We love being on the road. Here, My Choice Matter's Brandon Bear reports on recent trips to spread the word at community events in Dubbo and Lismore. Is there an event in your town you would like to see us at?

Clare and Ann

One of the best parts of working for Council for Intellectual Disability’s (CID) My Choice Matters project is getting to visit places across NSW to run workshops. But more importantly, it’s a chance to meet with community members and services who are all trying to achieve a good life for people with a disability.

In October I was lucky enough to head to two amazing events in Dubbo and Lismore. A few short plane trips, a lot of sausage sizzles and some very happy faces later, I am back in the Sydney office with some stories to tell.

 

Building kinnections in Dubbo
I started off by attending the Building Kinnections Disability League Tag tournament in Dubbo. This great event has been running for a few years now. In 2017 it saw more than 25 teams hit Caltex Park in Dubbo for a full day of disability inclusive tag footy.

My Choice Matters came armed with stickers and oranges. We were delighted to get to speak to pretty much every service provider in the Dubbo region. We made a lot of new friends, and even had some informal ‘hands on’ sessions in our tent away from the hot sun to help people learn about how to have a good life and get the most out of the NDIS.

Aside from the match, and the chance to make some great connections, we also got to experience some local culture, including a welcome corroborree with traditional Wiradjuri song and dance, and a visit to the Aladdin Bottle House, one of Dubbo’s more obscure tourist destinations (see the picture above of my colleagues Clare and Ann).

 

Spreading the word in the Northern Rivers
I then travelled to Lismore for the North Coast National annual agricultural show.

We had a few friends up there who came over to chat about all kinds of issues from choosing a service provider to setting up new peer networks in the Northern Rivers.

One of our team, Simeon, was pounding the pavement letting people know about CID’s Don’t Silence Us campaign, and opening people’s eyes to the importance of disability advocacy and the funding cuts to advocacy planned by the NSW Government.

Of course, we all got to enjoy the joys of a country show, including baby goats, snake shows and the very competitive Arrowroot biscuit decorating contest. The weather wasn’t too friendly up there. We had a scorcher of a day followed by a miserable washout with some heavy rain, but it’s always good to go and talk to some new people about what we do.

We love being on the road. If you have an event in your town that you think we should attend, or you just want to chat more about how we can help you get a good life wherever you are in NSW, get in touch by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Until then, we will keep jumping on board tiny planes, crossing long deserts, and stocking up on sausages and white bread in towns near you!

Links
Don’t silence us campaign to save CID’s important advocacy work
See where we’ll be holding workshops over the next couple of months

 

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Published 30 October 2017

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