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Potential interruption to Intereach services  

Due to poor air quality across parts of our service area we would like to advise that some Intereach services may be impacted in affected regions. We acknowledge that this may be inconvenient but are acting in the best interests of our staff, participants and volunteers to ensure their health and safety during this horrific bushfire season.

If you are an Intereach participant receiving NDIS Local Area Coordination, NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention or Home Care Package support in or near the bushfire affected areas, an Intereach team member may be in touch with you to reschedule planned appointments and discuss options for your service during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you are experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing, call Triple Zero (000) immediately. If you have concerns about your health you should seek medical advice or call Nurse On Call on 1300 606 024

For all queries about Intereach services and possible disruption to services, please call 1300 488 226.

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Aboriginal Driver Project

A collaboration between Intereach and Transport for NSW (TNSW) is providing a valuable Aboriginal community transport service in Deniliquin and Griffith.

Drivers have been employed under the 12-month program, transporting participants to various destinations and activities, including vital medical appointments.

The program was initiated with Intereach by TNSW under its Aboriginal Driver Project, which encompasses goals in the Intereach Reconciliation Action Plan.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox explained they “gladly accepted the project” when it was offered by TNSW. It was originally for one full-time position over 12 months, however, they decided it would be best split over two locations – Deniliquin and Griffith – with two permanent part-time positions at 15 hours a week each.

“Our Community Transport team met community groups in both sites to discuss the best ways to utilise our drivers under the program, and schedules were developed,” Ms Fox said.

In Deniliquin, Jaimarlee Atkinson has been employed and has transported clients to medical appointments in Melbourne and various regional centres across Victoria and NSW, as well as trips to and from Moonacullah Mission for shopping and family visits.

In Griffith, Robert Monaghan is the driver, transporting to Wagga and Albury for medical appointments after a schedule was compiled in conjunction with the local Aboriginal Medical Centre, plus local shopping and personal trips.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the number of Community Transport trips being booked in both Griffith and Deniliquin, however, the foundations have been laid for what is expected to be a successful project in the future.

Both drivers are highly regarded, with one client advising Intereach that Jaimarlee was “very polite and helpful” and that she “felt comfortable, as he drove in a sensible manner, to the conditions” when they were driving back from Albury through a storm.

Jaimarlee said the Aboriginal Driver Project had provided the opportunity to work consistently in a welcoming, friendly and supportive environment.

“I enjoy travelling to different locations with different people and supporting them to attend their appointments,” he said.

Robert said he enjoys travelling around the Griffith area, as well as further afield to places such as Wagga and Albury.

“I have met some lovely people and have benefited from the employment and the support provided by Intereach. This is an important service for the Aboriginal community and I hope it can continue. I have been telling people about my job and how they can use the transport service.

“I have been getting excellent feedback, which is appreciated,” Robert said.

While the original funding is for 12 months Robert and others involved, especially those taking advantage of the transport, would like to see it extended.

To speak to the Community Transport team, you can call Intereach on 1300 488 226.

 

 

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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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Corowa Jewellery Making Workhop

If you love jewellery and craft then we have a treat for you!

Intereach Corowa Community Hub will be hosting a Jewellery Making Workshop this month. So come along and learn how to make your very own beautiful, custom bracelet!

Never made jewellery before? No problem, no experience needed and everyone is welcome.

Sound interesting?

DATE: Wednesday 14 March 2018
TIME: 9.00am till 12.30pm
WHERE: Intereach Community Hub, Sanger Street, Corowa
COST: $10.00, includes materials and lesson

Bookings are essential. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Amber at Intereach Corowa Community Hub on Ph: 02 6044 2800

 

 

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'Out of School Hours Care' contact information

OOSH After School Care 2019

Intereach Out of School Hours (OOSH) – Deniliquin

Vacation Care for the 2018/19 summer holidays has wrapped up again for another year and After School Care starts this week!

To book your spot, call: 1300 448 226

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Budding political journalist gets her start at Intereach

A budding ABC political journalist is getting an important start to her working life thanks to the support of Intereach Deniliquin.

Tiarna Condren, a high-performing Deniliquin High School student who graduated last year, has her sights on a career in the broadcast media reporting on politics.

She has been accepted into the renowned journalism school at RMIT Melbourne, but primarily for financial reasons needed to take a ‘gap’ year.

That’s where Intereach came into the picture.

It has employed Tiarna through local training provider Murray Mallee Training Co., and she will complete a Certificate III in Business Administration throughout 2020.

Tiarna will greet customers at the front desk of the Intereach office in Trickett St, and help link them to local services through the Intereach Community Links program.

Community Links has been developed to help anyone accessing Intereach services to find the right assistance for their needs, and the ‘Linkers’ help by discussing what Intereach can do to support each individual’s situation.

Tiarna is excited about her year ahead.

