Staff from the Broken Hill Ability Links NSW office were in Cobar on Thursday and plan to make regular visits to work with local service providers and schools.
Ability Linkers work closely with people with additional needs, their families and carers to support them to fulfil their goals, hopes and dreams. Staff from the Broken Hill area also outreach to Tibooburra, Wilcannia, Wentworth and now Cobar.
Linkers Tyrone Bugmy and Phil Kickett, who will be visiting Cobar fortnightly, were in town last week to introduce themselves.
“We want to put it out to the community who we are and what we do.
“In Cobar there may not be the support they need and we can look into getting support out here for them,” Mr Bugmy said.
Mr Kickett said they find a lot of people with disabilities tend to put up barriers.
“So we come into play and help them, whether it’s on the sporting field or any type of activity in the community, we help them and support them and their families,” he said.
Mr Bugmy said they help people who don’t have access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), people who might fall through the cracks and who don’t have access to any funding at all.
“That’s where we come in and help. We work with people with disability, aged 0–64, and we advocate for people with disabilities.”
Mr Kickett said their service was not just indigenous specific. Ability Links NSW is an initiative of the NSW Government and supports people with additional needs, their families and carers to live the life they want, as valued and equal members of their community.