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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.

There are a range of Ability Links NSW providers all across the state and the contact details for a local Linker can be found in a range of ways.

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Read about our other providers across NSW and find out about what they do and who can access Ability Links NSW.

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To find a linker simply click on your region and from there you can view their contact details.

LiveBetter

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

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) 6651 1788

Pathfinders

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

Intereach

Intereach
PO Box 501
Deniliquin NSW 2710
1300 488 226

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News

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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New Lego club comes to town

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.
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Youth Week 2017 – Glen Innes

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.
Linker and children at the handover of the sports ability kit

New project bringing awareness of inclusive sports to kids

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.
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The Contribution of NSW Community Service Organisations

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.
Participants in the Ability Links Kyogle Community Gym program.

Fun and fitness in Kyogle

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
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Featured Story

Aunty Mary’s Apology book set for National Library display

Aunty Mary with neice Tracey presenting her book to Andrew Gee MP
Aunty Mary with neice Tracey presenting her book to Andrew Gee MP

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.

Her goal was to compile all these clippings and stories into a book that she could give to the Prime Minister of the day on the 10th anniversary of the Apology, which was on 13 February 2018. However, this could not be organised and Aunty Mary was left feeling disheartened and disappointed.

Her local Ability Linker Renee found out about this and made contact with Aunty Mary’s Federal MP, Andrew Gee, via his diary manager, who was able to arrange a meeting in Aunty Mary’s home town of Mudgee.

With Renee’s assistance, the meeting took place in March this year at the Mudgee Public Library. In attendance were Mr Gee MP, Mudgee Mayor Des Kennedy, Linker Renee and a small group of family and friends including Aunty Mary’s niece Tracy.

Mr Gee and Mr Kennedy made speeches and congratulated Aunty Mary for her efforts. Mr Gee promised to take her book to Canberra where it will be displayed in the National Library before being archived for future generations.

Aunty Mary told everyone present how deeply affected she was by the Apology and how it impacted on her family. She is now happy that the comments and stories contained within the book will be safe for future generations.

PHOTO: Aunty Mary pictured with (l-r) Mayor Des Kennedy, her niece Tracy, Andrew Gee MP and Linker Renee.

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Click the button below to share some of these with us and the community – it can be a poem, video link, story or whatever you like.

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Michael Jarrett (Micklo)

Micklo builds stronger bridges back to community

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.”
Ability Linker Gordon with his fishing buddies

Catching up to catch some fish

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 and Support Worker

Jimmy’s new set of wheels

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.
Aunty Mary with neice Tracey presenting her book to Andrew Gee MP

Aunty Mary’s Apology book set for National Library display

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.
Nigel and Michael on treadmill

Michael sets his sights on the job market

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.
William (left) and Zac (right) showing some favourite anime.

Taking the Anime Lead

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.
Jacinta

Getting my confidence back – Jacinta’s Story

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.
Mary sitting in her garden

Mary’s Penchant for Poetry

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.
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