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Intereach Ability Links staff member Kerein Mullins sitting in a park with local participant Jason Evans.

Ability Links wins Premier’s Award

09/11/2017

Ability Links NSW has been awarded a 2017 Premier’s Award for improving government services at a special ceremony in Sydney.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said the award recognised people who have worked on programs, initiatives, innovations or improvements that contribute to improving customer satisfaction with government services.

“This is an acknowledgment of the great support that is being provided for people with a disability in the community by Ability Links staff both at a state, and local level within the Riverina Murray region which is delivered by Intereach.

“Ability Links NSW is a truly unique program and our Linkers go above and beyond to support people with a disability reach their goals and dreams.”

“Every day our Linkers support people in the community to access services and make community connections as a part of reaching their goals. This all contributes to building better relationships with government services.”

To date, Ability Links providers across New South Wales have supported more than 80,000 participants across NSW.

“The program model is a winner” according to Urbis Director of Economic and Social Advisory Alison Wallace, who was responsible for the three-year evaluation of the Ability Links NSW program.

“In 25 years of evaluating government initiatives, I have rarely come across a program that has achieved so much in such a short space of time.”

“People with disability, their families and carers highly value Ability Links and told us countless stories of the positive impact it has had. The evaluation clearly shows that people’s lives really are being changed,” she said.

Pictured: Ability Links participant Jason and Intereach Linker Kerein Mullins are a great example of the opportunities that can be generated through community partnership and linkages. A collaboration between Intereach and Northcott Disability Services has enabled Jason to access affordable driving lessons in the local region with an appropriately modified vehicle.

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Intereach Ability Links staff member Kerein Mullins sitting in a park with local participant Jason Evans.

Ability Links wins Premier’s Award

Ability Links NSW has been awarded a 2017 Premier’s Award for improving government services at a special ceremony in Sydney.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said the award recognised people who have worked on programs, initiatives, innovations or improvements that contribute to improving customer satisfaction with government services.

“This is an acknowledgment of the great support that is being provided for people with a disability in the community by Ability Links staff both at a state, and local level within the Riverina Murray region which is delivered by Intereach.

“Ability Links NSW is a truly unique program and our Linkers go above and beyond to support people with a disability reach their goals and dreams.”

“Every day our Linkers support people in the community to access services and make community connections as a part of reaching their goals. This all contributes to building better relationships with government services.”

To date, Ability Links providers across New South Wales have supported more than 80,000 participants across NSW.

“The program model is a winner” according to Urbis Director of Economic and Social Advisory Alison Wallace, who was responsible for the three-year evaluation of the Ability Links NSW program.

“In 25 years of evaluating government initiatives, I have rarely come across a program that has achieved so much in such a short space of time.”

“People with disability, their families and carers highly value Ability Links and told us countless stories of the positive impact it has had. The evaluation clearly shows that people’s lives really are being changed,” she said.

Pictured: Ability Links participant Jason and Intereach Linker Kerein Mullins are a great example of the opportunities that can be generated through community partnership and linkages. A collaboration between Intereach and Northcott Disability Services has enabled Jason to access affordable driving lessons in the local region with an appropriately modified vehicle.

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Special guest speaker at Parkinson’s Support Group

Do you have Parkinson’s Disease, or do you know someone who does?

The Echuca-Deniliquin Parkinson’s Support Group will welcome special guest speaker Caterina Marigliani, from Parkinson’s Victoria, on Wednesday 25 October 2017. Caterina will present to the Group at 1pm at the Moama Bowling Club.

Intereach Community Support Care Coordinator Anna Scott said Caterina’s visit will provide a great opportunity to keep up to date with developments and to hear from an expert in the field.

‘‘We are really pleased to have Caterina present at our monthly meeting. Parkinson’s disease can be very isolating and I would encourage anyone whose life is affected by the condition to come along, ask questions and learn more about the work of Parkinson’s Victoria. This group is about providing support to each other and keeping up to date with the latest information and treatment of Parkinson’s.’’

The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at the Moama Bowling Club on the third Wednesday of every month.

