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NDIS Murrimbidgee/Far West (NSW) News

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Community Information Sessions will be held in Wentworth, Dareton and Balranald during May. These sessions are designed to help people with disability, their families and carers get ready for the NDIS. These sessions are particularly useful for people who haven’t attended an information session before or could do with a refresher.

The sessions will cover topics such as:
• What is the NDIS and how does it work?
• Who is eligible and when can the scheme be accessed?
• What kind of support can be accessed through the NDIS?
• Where can I get more information?

Sessions will be held in:

WENTWORTH

Date: Tuesday 1 May 2018
Time: 9am till 12pm
Location: Visitor Information Centre, 66 Darling St, Wentworth, NSW 2648

DARETON

Date: Tuesday 1 May 2018
Time: 1.30pm – 3pm
Location: Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corp, 51 Sturt Pl, Dareton, NSW 2717

BALRANALD

Date: Wednesday 2 May 2018
Time: 10am -12noon
Location: Balranald District Ex-Services Memorial Club, 116 Market St, Balranald NSW 2715

RSVPs

Please note: RSVPs are required for these workshops. If there are no RSVPs recorded, the workshops will not run. To RSVP please call 1800 522 679 or email LAC.Murrumbidgee@ndis.gov.au
If you would like more information about the NDIS visit: https://www.intereach.com.au/service/ndis-local-area-coordination-lac-murrumbidgee-and-far-west-nsw/

 

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NDIS Loddon (VIC) News

Want to know more about the NDIS? Wondering where iVan is visiting this month? Read on!

 

Where is iVan?

The LAC Loddon team will also be out and about in iVan the Information Van during April and May to answer your questions.

You can find the team at:

CARISBROOK

Date: Tuesday 24 April 2018
Time: 3.30pm-5.30pm
Where: Carisbrook Supermarket, 20 Green St, Carisbrook, VIC, 3464

ELMORE

Date: Monday 30 April 2018
Time: 3.00pm-5.00pm
Where: Elmore IGA, 72-76 Railway Place, Elmore, VIC, 3558

BOORT

Date: Friday 18 May 2018

Time: 10am-12pm

Where: Boort IGA, 96 Godfrey Street, Boort, VIC, 3537

BENDIGO

Date: Tuesday 22 May 2018
Time: 11am-1pm
Where: Bendigo Library, 259 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

MALDON

Date: Tuesday 29 May 2018
Time: 9am-11am
Where: Bank Corner Antiques, 1 Main Street, Maldon, VIC, 3463

NDIS 101 Community Information Workshops

These information workshops are designed to help people with disability, as well as their families and carers, get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The sessions will cover topics such as:
• What is the NDIS and how does it work?
• What kind of support can I access through the NDIS?
• Accessing the NDIS
• The roll out of NDIS in the Loddon area

GISBORNE

Date: Thursday 24 April 2018
Time: 10.00am-11.30am
Where: Macedon Range Health, 5 Neal St, Gisborne, VIC, 3437

Date: Thursday 24 April 2018
Time: 1.30pm-3.00pm
Where: Macedon Range Health, 5 Neal St, Gisborne, VIC, 3437

TONGALA

Date: Thursday 10 May 2018

Time: 2pm-4pm

Where: Tongala Community Activities Centre, 94 Mangan Street, Tongala, VIC, 3621

ECHUCA

Date: Wednesday 16 May 2018
Time: 2pm-4pm
Where: Intereach Office, 203-205 Hare Street, Echuca, VIC, 3564

KYNETON

Date: Wednesday 23 May 2018
Time: 2pm-4pm
Where: Intereach Office, 89E Piper Street, Kyneton, VIC, 3444

 

NDIS Plan Implementation Workshops

These workshops aredesigned to help people with disability, as well as their families and carers, understand the next steps once they have received their approved NDIS plan.

The workshops will cover topics such as:
• Understanding your plan
• How to use MyGov
• How to update your details
• Searching providers
• Service agreements

The workshops will be delivered by Local Area Coordination staff from Intereach. This is an opportunity for you to bring your questions along and have them answered by staff members.

