After two successful years of celebrating people of all abilities, the Pathfinders Ability Links Festival of Abilities is back for 2017. With more than 1000 people attending and participating in many activities, sports, games and displays last year, 2017 will be bigger, better and tastier than ever with this year’s newest addition of food stalls.
The aim of the festival is to showcase the wide variety of opportunities that are available in Tamworth and surrounding areas for all ages and abilities, allowing people to build social connections around common interests.
Brett Pischke, Pathfinders Ability Links New England North West (NENW) Program Coordinator, said the festival is a great way for Ability Links to help showcase the businesses and services available for people to access within the NENW.
“The Festival of Abilities has grown so much and continues to be better from year to year,” Brett said.
“The new location for the Festival this year will make it more accessible for all people to attend.”
The Tamworth council, local community and surrounding areas have already shown enthusiastic support for the Festival this year, with more than 35 local businesses and organisations registering to host a stall at the event.
Many sporting, social and community groups will participate during the day with activities including sporting groups, live music and performing arts, dancers, taekwondo demonstrations, special interest group demonstrations and lots of arts and crafts!
The Festival was born from the work Ability Links does with its participants. Pathfinders Ability Links program is located in the New England and North West of NSW. Linkers work closely with people with disability, their families and carers to be supported to fulfil their goals, hopes and dreams. Whether their goal is to participate in sport, education, work, volunteering, or other activities, they remain at the centre of decision making about how they want to lead their life. Linkers have strong local knowledge and work alongside communities, supporting them to be welcoming and inclusive.
The Festival of Abilities will be held at Tamworth Bicentennial Park, 26th of August from 10am to 2pm. Attendance is open to everyone, and entry is free.
For further information Ability Links Program Coordinator, Brett Pischke, and Tamworth Ability Links Linker, Rebecca Browning, are available for comment or interviews.
Pathfinders is a leading not for profit supporting disadvantaged children and families in the New England, North West and Mid North Coast regions. Every week we provide hundreds of families with the help they need to get back on their feet.
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