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, allowing us to 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 and 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.
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 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 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 and the Hills District. 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 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.
A society that values and includes people with a disability and Carers to live fulfilling lives.
Supporting people with a disability and their Carers by providing a choice of relevant services that enable participation and inclusion in society.
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I enjoy working for Riverlink because it is an organisation with wonderful culture that provides people living with a disability a real sense of inclusion and choice. Riverlink are constantly evolving and improving to give carers and participants the best service they can and as such are a great source of knowledge on the NDIS.
Staff are always supportive, committed and respect my son as an individual. They display personal knowledge of my son and are patient and supportive in their interactions with both him and the family.
The camp gave me the opportunity to spend some quality, stress free and relaxing time with my husband. It also gave my son the opportunity to spend time with his peers doing activities he enjoys and developing his social skills.
Our son always arrives home happy from Riverlink day activities and is willing to tell us what he has done. I feel the camps are an important part of my son’s development and independence. We are grateful we have them.
Michelle thoroughly enjoyed her Kurrajong camp while my partner and I were able to relax and enjoy our weekend knowing she was well cared for. Often one of us needs to stay home for Michelle, so for both of us to get away together we are grateful.