BENDIGO

Date: Wednesday 9 May 2018
Time: 2pm-4pm
Where: Intereach Office, 384 Hargreaves St, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

KYABRAM

Date: Thursday 10 May 2018
Time: 5pm-7pm
Where: Kyabram Community & Learning Centre, 21-25 Lake Road, Kyabram, VIC, 3620

 

Scheduled Plan Review Workshops

NDIS Participants with an approved plan, and their families or carers, are invited to attend this workshop to learn more, and prepare for the plan review process.
Plan reviews are a normal part of the NDIS. Your plan review will help you to measure your progress against your personal goals, explore new goals and identify any changes in your life.
All participants need a plan review before their current plan expires.

The workshop will cover topics such as:
• What is a plan review
• When to expect your plan review to occur
• How plans reviews happen
• What information to bring to your plan review meeting

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

NDIS Participants with an approved plan, and their families or carers who are due for a scheduled review. Enquiries relating to unscheduled reviews, or if you are a provider, contact 1300 968 140.

BENDIGO

Date: Wednesday 9 May 2018
Time: 5pm-7pm
Where: Intereach Office, 384 Hargreaves St, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

ECHUCA

Date: Wednesday 16 May 2018
Time: 5pm-7pm
Where: Intereach Office, 203-205 Hare St, Echuca, VIC, 3564

KYNETON

Date: Wednesday 23 May 2018
Time: 5pm-7pm
Where: Kyneton Intereach Office, 89E Piper Street, Kyneton, VIC, 3444

MARYBOROUGH

Date: Thursday 31 May 2018
Time: 9am-11am
Where: Maryborough Community House, 23 Primrose Street, Maryborough, VIC, 3465

 

Please note: RSVPs are required for all workshops. If there is no RSVP recorded, the workshop will not run. To RSVP please call 1300 968 140 or email lac_loddon@intereach.com.au

 

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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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Community Hub Happenings

Do you live in the Cootamundra, Deniliquin, Finley, Corowa or Hay region? Drop by the local Community Hub.  There are plenty of activities, events, visiting services, information and support on offer at the Intereach Community Hubs where you live.

Click below to download a complete list of information.

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FREE all abilities drama classes in Albury

Local people have been invited to register for FREE drama classes in Albury.

The weekly classes, a partnership between Intereach Ability Links and The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, are suitable for people of all levels of experience and ability.

Participants will learn characterisation, improvisation, mime, vocal techniques, movement and physical theatre.

The classes are accessible and inclusive and participants from all backgrounds are welcome. However, all participants must be aged over 16 years.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said, “What a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and have some fun! Drama is not only a fabulous way to express yourself, it also supports a variety of other every day skills like communication, creativity, focus, fitness, emotional release, social skills, confidence and team work. No experience is necessary, just a sense of adventure!”
Bookings are essential and places are limited. Classes will commence on Tuesday 17 April.

 

Class details

 

WHEN: Tuesdays from April 17
TIME: 11.00am – 12.30pm
WHERE: Flying Fruit Fly Circus, 605 Hovell St, South Albury, NSW, 2640

To find out more, or to make your booking, contact Jarrod at Intereach Ability Links on 02 6051 7856.

 

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Have your say!

Intereach is embarking upon a new Strategic Plan, and is seeking feedback from local community members, volunteers, staff and service providers to help shape the future direction of the organisation.

The consultation survey has been released this week, and provides an opportunity for local people to rate how well Intereach is working towards its vision, values and purpose. The community will also be asked about how relevant Intereach supports are now and for the next few years. The feedback will be a valuable component of the planning process undertaken by the board and staff in developing the new Strategic Plan that will guide Intereach operations until 2021.

Surveys are available at all Intereach offices, completed online or be posted out on request. Submissions close on 10 April 2018.

Intereach has been working in the local region since 1973 to improve the wellbeing of children, young people, families, older people, carers and the broader community. During 2016-17 Intereach provided services, information and support to more than 8,000 people across an area of 188,714km2 throughout Southern NSW and Northern Victoria.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said, “Our strategic plan will set priorities for the next three years. More than ever before, we want to ensure our strategic direction meets the needs and aspirations of local people, and that the Intereach vision, values and purpose remain relevant.”

“This survey provides local people with a great opportunity to guide our future direction. I look forward to receiving your comments and feedback.”
For more information, or to obtain your copy of the Community Survey:

Phone: 1300 488 226, or

Email: intereach@intereach.com.au, or

Click here to complete online 

 

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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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School Holiday activities for Wagga young carers

Intereach is offering free school holiday activities for school aged young carers in the Wagga Wagga area.

