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 November Shepparton SCI Regional Network meeting was a social BBQ hosted by group member, Peter, in Rochester. The meeting had no set agenda, so it was an opportunity for Peter to showcase some fantastic toys and equipment; which included demonstrating his ParaGolfer - an all-terrain wheelchair that places the user in an upright position to allow for a more conventional golf swing.Read More »
The Spinal Cord Injury Network of Professionals (SCIP) had their final meeting for 2017 on November 9. Guest speaker, Gill Hilton presented on her recently completed PhD research: Employment Post-Spinal Cord Injury. Many from the group already knew Gill as a Senior Occupational Therapist with Austin Health’s Victorian Spinal Cord Service (SCIS) and so enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with her.Read More »
The October Geelong SCI Regional Network meeting focused on accessible holidays and travel, and featured Bill Forrester from Travability - a licensed travel agency dedicated to inclusive tourism through education, advocacy and information about the world’s most popular travel destinations. Bill has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to anything related to accessible travel so the group was enthusiastic to hear from him!Read More »