News & Stories

It takes a village to raise a child
19 February 2018 It takes a village to raise a child

No one plans to have a child with special needs, nor can you predict where the parenting journey will take you. This is certainly the case for Bev, the mother of Clare whose story we shared earlier th...

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Anticipation builds ahead of Challenge Swimming Carnival
19 February 2018 Anticipation builds ahead of Challenge Swimming Carnival

Preparations for the annual Challenge Swimming Carnival on March 1 are well under way.Members of Challenge along with family and friends, will take to the Gunnedah heated pool for a full day of compet...

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Practical preparation for life after school
5 February 2018 Practical preparation for life after school

Not everyone is suited to the academic pressure of high school and tertiary education. But just like their peers, those who prefer a more practical environment still need to plan for an independent li...

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Parry Logistics chipping in for BackTrack youth program
29 January 2018 Parry Logistics chipping in for BackTrack youth program

Parry Logistics have thrown their support behind Challenge Community Services upcoming BackTrack youth program. The program, based off the highly successful Armidale model, will launch in the ne...

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Clare’s story: finding her way to independence
16 January 2018 Clare’s story: finding her way to independence

Clare’s sparkle could light up any room.A strong-willed 19-year-old, Clare believes she has the world at her fingertips and the achievements she has made over the past two years are testament to tha...

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Youth program boasts 87 per cent success rate
15 January 2018 Youth program boasts 87 per cent success rate

The Tamworth community will benefit from it’s very own Backtrack Program later this year, and based on the success of the original Armidale model it will truly make a difference to youth in need....

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Budgets fund support to face life’s changes
8 January 2018 Budgets fund support to face life’s changes

Even when you have decided what to do with your life, situations can change in an instant.That’s what happened for Shaun. He had a fulfilling career, until one day at work he received an acquired br...

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Challenge to launch BackTrack program
5 January 2018 Challenge to launch BackTrack program

Tamworth is set to benefit from its own BackTrack program “to help youth at risk”, off the back of the new Container Deposit Scheme. Challenge Community Services are urging residents to contin...

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Jade Johnston's Queen of Country Music Profile
21 December 2017 Jade Johnston's Queen of Country Music Profile

Name: Jade Maree Johnston Age: 20 From: Tamworth  Who is you sponsor?  Challenge Disability Services.  Why did you enter the quest? To meet new people and to make new friends. What is the ...

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Eliza Simpson's Queen of Country Music Profile
21 December 2017 Eliza Simpson's Queen of Country Music Profile

Name: Eliza Jane Simpson Age: 21 Where are you from? I was born in Sydney and I have lived in Tamworth for 5 years. Who is your sponsor? Challenge Disability Services. Why did you enter the quest?...

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About Challenge Community Services

60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disabilities. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2 500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 600 staff, 85 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.

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