Running over three days from Monday 16 April until Wednesday 18 April, activities on offer will include a flying fox, challenge ropes, rock climbing and more. The activities are completely free for young carers; lunch and transport to and from the venue will be provided each day.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said, “When a parent, grandparent or sibling has health problems or disabilities, young carers may step up to help with the cooking, cleaning, mobility, showering and dressing. For many young carers helping to care for a loved one can be a very positive experience, they can become very independent and often feel extremely close to their families.”

“However, young carers can also experience high levels of stress and anxiety and may miss out on the ordinary activities of growing up such as sport, hobbies and time with friends. These school holiday activities are an opportunity for young carers to have time out from their caring role, meet other young carers and have fun.”

 

Sound interesting?

For more information, or to RSVP, contact the Intereach Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre (CRCC) on 1800 052 222. If you are, or know a young person with caring responsibilities, you can also contact CRCC to find out what support is available.

Date: Monday 16, Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 April 2018
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Location: Borambola Sport and Recreation Centre
Sturt Highway, Borambola, NSW, 2650
Cost: FREE! Transport and lunch provided

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Free Women’s Health and Pampering Days

Do you know a woman who needs some pampering? Intereach Ability Links and Murrumbidgee Local Health Service have invited local women to enjoy a free women’s health morning tea, with complimentary pampering sessions.

Events will be held in Wagga and Griffith and will include free hand massages and nail painting.

The events are also an opportunity for women of all ages to learn more about pap tests, breast checks, contraception, sexually transmitted infections and looking after themselves.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said that women often forget to look after themselves. “There are so many women out there who put everyone else and their needs first and rarely take time to care for themselves. This is a free session offering women the chance to relax, socialise and enjoy some guilt free indulgence.”

“The event will also include relaxed and confidential health information, giving women an opportunity to ask questions, get ‘the facts’ and have any health myths dispelled. It’s important that, as women, we look after ourselves. After all, so often the health of those we love starts with us and healthy, well informed women are amazing advocates for health and wellbeing in their own families, and communities.”

Sound Interesting?

Session one

Date: Wednesday 21 March 2018
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Location: Tolland Community Centre, 41 Bruce Street Tolland, Wagga

 

Session two

Date: Wednesday 4 April 2018
Time: 10.30am -12.00pm
Location: Sprinkles Multicultural Playgroup, 90 – 96 Coolah Street, Griffith, 2680

 

Session three

DATE: Wednesday 11 April
TIME: 10.30am -12.00pm
WHERE: Griffith Post School Options, 8-18 Hebden St, Yoogali, 2680

 

More sessions are being planned for other locations. For more information contact Intereach Ability Links on 02 6932 8381.

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Harmony Day 2018

Intereach have a great range of events lined up for Harmony day this year!

Griffith:

Harmony Day In the Park- 21/3/2018. 10am – 1pm. Join us for a range of activities to celebrate Multiculturalism

Swim, Ladies, Swim -21/3/2018. 10am-Noon. Join us for a relaxed and informal Women’s Pool Party.

Hay:

A Taste of Harmony- 21/3/2018. Noon. A Multicultural lunch provided by the community for the community

Deniliquin:

Harmony @ Koori Play Group-23/3/2018. 10am to 2pm. Activities celebrating all cultures with members of the group

Harmony @ OOSH- 19 to 23 March 2018. Full week of activities celebrating different cultures.

Harmony @ IAS- 22/3/2018. Edward School. Activities celebrating all cultures with members of the group

Bendigo:

Harmony Day Celebrations-21/3/2018. La Trobe University. A stall promoting Intereach, ECEI and LAC to CALD communities

Deniliquin, Cootamundra, Finley, and Corowa Community Hubs:

Harmony at the Hub. 21/3/2018. 10am to 2pm. General promotion of the day with a range of resources for children to colour-in

Harmony Day is a day to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, based on the successful integration of migrants into our community.

Australia is the most successful multicultural country on earth and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it.

Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

Held every year on 21 March. The Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Since 1999, more than 70,000 Harmony Day events have been held in childcare centres, schools, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies across Australia.

Click here to read more about Harmony Day: 

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