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Intereach Hay office re-opens

We’re back! That is the message from the team at Intereach in Hay following a period of COVID-19 interruptions.

Their Hay office in Lachlan Street was renovated last year to make the building more user-friendly for staff and community members who use the Intereach services.

But with ongoing COVID-19 restrictions this year there have been times when the office had to close, and these restrictions also prevented staff from other Intereach offices from supporting the team in Hay.

Intereach Acting CEO Yvette Buhagiar is delighted to advise that the Hay office is now open every weekday, except Fridays.

“With the easing of restrictions, we are returning to ‘business as usual’ in Hay,” Ms Buhagiar said.

 

Intereach offers a broad range of services from its Hay office including:

  • Aboriginal Family Health Program
  • Early Childhood Early Intervention
  • Family Links
  • Local Area Coordination
  • No Interest Loan Scheme
  • Reach Out And Relax

There is also a visiting Local Area Coordinator, available to talk with anyone aged seven years and over about the National Disability Insurance Scheme, providing information and answering any questions.

The NDIS provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay. Intereach works alongside people with disability, their family and carers to identify a person’s dreams, goals and hopes, and put practical help in place to achieve them.

To make an appointment with a LAC or a Community Linker – the person who ‘links’ participants to the services they need – contact Intereach on the toll-free number, 1300 488 226, visit the Hay office at 173-177 Lachlan St, or email contact@intereach.com.au

Residents and participants in the Hay region are also advised that the Hay office will be closed during the Christmas/New Year week.

Intereach supports children and families, older people, people living with disability, mental health and carers. If you, or someone you know, needs support you can contact the team at Intereach on the toll-free number 1300 488 226, or go to www.intereach.com.au.

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Community services at Corowa Intereach office

A broad range of community services are being provided by Intereach from its Corowa office.

Anyone in the region who may benefit from one of these services, or wants more information, is encouraged to visit the office and talk to one of the friendly team members. It is located at Shops 18-20, IGA Arcade.

Intereach has a team of seven members in its Corowa office, with an additional nine staff who work in the community. The office is open from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday (closed 12.30pm to 1pm for lunch).

Intereach, with 17 office locations across southern NSW and north/central Victoria, makes as many services as possible available in each local community.

The services provided through the Corowa office include:

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): Community Linker and Local Area Coordinator available to provide support, access and assistance with NDIS.
  • Aged Care Services: Aged Care Linker and Aged Care Coordinator available to assist people to access Home Care Packages and to navigate the aged care system.
  • Families and Mental Health Team: Case management for parents, children and teens, parenting programs and school-based groups to improve emotional wellbeing and provide early intervention support for families experiencing all kinds of challenges.
  • Centrelink Agency: The service operates out of the Corowa office with some face-to-face hours and some self-service hours; please check Services Australia website for current times.
  • No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS): These loans help individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit. Loans are available for essential goods and services such as fridges, washing machines, car repairs and medical procedures for up to $1,500. Repayments are set at an affordable amount over 12 to 18 months.

The Corowa Intereach office also has a range of visiting services, which can be accessed with an appointment. These include employment services through The Personnel Group (phone 1300 874 000 for an appointment) and CVGT (phone 132 484); Hume Riverina Community Legal Service (phone 1800 918 377), and a financial counsellor from Anglicare Riverina (phone (02) 6937 1555).

At Corowa Intereach you can also participate in some fun community groups. These include Mahjong each Wednesday, 500 Card Group on Thursdays and the Carer Support Group which meets on the last Tuesday of the month.

 Intereach supports children and families, people with disability, mental health and older people. If you, or someone you know, needs support you can visit the Corowa office, use the toll-free number 1300 488 226, or go to www.intereach.com.au.

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Recognising our carers

Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities, and their efforts will be celebrated during National Carers Week, from October 10 to 16, 2021.

National Carers Week recognises the 2.65 million+ Australians who identify as being a carer, providing care and support to a family member, loved one or friend who may be living with disability, mental health condition, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or drug issue, or frail aged.

They often do this in an unpaid capacity, generally without considering how it will affect their own lives.

A Carer’s responsibilities can be quite complex and performed over a sustained period. Many people accept a transitional carer role, which can be limited in time but still has complex demands.

At Intereach, more than a quarter of its staff identify as a carer. The community service provider has initiated a Carer’s Reference Group to support its staff who identify as carers year-round. The group gets together to share ideas, resources, provide support, and raise awareness of carers.

This year during Carers Week, the Carer’s Reference Group will also be involved in distributing information and resources about the role of carers to all staff, and special activities will be hosted in Intereach offices. However, these have been limited by COVID-19 restrictions, with many Intereach staff still working from home.

National Carers Week is an opportunity to show appreciation for the work of all carers and has been celebrated since 1992. It is about recognising carers and providing the opportunity to pause and say, “thank you”.

Intereach has more than 460 staff, working across its 17 offices, located in the Riverina- Murray region of NSW and north and central Victoria. The organisation supports children and families, people living with disability, mental health, and older people. If you, or someone you know, needs support you can contact the team at Intereach on the toll-free number 1300 488 226, or go to www.intereach.com.au.

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Intereach AGM 

It has been a year of adaptive service delivery for Intereach, yet one in which the challenges have been confronted with determination and enthusiasm. 

The year’s efforts will be recognised when our organisation hosts its 2021 annual general meeting on Thursday, October 28, starting at 12.30pm. 

 The AGM will be held at Intereach’s Deniliquin headquarters, and interested attendees are advised they will need to register and follow the COVID-safe regulations in place. There will also be the opportunity to take part via video technology, if you’re unable to be there in person. 

 Chair Rob Brown said the annual meeting would be held at a time of transition for Intereach. 

 “I have only been in the chair’s position for a short time, after Pat Fogarty decided to step down from this role. Pat has left an indelible mark on our organisation and I am delighted that she is continuing to bring her vast experience in community service to the board,” Mr Brown said. 

 If you would like to attend the AGM – either in person or virtually – you need to register by contacting Nicole Tonta at nicolet@intereach.com.au or phone the Intereach toll free number on 1300 488 226 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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