26 Jun 2017
The Sydney City Ability Links NSW team from St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, in partnership with the Rockdale team from Settlement Services International, organised an interactive Ability Links NSW presentation with ‘Fusion Culture Group’, a well-respected Chinese performing arts group based in Ultimo. The group is made up of around 100 community members, the majority of whom speak Mandarin as their dominant language.
21 Jun 2017
SCHOOLS across the Hunter and Central Coast are being urged to get their art on and explore the concept of “inclusion” by entering the inaugural “Smart Art Includes You” Challenge.
Students of registered schools will be asked to express ‘”What inclusion means to me” by way of a rap song, video, photo series or visual art to go in the draw to win up to $9000 in prizes.
19 Jun 2017
Making meaningful connections with people matters in ways most of us never stop to consider.
Ability Links NSW, which has been doing this work in the Hunter and Central Coast regions for the past four years.
The first of its kind in Australia, Ability Links NSW takes a whole-of-life approach to help people build their connections, increase their confidence and become active members of their community.
1 Jun 2017
Growing up, Wymarra has had a lot of challenges to deal with.
Due to illness, Wymarra was frequently in and out of hospital. To add to the challenges he faced, Wymarra was bullied at school and felt like he never fit in.
So when Wymarra and his mum moved towns, it was a chance at a fresh start.
Wymarra’s mum contacted Ability Links and told them that they were feeling socially isolated and wanted to find out a bit more about what activities they could get involved in.
29 May 2017
When Jason first came to Ability Links his passion for photography, film making and editing was clear.
Jason had previously participated in a couple of disability specific theatre/media projects in his local area and was wanting to have more experiences working in these areas.
However, after completing a Transition To Work Program, Jason found himself staying at home on his own most days and not being part of any local social activities.
25 May 2017
Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams made sure he didn't forget his chequebook in a visit to Lismore disability service providers on Tuesday.
Ability Links - a $44 million NSW Government initiative - is delivered by staff known as "linkers” who help people with disabilities, their carers and families to build on their strengths and skills in order to achieve their goals.
Read the full article in The Northern Star.
22 May 2017
Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams visited with Ability Links during his visit to Lismore.
Mr Williams said he was working diligently on showing how effective the program was and would do his best to continue the program past its funding end date of mid-2018.
"Every week we hear of another person with a disability who has become isolated, has connected with one of our linkers, which has enlightened them and brought them into a more inclusive society,” he said.
According to independent reports by Urbis, the program returns three dollars in economic and social benefits for every dollar invested by the government.
10 May 2017
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.
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