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Koori Playtime and Aboriginal playgroup start back

The school holidays are nearly over, and that means Deniliquin Koori Playtime and Aboriginal Playgroup will start again soon!

 

Koori Playtime

Koori Playtime starts back on Tuesday 13 February. Come along for a yarn with other parents and carers. A great opportunity for children to play and learn!

Starts: Tuesday 13 February
Time: 10.00am until 2.00pm
Where: Intereach Family Centre at 366 Trickett Street, Deniliquin

Koori Playtime is free, but we ask parents and carers to provide morning tea, lunch and drinks for your children.

Want to know more? Contact Intereach Aboriginal Family Support Worker Noelene Edwards on Phone: 0428 815 291 or click here

 

Aboriginal Playgroup

Aboriginal Playgroup is an initiative of the Deniliquin Aboriginal Lands Council and Intereach Aboriginal Children and Schooling Transition Project. Playgroup will run every Thursday during the NSW school term.

Starts: Thursday 8 February
Time: 9.00am to 11.00am
Where: Edward School Old Hall, Butler St, Deniliquin

Morning tea will be provided

Interested? Phone Intereach Family Services on Ph: 03 5890 5293

 

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Gentle exercise classes for older people

Are you aged over 65 and live in the Albury area? Are you interested in staying fit and healthy? Is the gym not really ‘your thing’?

Good news! Intereach will be offering a FREE gentle exercise group for older people in Albury, starting soon.

The classes will be run by a local pilates and fitness instructor.

Sound interesting? Phone Stephanie, Intereach Community Support Team, on 02 6051 7800 for more info or to book your place

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Free social support for older people

Are you an older person? Are you feeling a bit lonely or are not really sure how to get involved with social activities in your area? Do you fancy a cuppa, an outing or a chat?

Intereach is now offering free one on one social support for people aged over 65 in the Albury, Corowa and Howlong areas.

Social support services can help you to maintain an active social life by having someone visit you in your home, or by arranging visits and outings in the community.

Our friendly local social support volunteers are happy to help with your grocery shop, go for a walk, or simply have a good natter, whatever suits you. So, why not give it a try

Sounds interesting… what do I need to do?

Contact Stephanie, at Intereach Community Support, on Ph: 02 6051 7800 for a chat and find out how we can help you.

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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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Volunteer driver

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.

Click here to read more about Mary’s story:  

Click here to read more about the Ability Links Program:

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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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