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Linking in action: Gaining pre-employment skills - James' story

11 Dec 2019

James and his co-workers at BunningsDenise, James' mum first contacted Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation's Ability Links NSW program looking for support in assessing the NDIS for children James and Jessica, James' sister.

Linker Renai worked alongside Denise through each step of the process and finally James and Jessica received their NDIS plans.

Read James' story here

Linker Profile: Bernie Tierney - Making a difference in the Central West

11 Dec 2019

A yarn with Bernie Tierney is full of many wonderful moments – always interesting, educational and often hilarious.

With his infectious laugh and smile it’s no surprise Bernie’s work as a Linker with the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council is so effective and changing lives in rural towns across the vast Central West. From West Wyalong to Forbes, Condoblin to Orange, Bernie has a passion to support as many people as he can in their journey to live the life they want to lead.  

Read Bernie's Linker Profile here

Linking In Action: An Open Captioned night with Captain Marvel for International Women's Day!

13 May 2019

Ability Links NSW recently collaborated with Palace Cinemas at their Norton St Cinema to host an Open Captioned screening of the blockbuster Captain Marvel.

As it has been with all of our Open Captioned screenings the night was hugely successful and embraced passionately by the deaf, hard of hearing community and their friends.

Click here to see the full story.


Linking in action: The power of art – Glenn’s story

27 Feb 2019

Glenn and Ability Links linker Tshinta in front of one of Glenn's pieces 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. 

Read more about Glenn’s story

Beaches For Everyone - Toowoon Bay Open Day

11 Feb 2019

Maggie getting into the water at the beach

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.

Watch the video to see the joy this simple pleasure has brought this fantastic woman.

Linking in action: Kason's story

20 Jan 2019

Yaama everyone.

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.

Read more of Kason's story

Linking in action: Reba and Retta in Brewarrina

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.

Read more of Reba and Retta's story

Linking in action: The Inclusion Tree mural

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.

Read more about the Inclusion Tree mural

Linking in action: Women's business in Booroongen Djugun

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.

Read more about women's business in Booroongen Djugun

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.

Read more about Narelle's story

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