For a lot of kids, if they had to name their favourite activities, lego would be near the top of the list. A new partnership between Ability Links NSW and Bathurst Library will bring Lego for all as part of a new LEGO club. The club is for people of all different abilities aged between five and 18 years of age and aims to promote inclusiveness and help build friendships.
When Ability Links was asked to assist in planning and running this year’s Youth Week activities in Glen Innes we naturally jumped at the chance. After hosting successful Youth Week events in the past, it was decided that this year’s event would focus more on sports to better engage with the local high school. Youth Week opened with a free showing of The Edge of Seventeen which had over 100 people in attendance. Some of the young people who attended described it as a reflection of their lives, and a great movie to help build their self-esteem. An afternoon of touch football was also organised with several community leaders including a Linker, youth workers, fireman, police officer, ambulance officer, teachers, councillor, council general manager and directors joining in.
A new project being delivered by Ability Links on the Mid North Coast is teaching students the value of inclusion and giving students of all abilities the opportunity to enjoy sport. The Sports Ability Project is an early intervention initiative aimed at K – 6 students and staff from across the region and teaches them how to play inclusive games, including Boccia, Seated volleyball and blind-folded goalball.
Community service organisations are often valued in terms of the services they deliver and because community services organisations (CSOs) don’t make a profit or pay dividends to shareholders, the economic and social value they bring to their community can be overlooked. CSOs create jobs, contribute to economic growth and activity and invest in our local communities. Click on the links below to download the EY Report and the NCOSS response to EY report.
An Ability Links pilot program to run a fitness class for local people with disability began five weeks ago at the Kyogle Community Gym. Six people have joined the class and it’s proving to be an outstanding success, with more people wanting to participate than can currently be accommodated. The participants in the program all have very different types of disability, but a common thread for all is experiencing a lack of social interaction. The gym class is not just helping to increase their fitness – it’s also playing a key role in providing fun contact with other people, increasing self-esteem and improving the inclusion of people with disability in the community. Gym trainer Sharron has done a great job working out a circuit... View Article
It was an outstanding example of ‘everybody belonging’ at THE MOST KABARET, Rags to Riches event on Friday night, August 21, at the Lismore Workers Club Auditorium. The town of Lismore really backed the event, with more than 400 people attending. The line-up included local emerging and professional performers with and without disability who took to the stage in one of the year’s best Kabaret events! It seems Lismore really does lead the way when it comes to inclusion and offering such a wide variety of talent and abilities, with everyone involved having a good time. This year’s acts included Tra La La Blip, Ms Stan Munroe, Sprung!! Krinkl Theatre, Little Dragons Disability Dance Group, The NRC Youth Jazz Orchestra and... View Article
CareWest Ability Links has started a great new drumming project. The Community Drum Project is a great initiative which will provide people of all abilities and backgrounds with the opportunity to connect and play together. “When rhythm is found we feel that we are put in touch with life, not only our own life, but the life of the whole world.” – Laurence Binyon, poet. The drums were purchased by Ability Links for use by the wider community and have been ready for borrowing since 1 July 2015. Organisations, groups or services need to register as a member of the Orange Library (where the drums will be kept) and attend a facilitator workshop. They will then have access to the... View Article
Kingscliff student Kruize Phillips, 14, and his mum were hoping to get a wheelchair for Kruize, who has cerebral palsy and cannot walk due to problems with tendons in his legs. But his mum said there was no way they could afford a chair, particularly an electric chair which would be their dream. A man had come into the Community Centre to see if he could donate the wheelchair that his wife had used prior to her death four years ago. The receptionist Sinead connected the man, John Govers, with the Tweed Linker. The Linker then connected Kruize and his mum with John. When the Linker let them know that there was a chair available, Kruize’s mum was over the... View Article