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
A simple question raises so many interesting responses. This was the question asked to everyone who attended the Festival of Abilities held in Tamworth on July 4. The festival was a showcase to raise awareness of those with a disability showing their ability. Our Ability Links Linkers are always on the lookout for volunteers who can work with our clients. An ability doesn’t have to be a learned skill or talent. Quite simply it can be giving your time to that person, by listening, making them a cup of tea or reading them a book. One person at the festival said, “I don’t have any abilities.” After talking with a Linker she started to feel that she could in fact make... View Article