Intereach launch sees new partner in community

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INTEREACH OPENING… From left, Intereach board chairperson, Pat Fogarty cuts the cake with NDIS participant Nadia Chowanetz at the official opening of the Shepparton office. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

A COMMUNITY-focused service-based organisation, Intereach, has officially opened its Shepparton doors in a launch event held last Wednesday, June 11.

The opening marks that of the service’s 15th office, with many other locations spread throughout northern Victoria and southern New South Wales.

With service accessibility provisions, provided by the NDIS, Intereach are now funded to provide Local Area Co-ordination, Early Childhood Early Intervention, Community Engagement and Capacity Development as a National Disability Insurance Scheme ‘partner in the community’.

Intereach staff are helping individuals and families plan and implement their NDIS access, working with participants, community members, community groups and service providers to deliver assistance with the rollout of the NDIS.

Local MP Damian Drum, spoke briefly of the benefits of the NDIS at the launch, saying, “This will be the greatest reform in this sector that the nation has ever seen.”

Reiterating the value of Intereach and the work the organisation does, Mr Drum added, “More people in our community will now have the support they need to be the very best person they can be.”

Intereach executive director, Donna Casey stated, “It’s very exciting for the local community to now be able to have this kind of access to the NDIS. It enables people to have more choice and control over how they live their lives and seeks to build a more inclusive community for people living with a disability.”

One of the key benefits highlighted of the Goulburn Valley being one of the last regions to roll out the NDIS, is that Intereach has now been working in the NDIS space for over two years and the organisation’s acquired knowledge will undeniably benefit the Goulburn Valley community.

Having a disability need no longer be an obstacle to accessing everything in the community that those without a disability can, it shouldn’t stop people from pursuing their goals and Intereach say they are firmly committed to bridging any gaps to achieve that outcome.