Employment can be about more than earning money – it can also be a great way to enhance skills and independence, as well as learning something new! In this week’s Community Programs blog, Community Support Officer Sam tells us how Shannon’s new role helped her to find her feet and flourish!
Shannon and I started assisted employment at Malaga 1 year ago. Shannon’s end goal was to gain a paid permanent position. Shannon also wanted to become more confident in using stairs unassisted. This was important to her, as she wanted to become more independent and be able to save her own money for shopping trips or if she wanted to buy something special.
For Shannon’s mobility training, we would visit the management team on a weekly basis upstairs. Slowly, I moved further and further away while Shannon was using the stairs until she was able to climb the full flight of stairs without any assistance.
For a year, Shannon went to work experience on Mondays and Thursdays working full hours. I started off giving Shannon both verbal and physical prompts to complete the task, but over the year Shannon’s confidence in all the contracts grew until she was working independently. Shannon has now gained permanent paid employment at Malaga. She seems very happy and settled in she gets along with her supervisors and co-workers.