Transport can be provided for Deniliquin members to attend. New members are very welcome and family members and carers are also able to attend.

 

Date:               Wednesday 25 October 2012

Time:              Deniliquin members to meet at Intereach at 11am for transport to Moama

Location:        Moama Bowling Club

Cost:               $5

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Carers Week 2017 events

Intereach will mark Carers Week 2017 with a number of free events across the district.

The events will celebrate the enormous contribution carers make to the local community as well as giving carers the opportunity to enjoy themselves and meet other people in their situation.

Respite care can be arranged if required.

Intereach Senior Manager – Carer Support and Connecting Community Deborah Russell said that around 12 per cent of the population are carers.

“Carers are everywhere within our communities, the chances are you either are a carer or know a carer. Caring can be rewarding but it can also be very hard work. Sometimes caring responsibilities mean the carer can miss out on socialising, relaxing or enjoying a hobby. This is why we want to celebrate and thank our carers for their dedication to their families and friends.”

Intereach offer a variety of services to support Carers. For more information, to RSVP or to arrange respite care, contact Intereach Commonwealth Respite Carelink Centre (CRCC) on 1800 052 222, email crcccontactgroup@intereach.com.au or visit www.intereach.com.au

 

Carers Week events will be held in:

Cootamundra

Free morning tea and activities

Date:               Tuesday 17 October 2017

Time:              10.00am – 12.00pm

Location:        New Intereach Cootamundra Community Hub, 4/91-97 Wallendoon Street, Cootamundra, 2590.

 

Griffith

Free morning tea and lunch

Date:               Tuesday 17 October 2017

Time:              10.00am – 1.00pm

Location:        Mino & Co Winery, 113 Hanwood Avenue, Hanwood, NSW, 2680

 

Deniliquin

Free camp fire lunch and activities

Date:               Wednesday 18 October 2017

Time:              From 9.30am

Location:        Four Post Recreation Park, Greaves Road, Deniliquin, 2710

Transport provided

 

Narrandera

Free lunch and tour of Glendale Citrus and Hazelnut Orchard

Date:               Wednesday 18 October 2017

Time:              11.00am – 2.00pm

Location:        Glendale Citrus and Hazelnut Orchard, 187 Dellapool Road, Sandigo, 2700

 

Albury

Annual Carers Week lunch

Date: Thursday 19 October

Time: 11.30am – 3pm

Location: Commercial Club,  618 Dean St, Albury, 2640

 

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Hub Happenings

There are always plenty of activities on offer at Intereach Community Hubs. So, what’s happening at your Hub this month?

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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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Griffith poets first book a dream come true

Griffith Poet, Mary Catanzariti, will celebrate the launch of her first book “Mary’s Voice in Poetry” at Griffith City Library on Thursday 21 September.

Born with cerebral palsy, Mary has found expression and empowerment through her poetry as well as giving her audience an insight into the experiences of a person who lives with disability.

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

Mary said: “My poems give people a chance to walk in my shoes and see the world through my eyes. It gives me a chance to communicate with my audience in a personal way about my feelings and life.”

“People often ask me how I am able to write poems, but for me it’s a natural thing. I often lie awake in bed and the words pop into my head. Having my work published really is a dream come true and I hope that I can inspire other people who live with disability to follow their dreams too.”

Intereach Ability Links 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 towards her goal of becoming a published poet.”

Griffith City Library has supported Mary to promote and launch her work.

Date: Thursday 21 September 2017

Time: 5.30pm

Location: Griffith City Library, 233 Banna Ave, Griffith NSW 2680

Cost: It’s free! All welcome.