“After graduating from High School I needed a driving force to push me through my gap year and help me out financially. This traineeship is perfect to expand my skillset, communication skills and knowledge. It will help lay the foundations for my tertiary education when I attend RMIT from February next year, studying a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism).

Intereach General Manager Operations Sam Hall said as well as providing community service support, it was important the organisation helped develop career pathways for local young people.

“We want to continue our progress as an employer of choice in the Deniliquin region and beyond, and to achieve this we need to provide employment opportunities for our future leaders who are just entering the workforce.

“We also want to continue building our relationship with local education providers such as Deniliquin High School; these partnerships will benefit the school, the graduating students and Intereach,” Mr Hall said.

Tiarna spent her entire secondary education at Deniliquin High School, and before that was in Kindergarten to Year 6 at Deniliquin South School.

Throughout her years of local education she showed a keen interest in debating, public speaking and academic competitions and said she had “always been fascinated with politics and the media”.

This led to her being selected for the Rotary Adventure In Citizenship program in 2018, during which she spent a week getting an ‘inside look’ at Parliament House.

Perhaps Tiarna will be the next Leigh Sales or Laura Tingle? And all thanks to the start she is receiving, firstly at two Deniliquin schools and now at Intereach.

 

General Manager – Operations Sam Hall and Community Linker Jenny Bright with Tiarna Condren

 

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Intereach’s National Children’s Week Artwork Competition 24 Oct – 1 November, 2020

Intereach is celebrating National Children’s Week by running an artwork competition across its service area.

The Children’s Week National Theme for 2020 is UNCRC Article 15:

Children have the right to meet together and join groups and organisations as long as it does not stop other people from enjoying their rights. In exercising their rights, children have the responsibility to respect the rights, freedom and reputations of others.

– Article 15: The Convention on the Rights of the Child, United Nations

 

During COVID19 many children have not been able to potentially exercise their rights to become involved in group play or outdoors activities and to express their freedoms in ways they have freely chosen to do so. The artwork competition is asking children to become involved in activities to express themselves through art.

Do you have a creative streak? Do you like creating art or colouring-in? Simply create a piece of art from nature or do a colour-in from the two selected drawings available to download below, take a photo of it and submit it through to community@intereach.com.au to be in the running for some great prizes.

The colour-in pictures are based on two books used by the Intereach Reach Out And Relax (ROAR) team who work with young people and their families who are showing early signs of, or are at risk of developing mental health issues.

Unlike lots of competitions there will be no winners or losers – selected unique artworks will be rewarded with some great prizes. Competition is open to all pre and school-aged children. Remember to submit your name, age, postcode and a contact number with each submission. All submissions must be received by Oct 30 to be eligible for great prizes.

The competition has commenced. All artwork submitted will be displayed in the windows at select Intereach Offices.

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NDIS Provider Information sessions in Balranald and Dareton

NDIS provider information sessions – for new providers

Are you interested in providing services to NDIS Participants in the Murrumbidgee and Far Western NSW areas? Are you considering registering with the NDIS as a services provider? Are you registered to provide services to NDIS participants? Are you currently providing services to NDIS participants?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is rolling out progressively in Australia over the next two years.  In order to support individuals or organisations learn how to become providers, the National Disability Insurance Agency will be holding provider introductory sessions in line with the regional rollout.

The areas covered will include:

  • Overview of the NDIS and the participant pathway
  • How to register as a NDIS provider
  • Market information (including information about the Terms of Business, the provider portal, Reasonable and Necessary Decision Making and Payments and Pricing)

Non-registered providers are encouraged to attend.

 

Upcoming sessions will be held at:

Balranald

Date: Tuesday 20 June 2017

Time: 9.30 am to 11.30 am

Where: Lone Pine Room Balranald RSL Club

Address: 116 Market St, Balranald NSW 2715

RSVP: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/53907 or phone 0475 827 181

 

Dareton

Date: Wednesday 21  June 2017

Time: 10 am to 12 midday

Where: Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corp

Address: 51 Sturt Pl, Dareton, NSW 2717

RSVP: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/53908 or phone 0475 827 181

Organisations are asked to limit representatives to 1-2 at each session. Please contact us if you have any accessibility requests

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Free women’s health and pampering day

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

 

The day will be held at Intereach Deniliquin Neighbourhood Centre on Tuesday 3 July 2018 and will include free hand massages and hand care from local beautician Mikki Amor. Free child care can be provided but must be requested at RSVP.

 

The event is 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.”

 

Women’s health and pampering event details

Date:               Tuesday 3 July 2018

Time:              1pm-3pm

Location:        Intereach Deniliquin Neighbourhood Centre, Cnr Napier and Trickett Streets

Cost:               It’s free! Afternoon tea, refreshments and pampering sessions are all completely free

 

Sound like fun? Want to know more?

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Wendy Johnston, Intereach Ability Links, or Rosemary Hill, Intereach Deniliquin Community Hub, on 03 5890 5200.

To access free childcare you must RSVP before Friday 29 June 2018.

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