Robert has had a number of health and personal challenges that have made his journey to employment more difficult than most. But with planning and determination, he is now one of the greatest success stories.
Robert had been unemployed for over a year. He completed Year 10 before leaving high school and had no work experience. He was trying to cope with diabetes and the health complications that go with it and had recently lost his mum. The deep grief combined with his health challenges meant that Robert began to withdraw socially and spiral into depression. He had a lack of motivation for life and was not maintaining his own health.
What Robert needed was encouragement, support and guidance to find his place in the community and gain confidence in his ability to find a sustainable and meaningful job. Transferring to atWork Australia in Elizabeth South, Robert was teamed with Job Coach Katharine, who understood what Robert was going through and could offer the right support and advice.
Katharine and Robert devised a plan that would see small steps toward a brighter future. It began with Robert re-engaging in social interactions. He participated in group sessions, helping him to associate and communicate with people in the community.
Once Robert was comfortable, Katharine then offered help and guidance while he completed a Certificate III in Individual Support. During this time, Robert also trained in First Aid and Manual Handling. It was through the course that Robert gained a training placement with My Life My Way, a disability service provider in Adelaide. At the completion of his training hours and due to his outstanding attitude and work ethic, Robert was offered an ongoing role.
Katharine happily relays Robert’s reaction when he got the job. “It was like seeing a different person. So confident, and a different outlook on life.”
Robert himself is so excited to be working within the community. His proud that through his work, he is now making a real difference for others.
Robert has thanked Katharine and everyone from atWork Australia for all the support they have provided him. During their post-placement catch ups, he has told Katharine that he now has a reason to stay healthy, as he doesn’t want to miss a day of work.