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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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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

LiveBetter

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

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News

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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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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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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Narelle is keen to pursue her artistic passion.

Art the bedrock for Narelle to rebuild

After relocating to a small town in southern NSW, a change in Narelle’s health brought her career to a halt, resulting in disability and isolating her from her community. To keep mentally active and busy Narelle pursued her love of art and craft, but she felt isolated and disengaged from the outside world. With the help of her Linker she regained her sense of self-worth and since then Narelle's personal growth has been remarkable.
Emily helping out with kitchen jobs

Emily’s hands make light work of business

Emily is a young woman with Down Syndrome who lives in Dubbo. About a year ago her family saw an opportunity for Emily to engage even more with her community through the micro enterprise concept. With the support of Ability Linkers at LiveBetter and the Community Leadership Program in Adelaide, Emily and her family set up a microbusiness and engaged a personal assistant to help Emily get involved in niche work opportunities in and around the regional NSW centre.
Nate with his guide dog Keno

Life’s a whirlwind for ‘Hurricane Chef’ Nate

‘Hurricane Chef’ Nate has moved mountains in his quest to pursue a career as a chef. Now he has realised another dream – to produce and publish his own cookbook. ‘The Cookbook and Story of the Hurricane Chef’ features a collection of Nate’s favourite entree, mains and dessert recipes, along with his tips and tricks and a description of his food philosophy. But it is far more than that. Nate – who is diabetic, totally blind and has two cochlear implants to allow him to hear – recounts his life story and the passion for food which has allowed him to overcome adversity.
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.
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