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Wellness and Reablement Workshop – Albury

Do you work with older people or are you a volunteer that supports older people?
Intereach invites you to attend a practical workshop showcasing how an ‘enabling’ approach can help people you work with.
The workshop is presented by Glen Sorensen of Age Communications.

Where: Albury Manor House, 593 Young Street
When: Wednesday 1 March 2017
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Cost: $60 + bf.
Note: no cost for Intereach staff

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For more information contact:
Mel Broadbent
Intereach Community Support
Ph: 03 5890 5200 or

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Family Day Care Educator Tracey Jones with Savannah, Ashton and Indianna enjoying the rewards of their cooking experience

20 years of education and care to children in Finley

It was all smiles for Finley educator Tracey Jones recently as she was acknowledged for 20 years of providing education and care to children through Intereach Family Day Care.

In 1996 the former hairdresser made the decision to become an educator to challenge herself and explore a new career. She now reflects that it has become “so much more; it is now a truly fulfilling, rewarding and life changing experience.”

“During my time as an educator I have had the pleasure of caring for over 150 beautiful children and their families, and in some cases I have been able to care for the children of children I have cared for. They are the very special moments that family day care educators get to celebrate. We really do become an extended part of children and families lives”.

Tracey has experienced many changes to Family Day Care (FDC) over her years of service, from the initial title of Family Day Care Mum to Family Day Care Educator. The pay rate in 1996 was only $2.95/hour and there were few rules in relation to Government Legislation. Over the years with the introduction of assessment and ratings, and most recently the Early Childhood Curriculum- The Early Years Learning Framework, the level of professionalism and accountability has greatly increased. Tracey says “although some of these changes have been difficult, they have all provided the opportunity for me as an educator to grow and increase the quality of education and care I provide, while ensuring young children receive the best possible start in life”.

Tracey says that she has had many special and rewarding moments with the children through their naturally funny, curious and inquisitive personalities. While she doesn’t enjoy it when families who have used her service move away or onto school, she does get to see the children around town and is comforted by knowing she has positively impacted their life.

Tracey says she is proud of the role she has plays in the community; providing an important choice for local families in the education and care of their children. She looks forward to many more years with Intereach FDC.

Intereach support a range of local Family Day Care professionals in the region who provide education and care for children from birth to twelve years of age. Intereach work alongside the Educators to ensure that the quality of care meets National Quality Standards, reflected by the ‘Exceeding’ rating achieved in 2015.

Families are encouraged to contact Intereach Family Day Care on 03 5890 5210 or to discuss the choice of education and care options available throughout the Finley, Jerilderie, Tocumwal, Berrigan and Deniliquin areas.

Image: Educator Tracey Jones with Savannah, Ashton and Indianna enjoying the rewards of their cooking experience

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Ability Links making an impact


Ability Links NSW is improving the lives of people with a disability and their families and is having a real economic impact across the state according to two independent reports released this week.

According to the reports by Urbis, this innovative approach to supporting people with disability returns three dollars in economic and social benefits for every dollar invested, making a significant change in the lives of people with disability.


The program is delivered by dedicated staff known as ‘Linkers’ who work with people with disability, their families, and carers to build on their strengths and skills, and develop networks in their own communities outside of the traditional disability services sector.


Ability Links NSW is delivered by Intereach across Riverina Murray with Sue Mathieson saying the report highlights the importance of the program for the community.

“This report shows that when people have the right supports and are linked into their community, everyone benefits.


“Ability Links improves the quality of people’s lives resulting in more optimism for the future and sense of control over their lives. As the report shows, this flows through to real economic and social benefits that we all can enjoy.


“Ability Links works because it taps into the individual’s passions and interests whilst also tapping into the wealth of skills, connections and goodwill already within our regional communities.

The URBIS report says linked-in people report feeling safer, happier and more socially connected. People who engaged with the program also reported an increase in self-esteem and improvements in their relationships with family and friends.


Since its launch in 2014, Ability Links NSW has supported over 1282 individuals and families across the Riverina Murray and worked alongside community members, groups and organisations on 25051 occasions.


Ms. Mathieson said given the program’s success, she hoped Ability Links would continue into the future as part of, or alongside the NDIS. “With such strong evidence that Ability Links provides value for money and generates strong social and economic benefits to both Government and the broader community, we see a strong future for this program.

“Ability Links will support the sustainability of the NDIS by diverting some people away from funded supports and improving the capacity of individuals and communities.”


Ability Links NSW is a State Government 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.


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Intereach adopts the ‘Registered Charity Tick’

Did you know that Intereach is a registered charity?

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Tick of Charity Registration (the Registered Charity Tick) aims to give reassurance to the public that the charity is transparent and accountable by highlighting its presence on the ACNC Charity Register.

The ACNC encourage members of the public to check the Register to find out more details about charities they support.

You can read more about the ACNC Register here:

You can view the Intereach Charity Registration here:

ACNC Registered Charity Tick

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