What is Ability Links NSW?
Ability Links NSW is a way of connecting people with disability, their families and carers in the community.
Linkers work closely with people with disability, their families and carers to support them to fulfil their goals, hopes and dreams. Providers are the organisations that offer services to people with disability and the community. Linkers work for these Providers.
There are a range of Providers around the state, you can use this website to help you find a Provider or Linker in your area.
Who can use Ability Links?
Ability Links NSW is for:
- people with disability aged 0 to 64 years
- carers and families of people with disability.
Individual, clubs, groups and businesses can also access Ability Links NSW for information and support on inclusion of people with disability. There is no formal assessment process or referral that you need to meet in order to use Ability Links NSW.
A successful approach to building inclusive communities revealed
According to Urbis Director of Economic and Social Advisory Alison Wallace, who was responsible for the three-year evaluation of Ability Links, “The program model is a winner... In 25 years of evaluating government initiatives, I have rarely come across a program that has achieved so much in such a short space of time."
The program has been particularly successful in Aboriginal communities – more than a quarter of the people accessing Ability Links are Indigenous – a major achievement.
According to Urbis Chief Economist Nicki Hutley, the findings of the cost-benefit analysis and social return of investment is ground-breaking work.
Click here to learn more about the Urbis reports. Or click on the report images to download them each.
Ability Links NSW – This is what Linkers do
Ability Links NSW now has a video showcasing what Linkers do, and just a few of the awesome outcomes they achieve for people they support in local communities!
18 Oct 2017
Alexander’s long term goal is to help others; however, first, as he says, he needs to help himself. One of Alexander’s primary motivations is telling stories; and he does so with aplomb.
When St Vincent de Paul Society NSW’s Ability Links City team made a callout for participants for an RU OK Day Event, Alexander was asked if he’d like to be interviewed on stage about his life experiences with mental illness. He jumped at the chance.
Alexander was nervous the entire day before the event, but he described the nervous energy as electric rather than terrifying. After, Alexander gushed about how it made him feel like he was truly contributing to helping others in some small capacity, and he found the experience therapeutic for himself as well.
Since working with Ability Links, Alexander has started sharing his beach photography, and, through his new love of baking, has revitalized his friendship with his neighbour by sharing his freshly baked cupcakes.
These changes may seem incremental on the surface; however, coupled with his newfound desire to be a mental health advocate and share his story far and wide they’ve had a profound impact on Alexander’s sense of community, and his sense of self.
18 Oct 2017
St Vincent de Paul Society NSW’s Ability Links has successfully launched ‘Creative Space’, an exciting new art program in the Southern Highlands. It’s a space where people can learn new skills and art forms, access TAFENSW training, and build friendships in an informal studio space that is inclusive and accessible. Launched last month, the program has already attracted a range of people who are producing fabulous art and ‘want to be known as Creative Makers’.
A fantastic new partnership with TAFENSW has been established and there is a lot of excitement around the free ‘Pathways to Education through the Arts’ course which will start in October, run by a Koori TAFE teacher. We are also excited to be able to offer free accredited TAFENSW Creative Enterprise and Community Arts Cultural development courses which are open to the whole community from February 2018, all establishing the Creative Space as a new arts education hub in the South Western region.