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Art the bedrock for Narelle to rebuild

23 Oct 2018

Narelle working on her artAfter 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 spent her time fostering her love of art and craft, but she felt isolated and disengaged from the outside world. After reaching out for assistance, Narelle was referred to Ability Links to access supports and engage with her community.

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World Hearing Day

5 Mar 2018

To mark World Hearing Day this year, Ability Links Hunter Central Coast and partners have launched ‘Listening In’, a communities-based research effort to improve opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  It starts with an online questionnaire and ends with a call to action – to help find more about what hearing assistance and supports are working, and what’s not. 

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Cinema Captioning

1 Mar 2018

Vinnies Ability Links Cinema Captioning project started in early 2017 with Sutherland Linker Mark Burgess approaching the GU Film House Cronulla with the aim of securing an open captioned movie every fortnight. The primary target audience was the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities. 

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With Grace

1 Feb 2018

Grace came in contact with Vinnies Ability Links after a recommendation from her husband’s doctors.

Grace’s husband has had a stroke and is now unable to work or drive. He does not speak much English and relies on Grace for all of his communications with doctors, physios and so on. 

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Taking the Anime Lead

18 Dec 2017

When Will first met his Ability Links Linker, he had been going through a tough time with severe anxiety and depression. Will was struggling to build friendships and wanted to be linked to a group where he could share his passion for anime and video games.

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A Turning Point for Linda

17 Dec 2017

Linda is a 61 year old woman with disability, and a carer for her daughter. Linda identifies as a proud Koori woman, and before she rang Ability Links, had never used a service for help.

Linda stated that, ‘I felt that my life was overwhelming and that I was drowning with no lifeline.’

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The joy of learning new things

17 Dec 2017

Julie originally wished to be linked with a variety of activities so that she would have more opportunities to be active in the community.  Julie’s physical disability posed a challenge to being able to have regular involvement in anything other than medical appointments.

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Maitland Park Bowling Club

12 Dec 2017

Living in the communities they serve often means that Linkers are ideally-placed to help those communities identify barriers to access and inclusion, and facilitate capacity building in those areas.

In Maitland, for instance, a Linker who was on maternity leave had trouble accessing the local bowling club with a pram. That is how a conversation started between the Maitland Ability Links team and the Maitland Park Bowling Club and Sporting Complex.

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Overcoming Setbacks

30 Nov 2017

Overcoming Setbacks - Another great story about how our Linkers can help people to overcome challenges.

Natasha is a 35-year-old woman who has long struggled with her mental health. Due to her anxiety and depression, she found herself becoming increasingly socially isolated over time.

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Mary meets the NSW Premier!

30 Nov 2017

Griffith poet Mary Catanzariti has been able to achieve one of her lifelong goals with the assistance of Intereach Ability Links.

Mary Catanzariti, who launched her first book ‘Mary’s Voice in Poetry’ in September, met with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Thursday 30 November and presented her with a copy of her work.

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