7/8/2018: Tamworth Ability Linker Bec Browning has been recognised for her outstanding community work with a nomination for the regional NAIDOC Inspirational Woman of the Year award. Bec admits to being “blown away” by her nomination and feels deeply honoured.
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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.”
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 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.
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.
Michael was a socially isolated and under-confident young man of 17 when his mother Sarah first approached Ability Links for assistance. Although Michael wanted to get a job in his regional community, he had not attended school since age 12 and this made finding work very difficult for him.