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‘Have Your Say’ in Jerilderie

We want to know more about the Jerilderie community. Intereach Ability Links staff will be outside Jerilderie IGA on Wednesday, April 3 to provide information and answer questions about the services they provide. The staff will also be asking community members to complete the ‘Have Your Say’ survey which takes about 10 minutes. Intereach Community Engagement & Capacity Development and Ability Links senior manager Mardi Chartres encourages all Jerilderie locals to take the time to find out more about the services available.
“Intereach works alongside families, children, older people, carers and people with a disability, so there is a strong chance that you or someone you know could use one of our services at some point in your life. It’s important you know what services and supports we offer. We have an office in Finley, Hay, Echuca, Deniliquin, Albury, Griffith, Wagga and Shepparton to name a few, which is a strong presence in the Riverina Murray and northern Victoria.”
Intereach Ability Links is about building connections in your local community. Ability ‘Linkers’ work with people living with a disability or major barrier, as well as their family members and carers, to enable them to make new connections and find out what services, resources and groups are available to assist them to reach their full potential.See the Intereach staff in Jerilderie between 10.30am and noon on April 3 outside of IGA supermarket. The ‘Have Your Say’ survey is designed to help identify what service gaps may exist within your community. For more information on Intereach and to find a digital version of the survey, visit www.intereach.com.au . You can also visit the Finley Intereach office at 134 Murray St (Newell Hwy) or call 1300 488 226.

You can complete the survey online here: www.intereach.com.au/have-your-say

 

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Tarah has a place to call home

The southern NSW town of Cootamundra has felt like home for Tarah Ross since she moved there six years ago. Now, after signing the lease on her own two-bedroom unit a month ago, it really is a place for her to call home. 

Since leaving school 14 years ago Tarah has wanted her own place but it was always going to be more of a challenge for her than other young people her age. Tarah has a moderate intellectual disability and found the private rental market impossible to navigate. 

 However, with assistance from her disability employment provider Elouera Association and in-home supports funded through her National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan, Tarah has finally cracked the code. 

“I love it – I just couldn’t be happier,” she says. “There’s a few people from work living close by and it only takes me 10 minutes to walk into town.” 

 Now 32, Tarah was born in Sydney and moved to Junee with her family when she was three. She attended school there until Year 8 when she moved to a special school in Wagga Wagga. “The school in Wagga was amazing,” she says. “I made it all the way through to Year 12 and was school captain twice, in Year 10 and then again in Year 12.” 

 Since arriving in Cootamundra Tarah has been employed by Elouera full time in a variety of supported roles, mainly in its laundromat but also at the recycling facilities it runs in Cootamundra and Young. “I really like Coota, I’ve got good friends here now and it’s just a lot friendlier than any other place I’ve ever lived,” she says. 

Paula Miller, Tarah’s Local Area Coordinator from NDIS partner Intereach, says that before Tarah got her own place she had the opportunity to participate in an overnight stay program run by Elouera at its independent living centre “Tarah was doing two nights a week at the centre for a period of time prior to moving into her current accommodation and becoming independent,” Paula says.  

 Tarah was determined to prove her ability to live independently and over the course of a few months she did just that. With assessments and recommendations from an occupational therapist funded through her NDIS plan, Elouera also helped her learn how to save and budget properly. “When Tarah’s new plan came through in August this year one of her goals was to improve her daily living skills so she would be able to live independently,” Paula says. “We never thought she’d be in her own place so quickly – she’s certainly ticked that box!” 

 Elouera helped furnish Tarah’s unit and also helped her buy a fridge and TV, which she is paying back via regular deductions from her pay. Recently she bought herself an ironing board and she’s saving up to buy her own washing machine. 

 NDIS-funded support workers pop in after work every Tuesday and Friday to take her grocery shopping and cook enough meals to last her a week, and on Wednesday Tarah’s flat is cleaned while she’s at work. “They don’t have to do that much cleaning anymore, I’m a lot better at doing that myself now,” Tarah says. 

