murrumbidgee and Far Western NSW area

Email: LAC.Murrumbidgee@ndis.gov.au ,  or

Telephone: 1800 522 679

Information about the NDIS including eligibility and access requirements can be found on the national NDIS website

www.ndis.gov.au or by calling the NDIA on 1800 800 110.

 

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Local people bringing local knowledge to the NDIS

Locally based Intereach staff are set to become the local faces of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which starts across the Murrumbidgee and Far Western areas of NSW this week.

The NDIS will work to support people with disability to participate in and contribute to social and economic life, as well as provide certainty that people with disability will receive the care and support they need over their lifetime. The NDIS provides a number of ways to assist people with disability to exercise choice, pursue their goals and the planning and delivery of their supports. One of the ways this is done is through Local Area Coordination (LAC).

Intereach is delivering the NDIS in the Murrumbidgee and Far West area on behalf of NDIS Partner Social Futures.

Intereach NDIS Local Area Coordinators will work alongside local people with disability by using their local knowledge to help people with disability advocate, plan, organise and access the support and services they need to live a good life.

A team will work across the Murrumbidgee and Far Western area from offices in Albury, Buronga, Corowa, Cootamundra, Deniliquin, Finley, Griffith and Wagga Wagga.

Intereach LAC staff will be available via appointment in community based locations.

In order to ensure a smooth transition to the NDIS in NSW, people in the Murrumbidgee and Far Western areas will transition according to an agreed phasing plan. More information can be found at: http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/ready-for-ndis/ndis-rollout/murrumbidgee/ or http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/ready-for-ndis/ndis-rollout/far-west/

For more information about the NDIS in the Murrumbidgee and Far Western NSW area

Email: LAC.Murrumbidgee@ndis.gov.au ,  or

Telephone: 1800 522 679

Information about the NDIS including eligibility and access requirements can be found on the national NDIS website

www.ndis.gov.au or by calling the NDIA on 1800 800 110.

 

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Disability is no barrier

The Wagga Daily Advertiser recently reported on a good news story, where local Wagga resident Kathy Fuller is not allowing her disability to get in the way of achieving her childhood dream. Kathy has engaged with the Intereach Ability Links Program to assist her in determining her goals. The role of Intereach Ability Links is to educate community groups and businesses to welcome those with a disability and to assist those with a disability to achieve their goals.

To read more about Miss Fuller and her ability to return to volunteer work and achieve a childhood dream, click on http://bit.ly/1XiwDVP

For more information about the Intereach Ability Links Program visit, http://bit.ly/1Ser0cY

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Red coffee cup on a red and white saucer

New Coffee Clubs offer friendship and fitness

It might seem fairly basic, but catching up with a friend for a cuppa and a chat is very good for your health!

Studies have shown that loneliness has a major impact on mental and physical health, and older people are particularly vulnerable.

In an effort to ensure local older people stay active and socially connected, Intereach is launching a new ‘Coffee Club’ for people aged over 65 years in the Albury and Corowa areas.

Organised by Intereach Community Support, the weekly group will offer older people a chance to get out and about and meet new friends. Group members have the option to boost their fitness by adding a healthy walk to their regular catch-up.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said, “Evidence suggests that staying socially connected is good for our health, especially as we get older. Friendships boost happiness and confidence and reduce stress. Studies have even found that older adults with a rich social life are likely to live longer. Something as simple as adding a walk to your routine can give those benefits an extra boost.”

“Staying fit and active as you age means it’s more likely you’ll be more able to keep doing the things you enjoy and less likely to need help. Many symptoms that we might associate with old age, such as weakness and loss of balance, are actually symptoms of inactivity, not age. The coffee club is a great opportunity for older people to have fun and improve their fitness in a friendly, social setting. Why not give it a try? It’s never too late to change your life for the better.”

Want to find out more? Contact the Intereach Community Support Team on 02 6051 7800 or email cste@intereach.com.au

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Ivan named as winner of competition

Introducing… iVan!

We are pleased to announce the winner of the #NameOurVan Competition, and it is… (drum roll please) Bridgette Scilini!

Bridgette’s winning name suggestion ‘iVan’ has won her an iPad mini.

Congratulations Bridgette and thank you to everyone who entered.

Intereach staff, and iVan, will be out across Greater Bendigo, Campaspe, Macedon Ranges, Mt Alexander, Central Goldfields and Loddon talking to local people about National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Keep up to date with iVan’s community visits here:

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A plate of panckaes with butter and syrup on top

Pancakes in the park to celebrate World Autism Day

People in Deniliquin and Finley have been invited to enjoy pancakes and fun activities to help show their support for autism awareness.

As part of local celebrations for World Autism Awareness Day, Intereach Ability Links and Kurrajong will be hosting free Pancakes in the Park events in both Deniliquin and Finley to build community awareness and understanding of autism. Activities on the day will include games, balloon release and a group art project along with free, yummy pancakes! There will also be a musical performance by Serhiy at the Deniliquin event.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects how people communicate and interact with others, and also how they view the world. In Australia as many as one in 100 people have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and as many as 21 million people worldwide are directly affected.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said, “Within the general community Autism is often wildly misunderstood. Autism Awareness Day is a chance to recognise those people who are on the spectrum, their accomplishments, strengths and struggles as well as their contribution to our community. We hope Pancakes in the Park encourages people to show support for those living with the effects of Autism and to discuss and understand what we can all do to be more inclusive of people and families who live with Autism.”

