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Team Up grant projects creating change in their communities

09 July 2018

Congratulations and well done to all our Team Up peer groups for completing their grant projects. The groups involved are prime examples of the power of peer support in NSW, with their dedication to making an impact in the lives of their peers and in the wider community. Read about our grants projects below.

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Team Up in the news!

29 June 2018

Team Up grantees have been making headlines in papers across NSW with their exciting grants projects. Congratulations to all groups on the great work they have been doing. If you see any Team Up groups covered in the media, please let us know.

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Aman and woman with disability playing drums at Articulate festival

Watch all the action from Articulate Festival

28 June 2018

Team Up grantees, Creatives Collective from Coonabarabran, held their own arts and culture festival in the town recently. Articulate Festival was a celebration of inclusion, and saw diverse artists, dancers, musicians and more entertain the crowds. It was the first of its kind in the area and received a very positive response from the community. Festival organiser, Allison Reynolds said after the event that people with disability are often underestimated.

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Young children learning MInecraft

Autistic kids feeling safe, accepted and free to dive into their shared passion

27 June 2018

For four months, my autistic daughter, a pre-teen who prefers to sleep in on most days, has bounded out of bed on Sunday mornings, eager to catch the train into the city. During this time, she has been part of a wonderful pilot program, generously supported by a grant from Team Up. For the first portion of the program, my daughter and five of her autistic peers, all Minecraft enthusiasts, received coaching and support from gaming specialists at Microsoft in order to enhance their own capabilities.

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Deafblind peers rolling up their sleeves and getting things done

25 June 2018

“We get out there, roll up our sleeves and try new things… it’s great to be able say we’ve done that, we’ve swam with sharks and rays, we’ve been indoor rock climbing.” Jex Truran-Lakaev is the man behind the Hunter Deafblind Peers, which is the first and only group of its kind in the area. He uses Auslan visual frame* and tactile* finger spelling to communicate.

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The building blocks for the peer movement

22 June 2018

A group of Team Up peer workers came together in Newcastle recently to talk about their experience of facilitating Team Up peer support training and how they can continue to build a peer movement. The peer workers have been facilitating Team Up peer support training over the last  six months. They were asked to write down on a wooden block what they think they bring to their peer training sessions.

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This is my world video is here!

18 June 2018

The red carpet was rolled out for This Is My World rappers at the launch of their music video in Newcastle on Thursday night. A large crowd turned out to support their local rap stars and they were even treated to some live performances on the night. Seven members of the Speak Up Hunter peer support group are featured on the track which talks about their rights and what they enjoy in their lives.

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woman and two children sitting on bench

“I am my autistic children’s peer as well as their Mum”

12 June 2018

For the past number of months, I have been part of the Reframing Autism peer group, which brings the neurodiversity movement to non-autistic parents of autistic children. It’s been a unique experience, through which I’ve explored my relationship with my own children, and I’ve met amazing autistic advocates who want to share the joy of parenting autistic children with non-autistic parents.

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CCA member Wendy holding up technology book

Technology for everyone

07 June 2018

Community Connections Australia (CCA) Parramatta hub is a peer group of people with intellectual disability that have a shared interest in technology. The group was set up four years ago as learning hub and now has 12-15 members who attend meetings regularly. Earlier this year the group embarked on a project to tell their story about how they use technology for communication. They have produced a book with the input of all group members and are in the process of making a film.

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