 Her NDIS plan also supports her to participate in a weekly cooking group and once a month she joins a group of Elouera participants to go ten-pin bowling or watch a movie. Each Monday she goes on her own to a drama group without any supports.   Right now Tarah is saving for a week’s assisted holiday to Tasmania in February next year with a group of around 10-15. Her NDIS plan will part-fund the support workers accompanying the group and she will pay her own travel and accommodation expenses. 

 “I’m really, really looking forward to that,” Tara says.  

 And best of all, she’ll have her own place to come back to. 

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Intereach to deliver NDIS in Murrumbidgee

Intereach has been announced as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Partner in the Community (PITC) in the Murrumbidgee area of NSW for the next three years, covering a broad region of 28 local government areas including Wagga Wagga, Albury, Griffith, Leeton, Cootamundra and Deniliquin districts.

The community and human services organisation has been delivering NDIS Local Area Coordinator services to this area on behalf of outgoing PITC for Murrumbidgee, Social Futures, since the rollout of the Scheme.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said becoming the standalone PITC for Murrumbidgee was a natural progression for Intereach, which already provides numerous community services across this particular region.

“We are delighted with the announcement and look forward to continuing our work with NDIS participants and their families. In effect, participants can expect little to change in service delivery or the level of service provided,” Ms Fox said.

As the newly appointed Partner, Intereach will become the key contact for many participants aged seven years and above. The change will take place from June 30, 2020.

The changes apply to the NDIS Local Area Coordinator (LAC) services; Intereach continues to operate as the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Partner in the Murrumbidgee region.

Ms Fox said LAC participants would be contacted by Intereach and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA, which implements NDIS). She said it was important to understand that these changes will not affect participant plans or funding. Handover arrangements for participants will be put in place between Intereach and the outgoing partner, Social Futures, to ensure continuity of support.

“This is a normal process that all States and Territories go through as the end of a PITC contract term expires, so it is ‘business as usual’ when it comes to delivering the scheme to participants,” Ms Fox said, adding “processes are in place to ensure a smooth transition between any changing partners.”

“I want to assure all participants that there will be a smooth transition to the Intereach team, which has extensive experience in NDIS delivery,” Ms Fox said.

Intereach is also the PITC in the Loddon, Goulburn and Mallee NDIS service areas in Victoria.

 

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Rotary jumps at Family Centre fundraising opportunity

The children attending the annual January Vacation Care program in Deniliquin are enjoying playing on a new trampoline, thanks to the combined efforts of local organisations.

Intereach purchased the trampoline for its Family Centre, where Vacation Care and After School Care is held. It co-opted members of Deniliquin Rotary Club for the challenging task of assembling this latest acquisition to its vast range of activities for participating children to enjoy.

Rotarians gathered at Intereach on a Tuesday evening late last year, in warm conditions, where the trampoline was carefully put together, much to the delight of the Family Centre staff.

This week Intereach made a $500 donation to Rotary as thanks for its efforts in assembling the trampoline, as well as its overall contribution to the local community.

As a local human and community services provider, Intereach is always looking for opportunities to work collaboratively with the numerous community groups that operate in Deniliquin.

“We are extremely grateful to the Rotarians, led by Tony Kew, who ensured out latest equipment was ready for our January Vacation Care program. At Intereach we appreciate the work of organisations like Rotary for our community,” Intereach Out of School Hours program manager Cath McLean said.

“The children are having lots of fun on the trampoline,” she added.

Mr Kew thanked Intereach for the opportunity to help out, and for the generous donation.

“Fundraising for all service clubs has been difficult in 2020, so we welcomed the chance to assist another community organisation and at the same time raise some money,” Mr Kew said.

The Intereach Out of School Hours and Vacation Care programs provide a vast range of activities for children including art, sport, craft, cooking, drama and excursions. Participating children are under the care of professional educators.

OOSH and Vacation Care are based at the Intereach Family Centre at 366 Trickett St, next door to the Intereach Neighbourhood Centre. Vacation Care runs from Monday to Friday during NSW school holidays, but is closed on public holidays.

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Deniliquin LGBTI Parents and Friends Group

Are you the parent, family member or friend of a LGBTIQ person? Live in the Deniliquin area?

Our peer discussion group offers support, information and understanding in a relaxed and positive environment.

