Without work for more than three years, atWork Australia helped Freddie gain meaningful work in the farm industry.
Freddie, from Launceston, Tasmania had been working in a variety of labour-intensive roles, leading to severe body pain, before taking a break from work to care for his late wife.
When Freddie approached atWork Australia’s office in Launceston, he was assigned local Disability Employment Services Job Coach, Katie. Freddie was low in confidence and did not feel hopeful about gaining employment, Katie stated that the first thing Freddie said to her was “I can’t work and will never work”.
Katie knew that with the right support, Freddie would thrive in employment. During a series of appointments, Katie worked with Freddie to create a resume and get ready for employment. As Freddie lived with chronic pain, Katie assisted Freddie by contacting his GP to make sure he was fit to work and to manage his pain. Katie also focused on building Freddie’s confidence and self-worth.
The hard work was worth it, with Freddie being offered temporary farm work. Katie continued to provide post-placement support for Freddie, including fuel assistance and wet weather gear, to ensure he was set up to succeed in his role. Freddie has now been enjoying work and Katie has seen a transformation in his self-confidence.
“It has been really rewarding working with Freddie and see the confidence and realisation that he is able to do more activities than he had originally thought he could,” said Katie.
Since finding employment, Freddie can see a brighter future.
“I am very surprised how well I have been able to gain employment and maintain it in such a labour-intensive position and look forward to going back to work each week and see a brighter and longer future.”