disability

True Stories: Simone McClenaughan – The power of words

Simone McClenaughanI can’t imagine a life without writing. I wanted to be a writer since I was a child and I never let go of that dream.

At uni I did a Bachelor of Arts, doing a double major in Creative Writing and Communication and a minor in Sociology. After I leapt into the world of writing, working on a range of consumer magazines in areas such as art, craft, homemaker, travel, health and fitness for over a decade.

But there was always a nagging in the back of my mind. I wanted to do something special, something worthy and important with my words.

True Stories: Rosie Power – From volunteer to Senior Coordinator

Rosie-Power-editedI work at FRANS (Family Resource and Network Support), coordinating Community Access Programs for people with disability aged from about 4 years old to 65 years old. The programs allow participants to experience cultural, sporting, theatrical and scenic opportunities in Sydney with their friends, and with support from FRANS workers. I am also involved in the coordination of a tri-yearly disco, as well as school holiday vacation care.

I started at FRANS as a volunteer. I was looking for a career that would allow me to meet interesting people, with a broad range of life experiences, joy and hardship. I also wanted to do work that was meaningful to the community, as well as practical and challenging. I didn’t want to be sitting at a desk working through routine paperwork.

True Stories: Mim Balcombe – things are never boring!

Mim-Balcombe_editedAfter completing my HSC, I did not know what I wanted to do. I was not particularly excited at the thought of studying again and so I decided to look for work and see what interested me. I applied for a range of positions, a Trainee Receptionist position at The Mai-Wel Group being one of them. I was successful in gaining the Receptionist position which I held for three and a half years.

In this time, I gained a large amount of knowledge of the organisation and the surrounding community, had a wide variety of experiences, and started to get a feel for what I did and did not enjoy doing.