Community Networks

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.

Shepparton SCI Regional Network Meeting – February 2018
12 February, 2018

The first meeting of 2018 for the Shepparton SCI Regional Network was held on February 7, at The Peppermill Restaurant. Wayne, who has been in a chair for 40+ years talked about how he and his family adapted to him being in a chair and not being afraid to try anything.

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Bendigo SCI Regional Network meeting – December 2017
29 December, 2017

The Bendigo SCI Regional Network met on December 20 at the Bendigo Stadium Bistro for a Christmas lunch! They used the meet up as an opportunity to discuss what the group had achieved in 2017 and make some plans for the New Year.



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Shepparton SCI Regional Network Meeting – December 2017
18 December, 2017

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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Geelong SCI Regional Network - November 2017
30 November, 2017

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.

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Ballarat SCI Regional Network Meeting - November 2017
28 November, 2017

For the their final meeting of the year the Ballarat SCI Regional Network met in a private room at the Ballarat Yacht Club for a social catch-up.

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