When Brian first made contact with Ability Links NSW via their Central Coast office in Gosford, he talked about his desire to build and deepen his social connections in the community.
Brian was feeling isolated and disconnected from his community, with no family nearby and no social connections to friends or neighbours, when he was introduced to Ability Links by a support coordinator at the Central Coast Disability Network.
He felt that his situation was heavily influenced by his impaired hearing, and he was becoming increasingly frustrated and depressed.
Brian met with a Linker and talked about his goals to meet new people – to make friends and social connections with people his own age and in the sorts of settings in which he could relax and be himself.
He and his Linker talked about the idea of joining a local social club, and some online social groups. With a little bit of research, they came up with a list of options including contact details for a few groups that Brian was interested in.
Together with his Linker, Brian met the coordinator of the Central Coast social ‘Meetup’ group, whom he found friendly and welcoming. He went to two different social events within a week of joining the group and really enjoyed himself.
Brian plans to stay in touch with the members, and is looking forward to the next event scheduled in January 2017.
Brian says his self-confidence has improved, and he feels more optimistic about the future, with a much more positive outlook on life as he enters the New Year. He is now looking forward to building on the new friendships he has begun through the Meetup groups.