cerebral palsy

True Stories: Charlie Newton – I found the perfect job for me through carecareers

Charlie NewtonI was lucky to find the perfect job for me on the carecareers website just a few months ago. I had just come back from an overseas trip and wanted to find some casual work, as I finished my Higher School Certificate last year and am having a break until I start uni next year.

For the past 5 years I have had some experience with the cousin of a good friend of mine, who has Cerebral Palsy. I have often been on outings with my friend and his cousin and I would help them out when I could. Through that, and other conversations I have had with my parents, I started thinking about what it would be like to work with people with disabilities.

As I needed to find some work, and also because I wanted to see what it would really be like to work in the disability sector, I decided to find a job to experience it first-hand. My family had heard about carecareers so I visited the website and did a search for casual jobs.

True Stories: Tracey Sherwin – Every day is different and extremely rewarding

Tracey SherwinJust a few hours after arriving in Australia with my family as an immigrant from the United Kingdom, I spotted a job ad in the newspaper for a role at Sunshine. I had worked with people with intellectual and physical disabilities in the UK so I was ready and willing.

I remember thinking when I walked into Sunshine for the interview, “I need to be here. I want this job.” Within a week of landing in Australia I had got the job and I am still here 5 years later.

I was a Direct Support Worker for 1.5 years and then I became a Team Leader, but that only lasted 6 weeks because I was then promoted to my current role as the Coordinator of Community Access Programs (Frenchs Forest ). Then in mid 2009, Sunshine won a tender for our Community Access Program (St Ives) and I was offered the role of coordinating that service also. I was happy to accept the great opportunity.