For more information about Pancakes in the Park in Deniliquin contact Jenny, Intereach Ability Links, on 03 5890 5233. For more information about the Finley event contact June, Intereach Finley Community Hub, on 03 5890 6200.

Intereach is a not for profit community based provider of services to regional, rural and remote communities throughout Northern Victoria and the Riverina Murray region of NSW. They work alongside children, families, older people, carers and people with a disability by providing information and support, delivering a range of services or linking people with another service that can better meet their needs.

 

Deniliquin Pancakes in the Park

Date: Thursday 19 April 2018
Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm
Location: RSL Park, Deniliquin
Cost: It’s free!

 

Finley Pancakes in the Park

Date: Thursday 19 April 2018
Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm
Location: Finley Memorial Park, Berrigan Road
Cost: It’s free!

 

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Mary meets NSW Premier!

Griffith poet Mary Catanzariti has been able to achieve one of her lifelong goals with the assistance of Intereach Ability Links.

Mary Catanzariti, who launched her first book ‘Mary’s Voice in Poetry’ in September, met with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Thursday 30 November and presented her with a copy of her work.

Intereach Ability Links worked with Mary to publish the volume, which contains more than 30 poems.

The Ability Links NSW program is a way of connecting people with disability, their families and carers in the community. Linkers work closely with people with disability, their families and carers to support them to fulfil their goals, hopes and dreams. Ability Links Coordinators, known as ‘Linkers,’ work to help people achieve their dreams and goals.

Born with cerebral palsy, Mary is now working towards becoming a motivational speaker, using her own experiences to give others insight into the experiences of a person who lives with disability.

Mary said: “Meeting the Premier was a great honour and I’m pleased to have been able to share my work and experiences with her. You never know what is possible”

Intereach Linker Simone Murphy, who has supported Mary to publish her poems, said she was delighted to see Mary grow in confidence: “Mary’s experience, enthusiasm and energy is hugely inspiring and I am so proud to have been able to support her.”

Ability Links NSW has been awarded a 2017 Premier’s Award for improving government services. Intereach, delivers Ability Links NSW across the Murrumbidgee region as part of the North West Alliance with Social Futures the lead agency.

Image: (Left to right) Greg Aplin-Member for Albury, Gladys Berejiklian-Premier of NSW , Mary Catanzariti – community member and poet , The Hon. Ray Williams MP – Minister Disability Services.

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Support for marriage equality

Intereach supports our employees, volunteers, communities, and people we work with who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) and advocate for their rights to celebrate their relationships fully and without discrimination.
Intereach is committed to social justice and protects and promotes human rights by recognising that all people are free and equal in dignity and rights regardless of gender, sexuality, race, religion, culture or socioeconomic status.

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Loddon welcomes the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will roll out to residents of the Loddon region, including Greater Bendigo, Echuca, Kyneton and Kyabram, from today – improving the lives of Victorians with disability and generating hundreds of jobs in the region.
The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, said it was an important day for the local community.
“The NDIS is a major shift in the way support is delivered to people with disability across Australia,” she said.
“It gives all Australians peace of mind that if their child or loved one is born with or acquires a permanent and significant disability they will get the support they need.”
According to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Market Position Statement for Victoria, the number of people receiving disability support in the Loddon area is forecast to grow from 4000 to 5300 in 2019.
The Loddon region spans Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander.
Intereach will deliver Local Area Coordination (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention Services in the Loddon region. Local Area Coordinators focus on participant capacity building, including plan development, implementation and review. ECEI services deliver outcomes for children and their families through best-practice and family-centred approaches.
Mrs Prentice said while people living with disability would be the primary beneficiaries, the NDIS will also deliver a social, economic and jobs dividend for the region.
“The NDIS will generate jobs and local investment and this will ensure people with disability have the assistance they need to help them achieve their goals,” she said.
“More than 800 new jobs will be created in the Loddon region over the coming years and an additional $180 million will be injected in to the local economy.”

The NDIS will boost the Victorian economy by $2.5 billion and bring more than 10,000 new jobs in disability services to the State.
The NDIS trial began in the Barwon region in 2013 and will transform the lives of 105,000 Victorians living with disability, as well as their families, carers and communities over the next three years.

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Intereach Vacation Care April 2018

Vacation Care Autumn 2018

Want to meet a camel, go bowling or go visit the water park?

The Intereach Deniliquin OOSH Vacation Care Autumn 2018 school holiday program has just been released and bookings are now open.

We have a great range of fun activities and diverse experiences lined up, we’ll see you there!

Download the program below.

Need help booking in?

  • Read the Fact Sheets, and log in via the front page of the website (Just scroll down to bottom) or
  • Download the app
  • Phone us: 03 5890 5260 or 0428 554 478

Need to contact us?

  • Email: oosh@intereach.com.au
  • Phone:  03 5890 5260 or 0428 554 478
  • Drop into: Intereach Family Centre, 366 Trickett Street, Deniliquin 2710 (during OOSH hours), or the Intereach Neighbourhood Centre (on the corner of Trickett and Napier Streets)
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