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SSI recently celebrated two years of delivering the Ability Links NSW program with a ‘masquerade’ themed team building day that brought together SSI Linkers from regional areas with other Ability Links and SSI Corporate Services staff.

 SSI celebrates two years of Ability Links NSW program with masquerade
Creative masks were on display at the 'masquerade' themed celebration.

SSI used the celebration in Homebush on July 28 as an opportunity to acknowledge and reflect on the successes and achievements of the program for local communities.

"The strong individuals that make up SSI Ability Links are collectively a powerful and formidable team that is making a positive change in the community," Ability Links Program Manager Steve Gholab said.

SSI Ability Links reaches out to communities from 21 offices across 44 local government areas, a very large and diverse geographic and social footprint.

As noted by Executive Manager Families and Inclusion Stephen O’Neill the most crucial factor in delivering Ability Links is that SSI is genuinely including people with disability and community in meaningful conversations to inform and strengthen the program and the way it is delivered.

"Participant feedback is overwhelmingly positive and shows us that rich, meaningful outcomes and achievements are experienced by many," Mr O’Neill said.

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Some interesting statistics that were shared about SSI Ability Links include:

  • On average SSI supports over 500 people a month 
  • Since July 2014, SSI has provided 6,736 people with facilitated support
  • Two-thirds of participants are people with disability; the other third are their family members and carers
  • Since the program began in July 2014, SSI has made more than 30,000 community connections.

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Courtesy The Australian: Ethiopian refugee Adi Tefera, left, with volunteer chef Kate Spina at Four Brave WomenFour Brave Women is open for business!

Developed as a joint initiative between The Trading Circle, a division of the charity Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, and SSI, Four Brave Women is a café and community space where refugees have the opportunity to create a sustainable income for themselves using their culinary skills. It is a creative and inclusive space that celebrates different cultures through food and art.

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