27 Feb 2019
Barkuma Neighbourhood Centre is a very special place for Indigenous communities stretching across the Hunter Valley, Central Coast and Upper Hunter. The goal of Barkuma is to give Aboriginal people a place to come together and discuss their̲ needs. We were introduced to an amazing local artist Glenn and his story is a powerful one about transformation and empowerment.
11 Feb 2019
THIS is why beach accessibility is such an important issue.
It was a special moment for 78-year-old Maggie Moulder recently at Toowoon Bay Beach on the Central Coast who enjoyed her first ocean swim in 12 years!!
She cut the tags off a new pair of swimmers that morning, swimmers that had been sitting in the cupboard for 3 years.
20 Jan 2019
We took a drive up to Gunnedah last week to visit our Linker team at Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre Gunnedah (winah-nah-lee) who are doing some great work in their community to empower and transform the lives of Aboriginal people, young and old.
It was a hot one when we arrived in Gunnedah, seriously HOT, yet the positive energy being generated by Winanga-Li was clear.
17 Dec 2018
Driving along the dusty highway leading into the NSW Outback towns of Nyngan, Coolabah and finally Brewarrina you can’t help but feel jolted by the dryness of the land. Emus kick up dust as they scurry across parched paddocks to reach a field full of tasty wheat, and wedge tailed eagles fill bright blue roadside skies searching for a meal courtesy of the passing trucks and utes. This is tough country at the best of times, full of resilient people, but the impact of the drought is clearly being felt by all the residents of this uniquely Australian landscape.
17 Dec 2018
We took a drive up to the picturesque Upper Hunter Valley town of Denman recently to have a squiz at a wonderful initiative being led by Linker Samantha Clydsdale as part of the SmartArt2 project highlighting inclusion and diversity.
Working in partnership with the school they came up with the concept of creating an ‘Inclusion Tree’ mural where students and teachers could in an artistic interpretation communicate what inclusion means to them.
17 Dec 2018
Everyone loves a coastal road trip on a sunny spring day, particularly when it involves having a yarn with a group of proud Aboriginal women in Port Macquarie to discuss how Ability Links is helping transform their lives.
We first met up with Booroongen Djugun Ability Linker Josie, who’s been partnering with health services to roll out some empowering initiatives for local Aboriginal women focusing on creating positive health outcomes – ‘Closing the Gap’ in action.
23 Oct 2018
After 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.
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.
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.
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.