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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.
"In the World Alone" is the title Aunty May selected for the digital story she made for the project that Ability Links ran with ABC Open, culminating in a public viewing of everyone's stories in November 2016. In the process of sharing her story, Aunty May attended a series of workshops on writing, illustrating, recording and editing a digital story that was designed and put on by ABC Open for all of the participants in the project.
During a recent workshop Chris, a Deaf participant, indicated that it was his dream to be able to have more people in his community communicate with him in his language. Chris told the story of Martha's Vineyard in America, where everyone on the island was taught to sign from birth.
Having been blind since birth, Suzie has needed to rely on those around her to support her in her day to day activities; especially her niece. So when her niece needed to take time out to care for her own growing family, Ability Links was able to step in and link Suzie to the services she needed.