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Narelle is keen to pursue her artistic passion.

Art the bedrock for Narelle to rebuild

October 16, 2018 2:42 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

After relocating to a small town in southern NSW, a change in Narelle’s health brought her career to a halt, resulting in disability and isolating her from her community. To keep mentally active and busy Narelle pursued her love of art and craft, but she felt isolated and disengaged from the outside world. With the help of her Linker she regained her sense of self-worth and since then Narelle's personal growth has been remarkable.


Ability Linker

Linking up communities is Kylie’s calling

October 3, 2018 12:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

3/10/2018: Regional Community Engagement Linker Kylie Maunder has seen more of NSW's Northern Rivers region over the past year than most people see in a lifetime. Operating from her base in Lismore, Kylie visits Aboriginal and other isolated communities from Grafton to Tweed and out to Tabulam on a regular basis, supporting a range of participants and programs as well as participating in key Social Futures activities and groups. "This is literally the best job I've ever had," Kylie says.


Emily helping out with kitchen jobs

Emily’s hands make light work of business

September 14, 2018 12:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Emily is a young woman with Down Syndrome who lives in Dubbo. About a year ago her family saw an opportunity for Emily to engage even more with her community through the micro enterprise concept. With the support of Ability Linkers at LiveBetter and the Community Leadership Program in Adelaide, Emily and her family set up a microbusiness and engaged a personal assistant to help Emily get involved in niche work opportunities in and around the regional NSW centre.


Nate with his guide dog Keno

Life’s a whirlwind for ‘Hurricane Chef’ Nate

September 7, 2018 3:25 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

‘Hurricane Chef’ Nate has moved mountains in his quest to pursue a career as a chef. Now he has realised another dream – to produce and publish his own cookbook. ‘The Cookbook and Story of the Hurricane Chef’ features a collection of Nate’s favourite entree, mains and dessert recipes, along with his tips and tricks and a description of his food philosophy. But it is far more than that. Nate – who is diabetic, totally blind and has two cochlear implants to allow him to hear – recounts his life story and the passion for food which has allowed him to overcome adversity.


Orange Linkers

Orange Linkers roll up their flannelette sleeves for farmers

August 21, 2018 10:10 am Published by Leave your thoughts

20/8/2018: A big ‘thank you’ to the Ability Linkers at LiveBetter in Orange, who last week donned their flannelette shirts, rolled up their sleeves – and raised almost $900 for NSW farmers to buy feed for their livestock. The ‘Feed for Farmers’ flannelette shirt fundraising took place on Thursday 16 August 2018 in the courtyard of the LiveBetter Child and Family Services office, with more than 100 people taking part in a fun-filled day featuring lots of delicious food.


Michael Jarrett (Micklo)

Micklo builds stronger bridges back to community

July 5, 2018 11:02 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Respected Aboriginal community member Michael Jarrett (Micklo) came to Ability Links seeking advice on strengthening his family and community connections. Micklo was happy with the effort the Linker has shown to support him, his family and his community. “Everyone is healthier, and more connected,” he says. “We are hopeful for a positive future for our mob.”


Ability Linker Gordon with his fishing buddies

Catching up to catch some fish

June 13, 2018 9:57 am Published by Leave your thoughts

They mightn’t catch too many fish, but Gordon Cox and his crew of monthly fishing buddies don’t care too much about the ones that got away. For them, it’s more about the chance to catch up with each other and enjoy a great day out.


Jimmy and Support Worker

Jimmy’s new set of wheels

May 29, 2018 4:05 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Jimmy is a rural man in his early 50s and is based in south-west NSW. He is also a long-term amputee. As a young Aboriginal man living in remote northern NSW, he stood on a nail, and eventually lost his leg from the hip down due to an untreated infection. With the lack of support available to him at the time, his direction in life drastically altered.


Aunty Mary with neice Tracey presenting her book to Andrew Gee MP

Aunty Mary’s Apology book set for National Library display

May 22, 2018 4:24 pm Published by Comments Off on Aunty Mary’s Apology book set for National Library display

Aboriginal Elder Aunty Mary was watching when former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered his apology to the Stolen Generation on 13 February 2008, and was so deeply moved by it that she decided to commemorate the event. Since then she has been collecting newspaper clippings, stories, and comments from people around Australia, and has travelled to every State in Australia to talk to communities, families and individuals directly.