At Spire, we believe that people sharing their own experience of life with SCI (spinal cord injury) can bring enormous benefit to the lives of others who are living in similar circumstances.
In partnership with local SCI communities, we are progressively establishing community networks which seek to help people connect in order to develop and share their skills and knowledge, take part in social events, workshops and enhance their participation in the community. Our aim is to facilitate and support networks to establish themselves and become self-sustaining.
The Regional networks in Ballarat, Bendigo and Shepparton were established in response to the extra challenges that living regionally can present. The SCI Network of Professionals (SCIP), based in Melbourne, provides the opportunity for professionals of all levels to discover and develop resources around career development and progression.
Continuing on in partnership with the groups, we will resource each other as we establish new networks in other regional areas and common interest groups. These groups are open to everyone in the SCI community. If you would like more information about any of these groups or would like to be involved in starting a new one, please contact us.
The December Shepparton SCI Regional Network meeting was a fairly informal lunch overlooking the lake at the picturesque Nagambie Rowing Club. Fiona, NDIS Service Development Coordinator from AQA, attended to inform the group of any progress and updates on her dealings with NDIS and NDIA.
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The Geelong Regional SCI Network met on November 29 at the Grovedale Community Hub. The group was fortunate to have Curtis Palmer as the guest speaker who presented on sport, leisure, fitness, recreation, mindfulness, and strategies around these. Curtis is quadriplegic who has competed in wheelchair rugby at the Paralympics, is a qualified personal trainer, coach, motivational speaker and father. He has also been a journalist, TV presenter and authored a book about his life's journey.Read More »