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Linkers work with people to uncover their goals and find ways to make them happen. Linkers support people to feel included in the community. You can contact a Linker whenever you need to, by phone, email, website or visiting one of our local offices – without needing a referral or going through a formal assessment process.

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Social Futures

Northern Rivers Social Development Council
“Killclare House”, 16 Keen Street,
Lismore NSW 2480
(02) 6620 1800

Mid Coast Communities

Mid Coast Communities
Shop 21, 20 Gordon Street,
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
(02) 6650 9771

Pathfinders

Pathfinders
87 Beardy Street
Armidale NSW 2350
(02) 6771 1527

Intereach

Intereach
PO Box 501
Deniliquin NSW 2710
1300 488 226

LiveBetter

LiveBetter
Head Office
142 March Street
Orange NSW 2800
1300 227 393

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News

Aunty Bea welcomes Ability Linkers.

Aunty Bea welcomes Linkers at women’s festival

The Ability Links Mid North Coast team had the honour of working alongside Aunty Bea Ballangarry as the visionary and cultural director for the ‘WOW 2019’ one-day women's event: ‘Guunumba – Bring to Life’, which took place on 9 March at Coffs Harbour Showgrounds. The team was part of the Women of the World (WOW) working group led by Aunty Bea, with the purpose of the day being to provide a safe, inclusive space for women to connect, heal, learn, grow and have fun.
Access at a Glance project launch in Orange February 2019.

Business accessibility project fires up across Central West

The Access at a Glance project arrived with a bang across the Central West in February 2019, with Ability Linkers fanning out across the main regional centres to explain the benefits to local businesses of being more inclusive. Pictured above at the Orange launch are (left to right) Zoe Hida (Everywherevenues), Shawn Dwyer (Orange Business Chamber), Margi Garretty (Ability Links), Phil Donato (NSW Local Member), Louise Geaghan (Orange City Council), Noelle (Orange Business Chamber), Sally Thomas (HIPPY Australia), Emily Mitchell (Social Futures) and Bonny Stephens (LiveBetter). At front are Zoe’s daughters.
(From left) Natasha Bearman, Disability Advocacy NSW advocator Ross Casey, RDA Far West CEO Michael Williams, Aboriginal Ability Links Linker Nathan Kickett and the RDA's Leesa Zupanovich at the Feb 2018 project launch.

Ramping up inclusion across the Far West

What began as a conversation in Broken Hill two years ago has ended with more than 100 wheelchair-friendly ramps installed in locations across Far Western NSW – and much of the credit goes to Ability Linker Natasha Bearman, who works with LiveBetter. Natasha is shown here (at left) at the February 2018 project launch with Disability Advocacy NSW's Ross Casey, RDA Far West CEO Michael Williams, Aboriginal Ability Links Linker Nathan Kickett and RDA's Leesa Zupanovich.
Ability Linker

Linking up communities is Kylie’s calling

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.
Orange Linkers

Orange Linkers roll up their flannelette sleeves for farmers

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.
Ability Linker Bec Browning

NAIDOC award nomination for inspirational Bec

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.
Premier's Award for North West Alliance

Minister presents Premier’s award to Ability Links NSW program

The North West Alliance has received a Premier’s Award for improving government services with a special presentation made by NSW Minister for Disability Services, The Hon. Ray Williams. The North West Alliance delivers the Ability Links program across 87% of regional NSW. North West Alliance Program Manager Valerie Thompson was on hand to receive the award and said it was recognition of all the wonderful work the Linkers do in our communities.
Local football mental health round

Embracing Mental Health Through Football

A day devoted to stamping out the stigma around mental illness could become an annual fixture with locals and visitors alike embracing the spirit of the day when the Nyngan Tigers Senior Rugby League Club hosted its mental health round. The day, which was a collaboration between Nyngan Tigers and Ability Links NSW, aimed to break down barriers associated with mental illness, foster community understanding and empower people to seek help when needed. Former professional rugby league player and Black Dog Institute representative Wayne Wigham addressed each team at the end of their games, highlighting the importance of people seeking help when they don’t feel like themselves.
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Featured Story

Mackenzie saddles up for a great time

Ability Links helped Mackenzie get on horseback
Ability Links helped Mackenzie get on horseback

Mackenzie met an Ability Linker for the first time in late 2018 when her father Garry approached Ability Links for assistance in helping her apply to join the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Mackenzie lives in the Armidale area and her medical conditions made it difficult for her to attend school. As a result she has been home schooled, which led to her becoming increasingly socially isolated.

