Hooked on social inclusion

Jaydyn and Jacob, two young boys doing a lot for social inclusion. They smile at the camera and hold up their fishing gear.

Hooked on social inclusion

It’s Social Inclusion week – a national celebration that aims to take deliberate steps to include people who are marginalised and isolated, culminating on the International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD) this Sunday 3 December 2017.

For the clients, staff and volunteers who make up the Uniting family, the vision of Social Inclusion Week is simply a representation of the way we live out our purpose to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice. We’ll be using it as an excuse to celebrate our disability clients and support workers who work together under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) through Ability Links, as well as our Uniting disability supports and services.

Today we’re excited to introduce you to Jaydyn and Jacob – our young IDPWD heroes from Wollongong. Jaydyn and Jacob have always wanted to share their passion for fishing with their local community. Keen to make their vision a reality, the two brothers aged 13 and 12 who both live with Autism, took it upon themselves to start a community fishing day.

“I like nature and to be around the water,” said Jaydyn. “We have a home movie from I was a toddler and I got a tackle box and fishing rod for Christmas, so my love of fishing must have started there.”

“Fishing is a great sport and it teaches patience. I taught my little brother to fish and I have seen how much he likes it, so I want to share that with other people. I want to teach people in the community to follow their hearts and do what they love no matter their shape or size. One leg two legs – anyone can fish!”

Jacob agrees. “I want everyone to be part of something in their community for International Day of People with Disability. I want everyone to have fun, have a go and make new friends.”

When Jaydyn and Jacob approached Uniting Ability Links about their idea, well, we were hooked and we are delighted to be supporting the day with funding to cover the costs of bait and equipment. The event will be held in Wollongong this Sunday 3 December 8am-11.30am at Wollongong Harbour and is open to locals for a great morning of fishing.

We want to hear about how you’re planning to celebrate International Day of People with Disability. Tell us in the comments section below and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #IDPWD.

Ability Links NSW supports people with disability, their families and carers to live the life they want, as valued members of their community. Our team of Uniting Linkers can work closely with you to support you to fulfill your goals, hopes and dreams like Jaydn and Jacob. Find out more about Ability Links at Uniting.

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