Who we are:
Riverlink is a community based not-for-profit organisation that works closely with people who have a disability (Participants), Carers and their families.
Our person-centred services and activities are developed as we listen to Participants and Carers and plan a varied range of services that respond to their individual needs. Our activities offer a safe and supportive environment for people with disability to have fun and socialise, giving the family members an opportunity for time out from their caring role. We also help to connect Participants and their families with other available and relevant services and support.
Riverlink’s office staff, field staff and volunteers are passionate about their roles provide quality and professional support to meet the specific needs of Participants. Riverlink has access to a large pool of staff with a broad range of skills to match Participant’s needs, with cultural awareness and language skills an important element of the service to our diverse community.
How we started:
In 1987 Riverlink was born out of the needs of a group of parents of children with disabilities. In the beginning, these parents from Sydney’s Lower North Shore formed a support group and identified their needs for respite care and some meaningful and fun activities for their children. In the absence of a service to meet these needs, they decided to apply to the NSW State Government for funding to create the service that they wanted.
These families all lived in the suburbs bordered by the Lane Cove River and the Parramatta rivers. The rivers linked the community and so the group called their new service Riverlink.
Interest and membership in this newly formed service venture grew. To formalise this, Riverlink Interchange (Riverlink) became an incorporated association in 1988. Now the river link is metaphorical, and Riverlink services a much larger area which reaches from its origins on the Lower North Shore to the Cumberland Prospect area in the west of Sydney. With this growth in the reach of the service, Riverlink’s membership has also grown.
Riverlink has a board of management who volunteer their time and expertise. They have responsibility for the governance oversight of the organisation as the Management Committee. The committee is made up of carers, business people and community services professionals. A key role of the Management Committee is to guide Riverlink’s strategic direction.
Riverlink, looking to the future:
Riverlink is dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of Participants, Carers and their families through our evolving services and activities. We continue to build a strong, viable organisation that reflects Participant needs, Carer’s perspective and increases the scope and reach of our activities and enhances the independence of Participants.
Riverlink is constantly building on our knowledge base, listening to the feedback from Participants and Carers and identifying gaps in the community to improve and extend the support we offer.
Our innovations give real options and experiences for Participants that go beyond basic care. These include social groups to develop social skills, community access to increase awareness and confidence as well as life skills to promote appropriate behaviours and independence.