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“Speedy” is well-known in Coffs Harbour. He has a larger than life personality and is a huge fan of the Rabbitohs. He is usually kitted out in Rabbitohs gear, with team flags and streamers flying from his bike’s handlebars. Speedy even keeps two pet rabbits and a guinea pig named Russell as part of his devotion to the Rabbitohs. Speedy's dream was to get to a Rabbitohs game, because he had never had the chance to see his beloved team play.
Growing up, Wymarra has had a lot of challenges to deal with. Due to illness, Wymarra was frequently in and out of hospital. To add to the challenges he faced, Wymarra was bullied at school and felt like he never fit in. So when Wymarra and his mum moved towns, it was a chance at a fresh start.
When Jason first came to Ability Links his passion for photography, film making and editing was clear. Jason had previously participated in a couple of disability specific theatre/media projects in his local area and was wanting to have more experiences working in these areas. However, after completing a Transition To Work Program, Jason found himself staying at home on his own most days and not being part of any local social activities.
Supporting people with their Centrelink issues is nothing out of the ordinary for a Linker, however, on this particular day, in this particular place, it changed the lives of a local family. On a visit to the local Centrelink office, a Linker was approached by a Security Guard. The security guard asked what her role was as he had seen her attending with different people and realised she was assisting them.
Pat came to Ability Links for some help in setting up work experience in the IT industry. His Linker Sarah also helped Pat achieve his goal of learning Auslan at TAFE, which is where Pat met his friend Jake. Pat now works full-time for a large technology firm. A local success story in connection & inclusiveness! This is his story.
Brad came to Ability Links wanting to get back into the workforce. When he met with his Linker, he explained that he had been trying to get in contact with his last place of employment but they weren’t returning his calls. Brad’s Linker, who just happened to know the recruitment manager, a meeting was booked and paperwork was ready to go for Brad to recommence employment with them. However, between meeting his Linker and the meeting at his old workplace, Brad approached Chris, the owner of Bob Jane T-Marts at his local club and asked if there were any job opportunities.
Sarah had been the carer of her mum for 15 years. So when her mum needed to live in an aged care facility due to her declining health and her advanced dementia Sarah naturally felt a little lost. Since moving to the Northern Rivers from Sydney 18 years ago, Sarah had made few friends, as most of her time was devoted to her caring role. She told her Linker she wanted to get a job, and supplement her disability support pension, but did not feel she had the confidence or skills to get a job in open employment.
When Jane first came to Ability Links she had been up and down and drifting. She was experiencing some mental health problems and had recently been admitted to hospital on several occasions. After connecting with Ability Links, Jane and her Linker sat down together to discuss her goals and ambition. Jane expressed an interest in giving back to the community in some way, so together with her Linker, she began to flesh out her goals and steps needed to achieve them.