When the Linker first met Mackenzie she noticed the impact her social isolation was having, so as well as assisting with NDIS she thought of supports that would give Mackenzie the chance to interact with others and have something to look forward to.

The Linker asked Mackenzie a few questions about what she liked to do, including what made her happy. With some encouragement the Linker found that Mackenzie loved horses.

After a conversation with Mackenzie’s father to check if it was OK, the Linker contacted the local Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) to set up a ride. On ride day the Linker picked up Mackenzie and her dad and met with the fabulous RDA volunteers at the local equestrian centre, where Mackenzie was fitted with a helmet and matched with a horse.

Volunteer Robyn assessed Mackenzie’s riding ability as she embarked on her first ride, which she loved. Mackenzie thoroughly enjoyed the day and meeting the dedicated RDA volunteers.

She is now a regular and has had the opportunity to meet some people similar in age and enjoy valuable time with horses.

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Max enjoying his day out fishing with Captain Tony

Captain Tony wets a line with Casino Peer Support Group

The fishing day had finally arrived! It was 25 April and the Casino Peer Support Group members had been waiting for this day for well over two months since it was discussed at a peer group meeting. It was time to head off to the beautiful inlets and islands around Yamba on the far north coast.
Ability Links participant Dawn was supported to re-engage with her local aquatic centre

Dawn gets back in the swim!

Dawn lives in the Taree area and experiences chronic pain as well as severe anxiety outside her home. She also has three children who are all National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants, which adds to the stress she experiences in her daily life. After talking to a Linker in her area about the Ability Links program and her own support needs, Dawn decided that she really wanted to re-engage with her local aquatic centre. And with the support of her Linker, that's exactly what she has done!
Ability Links helped Mackenzie get on horseback

Mackenzie saddles up for a great time

Mackenzie lives in the Armidale area and due to her medical conditions she has been home schooled, which has led to her becoming increasingly socially isolated. When a Linker first met Mackenzie she noticed the impact her social isolation was having, so she asked Mackenzie a few questions about what she liked to do, including what made her happy. With some encouragement the Linker found out that Mackenzie loved horses.
Mapped projection of Trail of Light and Sound.

Into the Light and Sound

A group of creative Far North Coast Ability Links participants travelled to Bermagui on NSW’s south coast earlier this month with fellow artists from the Lismore region to join in a five-day arts development project as part of Sculpture Bermagui, which ran from 8 to 17 March 2019. The group of 12 artists was supported by Lismore-based post-disability arts company RealArtWorks Inc, one of whose producers is Lismore-based Ability Linker Sunita Bala. Pictured above is a light projection onto the Bermagui headlands, part of the Trail of Light and Sound project created via the creative collaboration.
Veronica is a maths superstar

A superpower in mathematics

Veronica loves sport, nature and making new friends. She also has a hidden superpower in mathematics. However, due to traumatic family circumstances, Veronica and her dad Kurt were forced to move away from their home and friends interstate to the unfamiliar environment of the NSW North Coast. A referral was made to Ability Links and Francis, a Far North Coast Linker, began working with Kurt and Veronica around their goals. Several months down the track and with supportive people who understand her and her capabilities, Veronica is set to thrive.
Australia's first blind fashion designer Nikki Hinds

Blind Grit by name, true grit by nature

Look out New York, Paris and Milan – ‘Blind Grit’ is out there and heading your way! Blind Grit is the label and brainchild of Australia’s first legally blind fashion designer, Nikki Hind, and with the help of Ability Linkers at North West Alliance partner Intereach in Albury Wodonga, Nikki (above) has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for her first ‘for sale’ fashion line aimed at the athleisure wear market.
Mike and Mat composing their poem

Creative passion rises above the flood

For Ability Links participants Mike Smith and Mathew Daymond, dreams came true on the first weekend in November 2018 when they were able to attend the prestigious Artstate 2018 Bathurst with the support of Ability Links Far North Coast (FNC). The two men are artists with Lismore-based arts company RealArtWorks.Inc. Mike is a musician and songwriter who has been blind since birth, while Mathew is a visual artist and lives with schizophrenia. Both also have an intellectual disability, and both are passionate advocates for their community and its recovery from the devastating floods of March 2017.
Barsha has been helped into employment by her Ability Linker.

Catering is the passport to Barsha’s new life

It’s a long way from Bangladesh to Mudgee, but with the support of Ability Links Barsha is making the transition. Barsha migrated with her family to Australia from their home in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, in 2016. Barsha and her husband wanted a better life for their two children and believed the open spaces, fresh air and good education system in Australia would give their children the best opportunities.
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