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Volunteer drivers needed in Deniliquin!

Do you like helping people? Intereach are calling for people in the Deniliquin area to donate their time by becoming a Community Transport volunteer driver.

As a volunteer driver, you will help older people, carers and people who live with a disability to stay active, independent and connected to the local community.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said, “Our volunteer drivers are an invaluable part of our services. The support of our dedicated volunteer drivers allows people to attend medical appointments, aged day care, social outings and shopping, which they might struggle to do without help. Becoming a volunteer driver is a great chance for people to give back to the community and donating your time can make a world of difference to the people we support through the transport program.”

An Intereach driver for five years, Dick Teunon’s first introduction to Community Transport came after being left stranded in Albury following a hospital discharge.

“I had no way of getting home, one of the nurses put me in touch with Intereach who sent a driver to collect me. I was apprehensive about volunteering at first, but it gives you such a good feeling and the more you put into it the more you get out of it. I’ve been retired for 19 years and I think volunteering keeps me sane, I don’t want to sit at home twiddling my thumbs. Since I’ve started I feel fitter and healthier because I’m always on the go and you meet lovely people who can become good friends. While I’m fit and able I will volunteer, because one day I might need the service again myself.”

 

So, how can I become a volunteer

Intereach Community Transport operates Monday to Friday. Volunteer hours can be flexible to suit your lifestyle. A vehicle is provided and meal expenses will be reimbursed.

To learn more about volunteering, click here or contact Intereach Human Resources on Freecall 1300 488 226.

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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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Intereach welcomes Minister

The Hon. Ray Williams, MP – NSW Minister for Disability Services will tomorrow (Wednesday 29 November 2017) visit Albury to present a Premier’s Award to the North West Alliance for delivery of the Ability Links NSW program.

The award recognises people who have worked on programs, initiatives, innovations or improvements that contribute to improving customer satisfaction with government services.
Local organisation, Intereach, delivers Ability Links NSW across the Murrumbidgee region as part of the North West Alliance with Social Futures the lead agency.
Intereach Chief Executive Officer; Keryn Fox stated “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.

“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.

Event Details:

Minister Williams will present the award to local staff and participants at 3pm, Wednesday 29 November 2017 at the office of Intereach Albury – 553 David Street 2640.

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Ability Links participant Mary Catanzariti is a great example of the opportunities that can be generated through community partnership and linkages. Mary has been supported to publish her first book of poetry and develop her public speaking skills in a variety of community settings. Mary will recite her poem at the award presentation.

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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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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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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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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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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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Local people bringing local knowledge to the NDIS

03/07/2017

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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