Image of Waste No More: transforming junk into treasure
15 November 2019 - Disability Services

Waste No More: transforming junk into treasure

We’ve all heard the old saying, ‘One man’s junk is another man’s treasure’. Tamworth residents will soon be able to play a vital role in reducing our region's waste, as a new program that tu... Read more

Image of Challenge Muswellbrook helping Matt and Jack to secure career paths
28 October 2019 - Disability Services

Challenge Muswellbrook helping Matt and Jack to secure career paths

Two Denman men have overcome difficulties to gain both social and trade skills, which will help them lead largely independent lives. Matthew Richards and Jack Nebauer are working with Challenge Comm... Read more

Image of Tamworth Changing Places: Push for facility in Tamworth
15 July 2019 - Disability Services

Tamworth Changing Places: Push for facility in Tamworth

A project that would give some dignity back to the disabled and their carers needs your vote. Local community groups and advocates have been working towards a Changing Places facility in Tamworth... Read more

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1 July 2019 - Disability Services

Challenge team at Trangie proud to help design jerseys

It was a big day down at Alan Burns Oval on July 15 as the Trangie Magpies hosted their Indigenous round, old boys, ladies and sponsors day. The jerseys worn during the match as the Magpies took on ... Read more

Image of Challenge Community Services and council agree to terms for buyback centre and youth training facility
18 June 2019 - Disability Services

Challenge Community Services and council agree to terms for buyback centre and youth training facility

A Tamworth based youth program to keep young males out of prison has been given the green light by council, and could be operating within two months.The program, which is yet to be officially named, i... Read more

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31 May 2019 - Disability Services

Sensory rooms are changing the landscape for people with disability

A place of quiet, comfort and unique sensory experiences has been created at the Challenge Disability Services Site on Greg Norman Drive in Tamworth, NSW.Warwick Bennet, a former mayor of Tamworth him... Read more

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1 May 2019 - Disability Services

Entrepreneurs with intellectual disabilities pitch their startup

Annette Kearney, 29, is working hard to turn her passion into a business. "I've been doing it for a long time now," she said. "I just like to be able to show people that someone with a disability... Read more

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29 April 2019 - Disability Services

Helping people learn life skills

Getting his "Ls" and securing a job were Bayden Parker's top NDIS goals and he has already smashed them. Greater independence and being able to get around without having to rely on others gave Bayden ... Read more

Image of Challenge Disability Services in Trangie host fun day for Autism Awareness month
29 April 2019 - Disability Services

Challenge Disability Services in Trangie host fun day for Autism Awareness month

April marks Autism Awareness month, where diversity is celebrated and inclusion is embraced.  On Wednesday, April 10 the team from Challenge Disability Services in Trangie held a community fun day ... Read more

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3 April 2019 - Disability Services

Kenny finds his focus through art

A connection to country and deep love of Australian wildlife are recurring themes in Kenny Thurbon’s paintings. From Trangie in north-west NSW, Kenny works at his paintings for many hours each week ... Read more

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27 February 2019 - Disability Services

Changing lives for the better

Working at Challenge Recycling, Narrabri has been a positively life-changing experience for Marie Hatch.The expression ‘life-changing’ is often overused but Ms Hatch’s job really has changed her... Read more

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21 February 2019 - Foster Care

A sense of fulfilment money can’t buy

When Ella arrived at her foster home, she was stressed, pushed boundaries and frequently acted out. No wonder really - her parents were separated and struggling with alcohol issues. Ella’s carer, M... Read more

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14 August 2017 - Disability Services

Challenge to help everyone feel included

We all have dreams - whether it’s to land a good job, live independently or be part of a secure, loving family, we all want to belong and Challenge Community Services can help.Challenge provides a r... Read more

Image of Fete to fund Disneyland trip for Challenge Foster Care children
17 July 2017 - Disability Services

Fete to fund Disneyland trip for Challenge Foster Care children

A MINI fete will be held in Tamworth this week in a bid to give local foster children the chance to live their Disney dream.Connexions, an arm of Challenge Community Services, will host a mini fete on... Read more

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14 July 2017 - Disability Services

Services anticipate long-term change following NDIS launch

Disability services providers in Orange are getting used to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which was rolled out on July 1.Among the changes is an anticipation that more workers will ... Read more

Image of Challenge welcomes NDIS boost
7 July 2017 - Disability Services

Challenge welcomes NDIS boost

After four years of pilot studies, trials, and the roll out process, the much-anticipated National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has finally been rolled out in Western NSW.As of July 1 the NDIS i... Read more

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18 May 2017 - Disability Services

