Early Links Supporting Inclusion

Awarding our team's hard work

Early Links staff
Shanelle Marketing & Communication Officer

By Shanelle Pescud

Marketing and Communications Officer


We have had a fantastic response to the first half of this year’s awards season. We have been awarded finalists in the Hunter Region Business Awards Not-for-Profit category and the Hunter Diversity and Inclusion Golden Pineapple Awards for the Outstanding Team and Community Initiative categories.

Hunter Region Business Excellence Awards

Our CEO and COO recently attended the Hunter Region Business Hub’s Excellence Awards. We may not have taken home the “win”, but we were amazingly humbled to be recognised as a finalist amongst many incredible and reputable businesses in the Hunter Valley.

Hunter Diversity and Inclusion Golden Pineapple Awards

Early Links has again been nominated for the Golden Pineapple Awards to be held at NEX Newcastle, where the winners will be announced at a ceremony on Friday 30 June 2023.

We are happy to report that we have again been selected as finalists for the Outstanding Team and Community Initiative categories.

Early Links CEO Sue at the Golden Pineapple Awards

CEO Sue at last years Golden Pineapple Awards

DEI Outstanding Team

Our teams work collaboratively and innovatively by continuously listening to the needs of our clients. As we have a multidisciplinary team comprised of allied health professionals, educational specialists, NDIS coordinators, plan managers, and support workers, clients can access a range of supports to help them grow and achieve their goals in a safe and relaxed environment.

Our team runs groups and programs to support clients with additional needs, their families and the wider community, with themes such as art, cooking, dance, playgroup, sports, yoga and wellbeing. Our team’s approach is an outstanding example of diversity, equity and inclusion, ensuring that communities have access to the right supports, and that the needs of those they support, and their families are always our priority.

DEI Community Initiative

Our Youth Group Team have been recognised for their ‘Fun Factory’ initiative, with many inspirational achievements across a range of youth developing vital social and life skills. With this success, the group is now offered during school terms as a Junior Fun Factory and a school holiday program. 

“Fun Factory has given me more confidence with talking to people and I’ve been able to make lots of new friends.” – James, Fun Factory participant

Some of the outcomes these groups provide include improved communication, confidence, friendships, developing trust, life skills, decision-making, and independence, all while having loads of fun. By creating inclusive communities, the youth group team are helping to establish life skills which will later move into employment opportunities, evolving confidence in young adults and ensuring safe places in the community for these young people.

A big shout out to our incredible team

Regardless of if we take home the top prize, we just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the incredible work our teams do. Their drive and passion are inspiring, as they advocate for our organisation, clients, and community.

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