20 Apr 2017
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, was able to set up a meeting and assist with the paperwork 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.
Next thing you know, Brad had been offered a job.
17 Apr 2017
Maitland is about to host a netball tournament unlike any other.
The All Abilities Netball Competition, which will kick off on May 6, is open to all local people aged 5 to 16 living with a disability.
Though people outside the age bracket who wish to take part are also encouraged to contact organisers.
The competition is the result of a partnership between Ability Links NSW, disability service provider Endeavour and Maitland Netball Association.
All Abilities Netball competition starts in Maitland for people with disability
10 Apr 2017
10 Apr 2017
This video is about a young man connecting to what he loves.
Declan is introduced to MMAD (Musicians Makin a Difference) and connected into a group called “Break Free” which runs on a Friday afternoon. Here, young people can go to “hang out” and have a jam on the instruments or get involved in any other activity that is going on.
To read the full story about Declan, click here.
5 Apr 2017
Ability Links Maitland NSW developed a space that can be deployed at events, and indeed any public location, to give people a safe space in which to rest and regain their composure.
This space also offers attendees to access other tools such as connecting to a hearing loop, wheel-chair use and sensory devices.
This support is available free of charge to attendees, but items may vary from event to event.
4 Apr 2017
The Hon. Ray Williams, Minister for Disability Services and Minister for Multiculturalism, visited the Ability Links offices in Gosford on April 3, 2017.
3 Apr 2017
Calvary Retirement Community hosted a Seniors Week Open Day and Markets in Cessnock on the 11th March 2017 which involved tours of the site and stalls run by the local community and service providers. Ability Links got involved in helping promote the event was accessible and inclusive.
29 Mar 2017
Carol Hutton first engaged with Ability Links to find some social activities.
With her husband at work all week, Carol found herself feeling isolated, particularly since her battle with throat cancer. Together with her Linker, Claire, she started to explore suitable options in the community, but then became quite ill and ended up in the hospital.
When Carol was discharged from hospital she was told by medical staff that she needed to go home and rest, and she would need a carer to help her manage.
27 Mar 2017
Sometimes, the nature of a person’s challenges means that Linkers need to take more time than usual to develop a rapport with somebody and earn their trust before that person can effectively engage.
That was the case for a Cessnock Linker who received a referral from a service provider for a lady suffering from anxiety and social isolation. The initial visit, which Linkers usually aim to make within a few days of receiving a referral, took some time to organise.
11 Mar 2017
During a recent workshop Craig, 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.
Craig told the story of Martha’s Vineyard in America, where everyone on the island was taught to sign from birth.
The Linker suggested to Craig that if he was willing to teach others, there may be some in the community who would like to take the opportunity to learn.
Craig and his Linker decided to run sessions at the local Library with 37 people attending the first session.