Let’s break down the barriers!

DATE: Monday 29 January
TIME: 7.00pm
WHERE: South West Arts (Old Conargo Shire Chambers), End St, Deniliquin
INTERESTED? Contact Wendy Johnston, Intereach Ability Links, on 03 5890 5258

Light supper provided. Everyone welcome.

Interested? Contact Wendy Johnston, Intereach Ability Links, on 03 5890 5258

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Carers Week 2018

Calling all carers from Albury to Deniliquin, from Gundagai to Temora and Wagga! Join us to celebrate Carers Week 2018.

Intereach will celebrate the enormous contribution carers make to the local community with a series of events across the area. The events well give carers the opportunity to have a break, enjoy themselves and meet other people in their situation.

Albury

Carer support group launch

Join us to enjoy morning tea and celebrate the launch of the Albury Carer Support Group.

DATE: Wednesday 17 October
TIME: 10.00am – 12.00pm
WHERE: Intereach Albury Office 553 David Street, Albury
COST: Free. Morning tea provided.
RSVP: Intereach Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre
1800 052 222 by Tuesday 16 October 2018

 

Carers Week luncheon

Join the Border Carers Reference Group to celebrate Carers Week 2018. Relax and chat. Prizes and entertainment on offer throughout the day.

DATE: Thursday 18 October
TIME: 11.30am – 3pm
WHERE: Commercial Club, 618 Dean St, Albury NSW 2640
RSVP: BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL!! To RSVP phone 02 6055 8000 by Wednesday 10 October. You must phone to RSVP.

 

Carers Week celebration

Join us to celebrate Carers Week with a FREE sausage sizzle, live entertainment and face painting and games for the kids. Come along and meet other carers for a friendly, relaxed chat.

DATE: Thursday 18 October 2018
TIME: 5pm – 7pm
WHERE: Albury Library forecourt, corner Kiewa and Swift Sts Albury
INTERESTED? Contact Intereach Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 for more information

 

Caring For Yourself Workshop

Join us to celebrate Carers Week with a FREE workshop to help explore & understand why caring for yourself is so important! Come along and let us support you to learn some self-care ideas.

DATE: Saturday 20 October 2018
TIME: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
WHERE: Intereach Community Room, 553 David St, Albury
PRESENTER: Jennifer Daddow from Carers Victoria
Afternoon tea provided. Places are limited, bookings essential
RSVP: Intereach Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre 1800 052 222 by Wednesday 17 October 2018

Deniliquin

Carers wellbeing Expo: Deniliquin

Join us for an Expo featuring wellbeing activities, door prizes and guest speakers.

Come along and find new ideas and rediscover the inner you!

DATE: Tuesday 16 October 2018
TIME: 11.30 am to 3.00 pm
WHERE: Intereach, Cnr Trickett & Napier Sts, Deniliquin
COST: FREE! Light refreshments provided
RSVP: To RSVP please contact Intereach CRCC on 1800 052 222 before Monday 8 October

 

‘Caring is Cultural Business’ book launch

Join us at the Werrpanakata (Brown Park lagoon) to launch the ‘Caring is Cultural Business’ book. Guest celebrity indigenous chef will be Australian Indigenous chef Mark “the Black Olive”  will host a cooking demonstation and share taster plates with an Indigenous flavour.

DATE: Thursday 18 October 2018
TIME: 5pm to 8pm
COST: Free entry. BBQ cost TBC
INTERESTED? Contact Mary or Lisa at Intereach ph: 03 5890 5200; Deidre at Yarkuwa ph: 03 5881 3312; or Georgia at CareSouth on 0423 047 188.

 

Gundagai

Carers Week lunch

Think there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Think again! Gundagai area carers are invited to join us for an outing, with good company and fine food to reward you for all the things you do!

DATE: Tuesday 16 October 2018
TIME: 11am – 3pm
COST: FREE! Includes main meal and a soft drink
INTERESTED? RSVPs are essential! Contact Narelle at Intereach 02 6932 8300 or Di at Gundagai Neighbourhood Centre 02 6944 0290

 

Temora

Carer Support Group launch

Would you like to meet and chat with other carers? Come along and join us for the launch of the Temora Carer Support Group.

