Hi, my name is John Dickinson and I am a Community Engagement & Event officer for IDEAS. I cover a large area encompassing the Sydney metropolitan area, parts of southern NSW and parts of western NSW out to Dubbo and all areas within.

For me, Western NSW is a great part of the world with contrasts in real beauty and stark

Funded by the Australian Government, keys2drive is Australia's largest national driver safety program for beginner drivers. keys2drive is a youth road safety program which provides learner drivers and their parent/supervisor with a free 60 minute session with an accredited driving instructor.

‘It meant a lot to her son and her whole family to have a holiday experience

and make holiday memories just like any other family’



Sweet potato is a vegtable that is full of flavour and has great health properties. Even better there are so many ways we can use it in our cooking, including this variation on the humble Shepard's Pie.

Jemima* is a woman in her forties with an intellectual disability and multiple health conditions. She began experiencing episodes of mental illness in her late teens. 

In celebration of International Women’s Day, IDEAS attended Be Remarkable! An evening at Kimo Estate, hosted by Local Leading Ladies, a new networking group for women in business in the Snowy Valleys and Gundagai region. Keynote speaker, Vanessa Low, wowed us with her power, passion and personal drive to succeed.

Did you know there is a way to travel, enjoy new destinations, and not pay for accommodation? 

After many years of involvement in disability advocacy Frank Hall-Bentick approached his sisters Lesley and Annette and a number of friends to help him setup and operate a fund for people with disability. Through small grants, indigenous and non-indigenous people with a disability will have assistance to be involved with formal and informal education programs.

This story is about a mother and her son. The mother had recently and unexpectedly become the carer of her adult child. Her son lost his sight in an accident and now has a permanent and non-correctable disability.  

On Monday, the federal parliament agreed on a motion to support a royal commission into the abuse of disabled people. This is a good thing, but we still need a timeline, terms of reference and a whole lot more detail.