Frontline support

TRUE STORIES: Jenny Papara – It’s not a walk in the park, but I love my job.

 

Jenny is a Support Worker with Centacare, Queensland

Jenny Papara 2

I entered the sector because I wanted something very different than what I’ve done in the past.  I’ve done nursing in aged care and I have done behaviour at school for 10 Years, then my husband and I had our own business.  And now I work in disability and what an amazing job it is.

Atypical’ day for me is very varied and full –  with clients’ food and clothes shopping, banking housework,  medication,  personal care and doctors’ and other appointments.  I work out of Centacare’s Sunnybank office.  The support this office gives me to do my job is amazing.  I’m very lucky.

This job is not one where you sit down all day. This is a job that you have a lot of responsibility on your shift.  You need to make sure you’re on top of things with your clients.  Make sure you understand what the doctor is saying.  You need to make sure you’re giving the right medication to the right client, to right dosage, the right paperwork in place.

We don’t have the NDIS here yet, but we are learning a lot about how our clients will benefit from it and we are looking forward to it.

Supporting your clients and empowering them in their everyday life is a beautiful thing.   It’s not a walk in the park. I’m not going to lie.  But the best thing about the job is my clients. I love my job. I love coming back to work so I can make a difference in their lives.

If you’re a person who is not afraid of hard work and wants to learn something new every day, then this could be the job for you.

 

Jenny Papara

Centacare

Sunnybank, Queensland

www.centacarebrisbane.net.au

 

True Stories: Dale Clark – If I can, anyone can…

Dale Clark

 

About three and half years ago, after being self-employed for many years, I decided that I was fed up with what I was doing and chasing money owed to me.  So I made myself unemployed and after a few visits to a job agency the opportunity came up to start a Cert III in Disability through the Pathways Program which was supported by Nexus and another organisation.  When it came to the work experience part of the program, Nexus gave me the opportunity to do so in one of their group homes.

Soon after this was complete I was employed by Nexus as a Casual Disability Support Worker Level 2 and after six months I gained a permanent Level 2 position.
After another seven months I was given the opportunity to work as a temporary Level 3 Key Worker position which in the last few months has been made permanent.

The Disability Sector offers so many opportunities and if I can relearn and commence a new career at 51 years of age anyone can. It’s wonderful!

Dale Clark
Level 3 Key Worker (DSD 3)
Nexus Inc
Moonah , Hobart
Tasmania

True Stories: Kathy Taylor – My one regret is that I didn’t do it sooner!

Photo of blogger Kathy Taylor

Before entering the disability sector I worked in a small goods factory for 10 years. A family member worked in the sector and suggested I try a career change and go work with him at Nexus Inc.

At first I was scared about the change, in particular the fact that someone apart from my family would be relying on me to care for them. After a gentle shove from him I bit the bullet and approached Nexus about a job. After completing a 3 week short course about community services I commenced work on the 27th November 2006.

I was allocated 3 houses to work across a on a casual basis and within 3 to 4 months I was offered a trial permanent position. This was the start of the best experience of my life.

Working with the residents is so rewarding. You feel like you can make a difference to how somebody sees themselves. It’s great going on outings, holidays and most of all just spending time with awesome people.

In 2009 I was offered a chance to try out for a House Manager position. This was something I had planned to do in the future, so when the opportunity arose I took up the position. This gave me a whole new outlook on things.

Over the time I have seen the sector grow and change for the better.

I only have one regret about entering into this sector and that is that I didn’t do it sooner!

Kathy Taylor
House Manager
Nexus Inc.
Granton, Tasmania.