DATE: Friday 19 October
TIME: 10.00am – 12.00pm
WHERE: The Bundawarrah Centre, 29 Junee Road, Temora
COST: Free. Morning tea provided.
RSVP: Intereach Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre
1800 052 222 by Tuesday 16 October 2018

 

Wagga Wagga

Carers Picnic in the Park

Join us to celebrate Carers Week with a FREE morning tea and yoga in Collins Park. Come along and meet other carers for a friendly, relaxed chat.

Children welcome, free face painting available

DATE: Wednesday 17 October 2018
TIME: 10am-12pm
WHERE: Collins Park, Forsyth St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
RSVP: Intereach Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre 1800 052 222 by Monday 8 October 2018

 

Interested?

Need respite care to attend any of these events? Contact CRCC on ph: 1800 052 222

Intereach offer a variety of services to support Carers. For more information contact Intereach Commonwealth Respite Carelink Centre (CRCC) or visit www.intereach.com.au

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The Resilience Project comes to Hay

Intereach and the Commonwealth Bank have joined forces to bring The Resilience Project to Hay in June.

A free session will be held at the Spirit of ANZAC Centre, open to parents and community members, on June 11 at 7pm.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said presenter and former AFL footballer Martin Heppel would lead the session, which was focused around three key themes – gratitude, empathy and mindfulness (GEM).

The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, sports clubs and businesses, providing practical, evidence-based, positive mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness.

Learn more at theresilienceproject.com.au.

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Offices closed due to poor air quality

Our Albury, Bendigo and Corowa offices will be closed for the remainder of this week (6/1/2020 – 10/1/2020) due to poor air quality in those regions.

If you have an appointment with a staff member at our Albury office, please press the doorbell when you arrive.

If you have an appointment with a staff member at our Bendigo office, please press the doorbell when you arrive.

If you are meeting with a staff member or require Centrelink services at our Corowa office, please knock on the door when you arrive.

Staff will be available for appointment-only meetings if necessary for the remainder of this week.
Intereach staff will still be available via phone during this time on 1300 488 226.

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 check on your well-being, 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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Intereach staff return to office

Intereach staff in NSW are starting to gradually transition back into the office after several months of working from home.

The human and community services organisation continues to update its COVID-19 Safe Plan, reflecting changing situations across its broad footprint.

CEO Keryn Fox said at the NSW locations the Intereach Community Linkers – those who ‘link’ participants with the various services they need – were back in their office environment from Monday this week. Staff working in areas to assist families and children and those who provide mental health support returned to the office on Wednesday.

Ms Fox said due to the ongoing lockdown situation in Victoria, the majority of Intereach staff in that state remain working from home. Offices in both states remain closed, however, services are still available by calling 1300 488 226. At this stage there are plans to reopen NSW offices to the public sometime in August, once staff have settled back into the office environment and the necessary COVID protocols are in place, Ms Fox added.

“We have a different situation in Victoria compared to New South Wales, so it is appropriate that we have the flexibility to deal with this,” Ms Fox said.

“We are confident we can safely and more effectively serve the needs of our communities in New South Wales with a gradual transition back to working from our offices.

“This has been a challenging time for our staff, participants, and communities and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and understanding. Our team members have done an outstanding job over recent months, sometimes in difficult circumstances. They need to be commended for their effort and commitment.”

In keeping with state border closures, NSW Intereach staff are presently unable to travel into Victoria. This includes staff and volunteers who provide Community Transport services. However, transport services within NSW are continuing but are being assessed on a “case by case” basis, Ms Fox added.

The Intereach COVID-19 Safe Plan continues to be flexible, adjusting to changing regulations across the two states in which the organisation operates.

Ms Fox said it was imperative that everyone remains vigilant and follows the Government’s COVID-19 protocols, including social distancing and wearing masks where necessary.

Anyone with queries should visit the Intereach website, www.intereach.com.au, or phone the toll-free number on 1300 488 226.

Intereach operates from 17 offices across the NSW Riverina, northern and central Victoria, and the Mallee region.

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