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NDIS Loddon (VIC) Info Sessions and Community Visits

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

NDIS 101 sessions

General information sessions about the NDIS are being delivered across the area. We call these our “NDIS 101 sessions” and they are aimed at people who haven’t attended an information session before or could do with a refresher now that we are actually rolling out the NDIS in our area. Upcoming NDIS 101 sessions will be held:

Echuca

Date: Thursday 21 September

Time: 9.30am to 11.00am

Address: Intereach Echuca office, 205 Hare St, Echuca

 

Date: Monday 9 October

Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Address: Intereach Echuca office, 205 Hare St, Echuca

 

Bendigo

Date: Monday 25 September

Time: 11.00am to 12.30pm

Address: Intereach Bendigo Office, 384 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo

 

Date: Monday 16 October

Time: 1.30pm – 3.00pm

Address: Intereach Bendigo Office, 384 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo

 

Castlemaine

Date: Monday 23 October

Time: 10.30am to 12pm

Intereach Castlemaine Office, 1 Halford Street, Castlemaine

 

Riddells Creek

Date: Monday 23 October

Time: 1.30pm – 3.00pm

Address: Riddells Creek Neighbourhood House, 59 Main Road

 

Maryborough

Date: Monday 30 October

Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Address: Maryborough Community House, 23 Primrose St, Maryborough

 

Bendigo FunLoong Fun Day

Date: Saturday 28 October,

Time: 11.00am – 2.00pm

Address:  Hargreaves Mall, Bendigo

 

To find out more about these sessions, or to RSVP, phone 1300 968 140 or email lac_loddon@intereach.com.au.

 

Where is iVan?

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

You can find the team at:

Bendigo

Date: Monday 25 September

Time: 2.00pm -3.30pm

Address: Bendigo Library, 259 Hargreaves St, Bendigo

 

Echuca

Date: Monday 9 October

Time: 1.30pm – 3.00pm

Address: Echuca Library, 310 Hare St, Echuca

 

Kangaroo Flat

Date: Monday 16 October

Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Address: Lansell Square, 267 High St, Kangaroo Flat

 

Eaglehawk Children’s Festival

Date: Friday 20 October

Time: 3.30pm – 6.30pm

Address:  Canterbury Park, 2 Simpson’s Rd, Eaglehawk

 

Maryborough Early Years Expo

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm

Address: Maryborough Hub, 48 Burns St, Maryborough

 

Maryborough

Date: Monday 30 October

Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Address: Maryborough Community House, 23 Primrose St, Maryborough

 

 

 

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NDIS Murrimbidgee/Far West (NSW) Info Sessions and Community Visits

31/08/2017

These information sessions are designed to offer people general information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme. 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?

Upcoming events will be held in:

Albury

Date: Wednesday 6 September 2017     

Time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Venue: Intereach Albury Office

Address: 553 David Street, Albury, NSW, 2640

 

Date: Thursday 7 September

Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm         

Venue: Intereach Albury Office

Address: 553 David Street, Albury, NSW, 2640

 

Date: Thursday 7 September

Time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Venue: Intereach Albury Office

Address: 553 David Street, Albury, NSW, 2640

 

Buronga

Date: Tuesday 12 September     

Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm    

Venue: Intereach Buronga Office

Address: 2/10 Sturt Highway, NSW, Buronga, 2739

 

Euston

Date: Wednesday 13 September  

Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Venue: Euston Club Resort

Address: 2/28 Nixon Street, Euston , NSW  2737

 

Balranald

Date: Thursday 14 September

Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm  

Venue: Balranald Ex-Servicemans RSL Club

Address: 116 Market St, Balranald,  NSW 2715

 

Deniliquin

Date: Friday 15 September

Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Venue: Deniliquin Intereach Office

Address: Corner of Napier and Trickett Sts, Deniliquin, NSW, 2710

 

 

RSVPs are essential for these events. Friends, family members and carers are welcome to attend. Please advise the names of those attending, contact phone number and any support requirements.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact: Intereach on behalf of NDIS Partner Social Futures – Murrumbidgee area Email: LAC.Murrumbidgee@ndis.gov.au or telephone 1800 522 679

 

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NDIS Murrimbidgee/Far West (NSW) Info Sessions and Community Visits

These information sessions are designed to offer people general information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme. 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?