Finding independence with the NDIS

A scheme that will guarantee all Australians with a permanent disability individually-tailored care and support, regardless of where they live or how they acquired their disability. Read more

Image of Emma and Nathan share foster caring experience
17 May 2017 - Foster Care

Emma and Nathan share foster caring experience

Just a year into being a foster carer, Emma, who lives on a farm near Narromine, said she couldn’t imagine her life any different. Western NSW needs ...  Read more

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11 May 2017 - Disability Services

New service provides connections for disabled

A new NDIS-inspired service is launching in Newcastle this month, which will allow young people living with disability to connect with each other and gain valuable skills.  Meet Matt. He is just li... Read more

Image of Swing to bring joy to Dubbo
27 April 2017 - Disability Services

Swing to bring joy to Dubbo

Tracy Hanna is no stranger to ensuring people living with a disability are not left out and her push to secure a liberty swing for Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden is no different.Ms Hanna is embarking o... Read more

Image of Hard work leads to new job for Nicole
19 April 2017 - Disability Services

Hard work leads to new job for Nicole

Nicole’s hard work has landed her a new role at HealthShare Linen Services at Tamworth Hospital laundry.Nicole, who has ADHD, has been with Challenge Disability Services Connexions program for eight... Read more

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8 April 2017 - Foster Care

Woolworths Tamworth supports Challenge foster children

A Tamworth business has given some of the city’s most vulnerable children a little hope this Easter season.Staff from Woolworths at Tamworth Shoppingworld presented staff from Challenge Foster Care ... Read more

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5 April 2017 - Disability Services

Annual game ensures fun times for all

Fun was the name of a special game at Gipps St Fields on Sunday.The venue hosted the third annual Soccer Cup Challenge, a clash played between Tamworth FC and a select side from Challenge Community Se... Read more

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31 March 2017 - Disability Services

Achieve your goals with Challenge

CHALLENGE COMMUNITY SERVICES are dedicated to helping people with a disability achieve their dreams and goals in everyday life settings. Challenge’s Disability Services programs are focused on outco... Read more

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30 March 2017 - Foster Care

Adoption laws 'good for region'

Changes to the NSW adoption system have been applauded by a Tamworth foster care provider, who says more incentives will be provided to ensure children live in happy homes.On Thursday, the state gover... Read more

Image of Sewing support for kids in need
30 March 2017 - Foster Care

Sewing support for kids in need

Foster children who stay with John and Verity Wolfenden not only a receive a safe place to live: they also learn a new skill.For over three years, John and Verity have welcomed foster children into th... Read more

Image of A new world of choice under NDIS
28 March 2017 - Disability Services

A new world of choice under NDIS

People living with disabilities in Dubbo will soon be in control of their own funding and empowered to achieve their life's goals, when the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) launches in the ... Read more

Image of Challenge: Providing local expertise on the NDIS
15 January 2017 - Therapeutic Services

Challenge: Providing local expertise on the NDIS

With almost 60 years of history, Challenge Community Services has extensive experience tailoring support packages to allow children and adults with disabilities to flourish, extending both their forma... Read more

Image of Fostering brings bundle of joy
12 January 2017 - Foster Care

Fostering brings bundle of joy

Of all the benefits fostering provides children and their foster families, Challenge Community Services’ foster carer Cindy says it is the joy a child brings to her whole family that matters the mos... Read more

Image of Independent living no challenge for Harley
11 January 2017 - Disability Services

Independent living no challenge for Harley

Parents hope their children will grow into happy and independent individuals. With Challenge Community Services, even those who are growing up with a disability can gain skills they need for their ind... Read more

Image of Challenge Community Services hosts art competition in Tamworth
21 November 2016 - Disability Services

Challenge Community Services hosts art competition in Tamworth

AN EXHIBITION will be held in Tamworth this month to promote diversity and inspiration.The artworks of people with a disability from across the state will be displayed at Tamworth’s Ray Walsh House... Read more

Image of 9D mobile cinema coming to Tamworth to raise funds for Challenge
4 August 2016 - Disability Services

9D mobile cinema coming to Tamworth to raise funds for Challenge

Grab some popcorn and hold tight, because there’s a film experience with a difference coming to town.You might have worn those funny glasses and seen a 3D film, but Challenge Community Services is i... Read more

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7 April 2016 - Therapeutic Services

Dry times for farm families

Dry weather is cracking more than just the soil in rural areas, and a drought community forum in Gunnedah on Wednesday aimed at bringing deeper issues to light.Challenge Community Services is hosting... Read more

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14 March 2016 - Therapeutic Services

Weathering the drought

Challenge Community Services will support one of the nation’s leading social workers on a tour of the region next month as he speaks about the importance of seeking help and support during the droug... Read more