Announcements - September 12, 2019
Our new Links to Community
We’re thrilled this week to be introducing our Community Links program to our communities.
Intereach Community Links enhances the high-quality service already being offered by our staff in linking local people to a range of services and supports available in their community.
Community Links was developed by Intereach staff and is built on the platform of a ‘no wrong door policy’ – essentially, everyone is welcome into any one of our 16 offices across southern NSW and Northern Victoria and our ‘Linkers’ will be there to help them “get the support they need, when they need it”.
Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said it’s an exciting time for the organisation which will this week start a recruitment campaign for Community Links staff in Griffith, Wagga, Bendigo, Kyneton, Mildura, Maryborough and Shepparton.
“Community Links is an extension of the good work our staff are already doing and builds on the Community Hubs model which is offered from our Deniliquin headquarters and some of our other smaller southern New South Wales offices,” Ms Fox said.
“We’re rolling out Community Links across our entire footprint. People can walk into any one of our offices off the street and feel confident they’ll be linked to the local services or community group they need."
Keryn Fox - Intereach CEO
“Community Links is designed to strengthen our foundation and reputation as a community leader in rural and regional areas. We’re committed to developing community infrastructure and supporting rural and regional communities, and Community Links is another exciting chapter in our organisation’s success story.”
So how will it work? The Community Links team will be made up of ‘Community Linkers’. In many cases, Community Linkers will be the first point of contact for people accessing our services for the first time.
There’ll be a Linker based at every office, allowing every Intereach office to now be open to the community from Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm.
Our Community Linkers will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to link people to where they need to go – whether it be internally to one of our programs, or externally to a mainstream support or community connection; they’ll be working towards greater accessibility and inclusion for all people and capturing information to help identify service gaps in our local communities.
Ms Fox said once recruitment has been completed Community Links will be officially launched.
“We’re sourcing Community Linkers both internally and externally. We’re looking for highly motivated, positive and personable people to become part of our Community Links team; they’ll in many ways be the ‘face of Intereach’, responsible for working with individuals, service providers and community groups to provide a locally based, single point of access to information, resources and services that are accessible to all members of the community.”