Ability Links program delivers results
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Leading normal lives: Wheelchair rugby, drumming, choir and henna hand-painting were some of the activities that allowed people with disability to feel part of the wider community on Thursday. Pictured is Nathan Pentecost with his linker Belinda Piggot and other linkers. Picture: Geoff JonesA PARTNERSHIP has formed links between people with disabilities and the community.
An event was held in Dawson Mall to raise awareness about Ability Links NSW, a program that began in July.
The program consists of “linkers” who support people with a disability and their families to live the life they want to become valued community members.
UnitingCare NSW/ACT has teamed up with Settlement Services International (SSI) to run Ability Links NSW across the Blacktown local government area.
SSI has five linkers based at the SydWest Multicultural Services in Blacktown with three more due to start in the coming weeks.
Most are bilingual.
“Hundreds of people have been assisted in some way through SSI Linkers since the program started,” SSI chief executive Violet Roumeliotis said.
“They work closely with people with a disability to support and help them participate in the community through sport, education and volunteering. We help them live the life they want with opportunities to add more value to their lives to make them more meaningful.”
The program has already had some success stories.
“We had a Indian woman with three disabled children who was isolated and depressed,” Mrs Roumeliotis said.
“After spending time with a linker, she has since joined a social group. She now feel like a new person and a better mother. We also helped a boy with cerebral palsy join a photography class.”
■Details: Belinda Piggott, 0455 099 806.
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