13.6 C
Byron Shire
April 19, 2021

Flash mob launches Ability Links

Latest News

Head-on crash car traveling in wrong direction

Police say that two men are in hospital after an accident on the M1 overnight, when emergency services responded to reports of a crash involving two cars near Clothiers Creek

Other News

Poetic plea from Gaza

Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre – Byron Bay This heart cry from Gaza, written by Gazan poet and...

Byron and Ballina secure funds from Coastal and Estuary Grants

A coastal hazard assessment study and a coastal management program will be funded as the NSW Government announces over $100,000 for Byron and Ballina Shire Councils under the 2020-21 Coastal and Estuary Grants Program.

$1500 council fee rebates for farmers

NSW Farmers commends the NSW Government on its delivery of a rebate scheme for NSW and local government fees and charges, following its $500 million commitment in the State Budget last year.

Red Cross offers additional bushfire grants

Australian Red Cross is opening a final round of support grants for people affected by the bushfires who are suffering extreme financial hardship.

Tweed council adopts Jack Evans Boat Harbour plan

The Tweed Shire Council has announced that they have adopted the Plan of Management for the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct.

A man dead after boat capsizes on Ballina Bar

Police have confirmed that a man has died after a boat capsized at Ballina earlier today.

After a rousing performance to a packed house of 250 people on Monday, the Ability Links Flash Mob is preparing to take their jubilant dance show to Twin Towns and Centro Shopping Centre in Tweed Heads today.

Ability Links launch in Kyogle on Thursday. Photo Tree Faerie.
Ability Links launch in Kyogle on Thursday. Photo Tree Faerie.

Ability Links is a free service available to anyone aged from 9 to 64 with any kind of disability, regardless of whether they have a formal diagnosis, receive funding or other help and support. The program is being delivered across the Far North Coast by the Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC).

Inspiring and joyful, the Ability Links flash mob is made up of Ability Links participants.

‘This dance celebrates what we are hoping to do with the Ability Links program’, says Tweed Heads Linker, Mina Hunt. ‘To encourage people not to let life and circumstances get you down, but to find things to be happy about.’

A short film clip was released yesterday to celebrate the launch of the  Ability Links program featuring the Flash Mob performers in action.

Ability Links launch in Casino on Wednesday. Photo Tree Faerie.
Ability Links launch in Casino on Wednesday. Photo Tree Faerie.

An initiative of the NSW Government the program supports people aged 9 to 64 years to achieve their goals and connect to their local communities.

‘Ability Links enables people with disability to access all of the same community resources and opportunities that people without disabilities access every day’, said Tony Davies, CEO of Northern Rivers Social Development Council.

Coordinators, known as ‘Linkers’ assist people with disability to make connections and achieve their goals so they can live the lives they want to live as part of their local communities. Linkers also support the broader community to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible to community members with disability.

Ability Links is a broad ranging program which can assist in helping participants find employment, to helping them to achieve their dreams whether that be sky diving, singing or surfing.

Ability Links launch with Clunky the Clown in Kyogle on Thursday. Photo Tree Faerie.
Ability Links launch with Clunky the Clown in Kyogle on Thursday. Photo Tree Faerie.

‘You don’t need to tell us what your disability is, you just need to contact us and let us know what it is you want support with’,  says Tweed Linker Wendy Gillbett. ‘This program is all about inclusion and everybody being involved. We will walk with you and beside you to help you obtain whatever outcome it is you want to achieve.’

Ability Links is being delivered all over the Northern Rivers with local launches in Kyogle yesterday, and previously in Casino, Tweed Heads, Ballina, Byron Bay, Grafton and Lismore.

To contact Ability Links call 1300 792 940 to find your local Linker or go to www.fncabilitylinks.org.au.

The Ability Links Flash Mob performances will be held today in Tweed Heads and everyone is welcome.

  • 4.30pm – Tweed Centro
  • 5.30pm – Twin Towns

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Housing crisis and Council

Avital Sheffer, Mullumbimby Population growth in this Shire is inevitable like it or not. Those who are being pushed out by the unfolding housing tragedy are...

Flawed plan

Kai Beijerbacht, Mullumbimby For those of you who haven’t been living under a rock, I’m sure you are aware of the ever-increasing housing shortage crisis in...

Affordable myth

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads There is a ‘myth of affordable housing’ in Byron Shire. Well may councillors lament the lack of ‘affordable housing’ in Byron Shire but...

Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon by my own choice. Working with...