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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.
When Will first met his Ability Links Linker, he had been going through a tough time with severe anxiety and depression. Will was struggling to build friendships and wanted to be linked to a group where he could share his passion for anime and video games.
Through discussions with Will and other participants, the Linker saw that there was a gap in the community for people Will’s age and that met his wants and goals.
Through discussion with Will, the Linker he had an idea to start a pop culture group and asked Will if he would like to lead the group. Will said leading the group was out of his comfort zone but he wanted to give it a go. He liked the idea of showing and teaching other people about his passion for anime and video games.
When Jacinta came to Ability Links she had lost her confidence. She was being bullied at work because of her disability.
Jacinta and her Linker discussed options for looking for a new job and a workplace that better appreciated her skills. While Jacinta was still very reluctant at first, her Linker reassured her that not all workplaces are the same.
Jacinta and her Linker first set about updating her resume and talked to Sureway, a local employment and training agency, about funding a traineeship. Surway spoke with Jacinta and told her she was eligible for both and that there was a job at a local caravan park for a trainee cleaner.
Ever since Mary was young she has loved writing poetry. Over the years, this love has extended to a desire to share her poetry with others, however, opportunities for poetry events were few and far between in her town.
When Mary discussed her passion with a local linker, they decided to work together with the local library where Mary volunteers to plan an event where she could perform her poetry.
The Linker introduced Mary to the coordinator of the local arts council who was also a poet and could guide Mary in putting on the event. Mary invited other local and visiting poets to participate in the event and together worked to plan and promote the poetry event.