Upcoming events will be held in:

Albury

Date: Wednesday 6 September 2017     

Time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Venue: Intereach Albury Office

Address: 553 David Street, Albury, NSW, 2640

 

Date: Thursday 7 September

Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm         

Venue: Intereach Albury Office

Address: 553 David Street, Albury, NSW, 2640

 

Date: Thursday 7 September

Time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Venue: Intereach Albury Office

Address: 553 David Street, Albury, NSW, 2640

 

Buronga

Date: Tuesday 12 September     

Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm    

Venue: Intereach Buronga Office

Address: 2/10 Sturt Highway, NSW, Buronga, 2739

 

Euston

Date: Wednesday 13 September  

Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Venue: Euston Club Resort

Address: 2/28 Nixon Street, Euston , NSW  2737

 

Balranald

Date: Thursday 14 September

Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm  

Venue: Balranald Ex-Servicemans RSL Club

Address: 116 Market St, Balranald,  NSW 2715

 

Deniliquin

Date: Friday 15 September

Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Venue: Deniliquin Intereach Office

Address: Corner of Napier and Trickett Sts, Deniliquin, NSW, 2710

 

 

RSVPs are essential for these events. Friends, family members and carers are welcome to attend. Please advise the names of those attending, contact phone number and any support requirements.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact: Intereach on behalf of NDIS Partner Social Futures – Murrumbidgee area Email: LAC.Murrumbidgee@ndis.gov.au or telephone 1800 522 679

 

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Report: Ability Links passes 80,000 participants

When Zoe was just 14-months-old she was diagnosed with ‘clicky’ hips.

Several failed operations over the next 20 years left Zoe with little confidence in herself and unsure how to reach her goals.

Fortunately, Zoe was referred to Ability Links and was able to get the support she needed to pursue her goals and ultimately get the job of her dreams.

Zoe’s story is just one of the 80,000 plus people who have experience first-hand the benefit of Ability Links NSW since its inception three years ago.

Ability Links is a free program that supports people with disability, their families and carers to connect with their local community, achieve their goals and aspirations, and live enriched and fulfilled lives.

Recently, an independent evaluation by Urbis Pty Ltd found Ability Links NSW contributes significantly to improving peoples’ lives and contributes to what social access experts describe as a “major shift” in community attitudes towards inclusion of people with disabilities.

Ability Links NSW program manager Mardi Chartres from Intereach said the program has been a great success across the Riverina Murray region.

“We see the very real impact Ability Links can have on people in the community every day,” Mardi said.

“Ability Links is playing a big role in supporting people with disability to reach their goals, and making our communities more inclusive for everyone.”

Through support from Ability Links NSW and a lot of her own hard work, Zoe has now completed a Certificate III and Certificate IV in Community Services and recently got a job as a Youth Support Worker.

“When I first met with Ability Links I didn’t have much confidence in myself,” Zoe said. “I was really negative and didn’t want to do anything.”

“Ability Links helped me to realise that I could achieve my dreams through different pathways and that it’s ok to ask questions and get help.

“It made a difference just having someone believe in me. It then made me believe in myself.”

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Calling all Aboriginal artists on an Aboriginal artwork background

Calling all Aboriginal artists!

Intereach are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from local Aboriginal artists in the Loddon region to help make our offices welcoming, and reflective of the local community. The office locations include Bendigo, Echuca, Kyneton and Maryborough.

 
We are looking for two dimensional artworks that reflect the local people, communities and/or landscape. Artwork must be either framed, or be able to be hung on a wall and no larger than 1 metres wide or long. Intereach will purchase each artwork for a negotiated cost. The artist will retain moral rights and copyright of their artwork.
 
Additionally, one artwork may be chosen to use for promotional purposes such as program brochures, posters and other documents such as the annual report and website. The artist will retain moral rights and copyright of their artwork, will be paid a negotiated licence fee, and undertake a signed agreement that details how the artwork will be used.
 

Artists are requested to post, text, Facebook message or email an Expression of Interest that includes:

• a one page CV or overview of their work, and
• three photographs of current artwork, with prices

Due Date: 10am, Friday 11 August 2017.

 
For further information contact:
Intereach
Communications and Community Engagement
78-80 Napier Street, Deniliquin 2710
 

Nina O’Brien or Eva Fleetwood

Ph: 03 5890 5283

Mob: 0422 604 667

Email: comms@intereach.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/intereachdeniliquin/

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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