carer

True Stories: Greg – never stop learning!

Greg_ADHC_editedI am a Registered Nurse at a large residence in Northern Sydney. I am the Recreation Officer for the centre and develop, program, organise and facilitate the recreational pursuits of the clients. I also provide an avenue for ex-clients to continue to participate and maintain their relationship with the other residents and staff.

I also provide training to staff, and liaise with various community groups to provide and promote inclusive recreational programs. One of my greatest
beliefs in this field is the need for people with a disability to have a presence in the community and the majority of my programs set out to deliver that.

True Stories: Helen Walker – Multi-skilling was a prerequisite when I entered the sector!

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I oversee the service and systems management of my organisation, including financial management, staff supervision and support. I also coordinate service funding and policy development, reporting to the Board of Management and liaison with the community and our funding bodies.

I entered the community sector as a volunteer. I had just moved to a totally new area and had three young sons, two with disabilities. I desperately needed an outlet and contact within the local community.

I started as a meals on wheels driver and then worked as an office receptionist at the local neighbourhood centre, before being employed as the ‘pay person’ at the centre.

True Stories: Gail White – The most gratifying career!

An interest and a love of the involvement with disabilities made my decision very easy to make the change to new horizons. The awarding challenges of day to day involvement and being able to help and assist clients is one of the most gratifying experiences I have ever been involved in.

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I especially love the way that you are never judged and are taken as you are and for the person that you are. I could never put into words just how great it is to be so welcoming and so easily accepted by the clients that I come into contact with.

True Stories: Cecily Michaels – Value from being a volunteer!

As a person who has volunteered since my school days I find my position with TRI Community Exchange very rewarding as it is an incredible organisation to work for, under the inspirational guidance and direction of Jane Uff and my brilliant colleagues, who are all dedicated, talented and inspiring people. It is an honour to be a part of such a team.Cecily-Michaels_Tri-Community_edited

My role is to inspire people to volunteer for Home and Community Care (HACC) services for the frail aged and people with a disability, so they can remain in their homes. The other part of my role is to support these services in recruiting, training, managing and retaining volunteers.

TRI makes many worthy contributions to the sector through their affordable and competent computer and IT skills training, communityNet news, information and resource website for the community sector, and in its work with multicultural communities in the Nepean, Hawksbury and Blue Mountains regions.

I also volunteer as a Board Member of the Springwood Neighbourhood Centre Cooperative and also as a Project Manager for a prevention project in the occupied Palestinian Territories, against gender based violence, particularly targeting children and incest. I have just returned from a 3 week monitoring trip and am humbled by the incredible work this small partner organisation is undertaking with only volunteer staff.

True Stories: Beau Thornton – The challenge gives me a purpose to keep going!

Beau-ThorntonI began work in the disability and community care sector when I was 19. I started out by accident when a friend raised the idea. I was quite apprehensive at first, but what I loved about it straight away was the people. Back then, I could not have imagined the career opportunities that have come my way in the last few years.

Today I am an Accommodation Manager, running the Community Justice Program (CJP) for Sylvanvale, based in Kirrawee. The CJP is aimed at preventing people with disabilities who have broken the law from reoffending, and also assists people with disabilities who are homeless or living on streets.

True Stories: Emily Ninnes – There is no typical day!

Emily NinnesI’ve been working with people with a disability since I was 14. As a lot of adolescent girls do, I was babysitting for extra pocket money, in Armidale, where I grew up. One of the kids I was babysitting turned out to have a disability. When I was 14 and 9 months (thus officially able to work) I got registered as her respite carer.

Now, 13 years later, I am a Case Manager for the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Mary MacKillop Outreach.

True Stories: Julita Harris – From Carer to Transitional Accommodation Supervisor

Julita-HarrisI have been a carer for 23 years. My first experience came about when I started nursing with the aged and frail at Fairfield Nursing Home, at the age of 20. I stayed there for 15 wonderful years, until I decided to apply for a position to provide care to clients living in their own homes. I have had the opportunity to care for clients with various disabilities over the last 8 years.

I have worked for ParaQuad NSW for the past 4 years now. This time has been of great importance to me. I have gained an enormous amount of experience, understanding and education in this field of work. Initially I was a carer and then I was given the opportunity to become an onsite trainer.