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Making a difference with a career in disability

Kari at work in disabilityThe Geelong and Surf Coast region’s disability sector offers great job opportunities for qualified, nuturing and empathetic people looking for a fulfilling career.

Kari Wilson, a recent disability graduate of The Gordon, has found her feet with disability services employer, Better2gether.

"I was looking for a career change, and working in disability really resonated with me. I like working with people and being out and about and active. As a disability support worker, you are doing this every day," Ms Wilson said.

Business owners Marie Rodgers and her partner Jay Davis founded Better2gether in 2017. Better2gether aims to create opportunities for clients to be active, participate in the community and lead ordinary lives as valued citizens. Their services provide NDIS-supported programs, including in-home care, supported holidays and structured activities for intellectually disabled clients. 

"Our program has a capped client base of 25 to ensure clients and families gain the support they need and that we continue to grow strong and healthy relationships with them”, shared Ms Rodgers.

Clients with access to support services through NDIS are driving the need for more people to join the sector. With more qualified workers needed, Better2gether actively support their workforce to attain a certificate qualification. 

"Having more workers in the sector allows us to provide more opportunities to clients. We strive to keep clients active and engaged", said Ms Rodgers.

Having completed a Certificate IV in Disability, Kari moved from being a disability support worker to taking on the more senior role of Community Connections Team Leader.  

"We think Kari is a fantastic addition to our team and is thriving in her new role. We value education, and Kari's skills and knowledge through completing her disability course at The Gordon allowed her to hit the ground running. In addition, her ability to communicate with team members and clients and her ability to problem solve was wonderful skills she brought to Bettter2gether", said Ms Rodgers.

Better2gether clients have the chance to give back to their communities by volunteering with local not-for-profits such as One Care and the Salvation Army. Building pride and a sense of responsibility improve their ability to engage people outside their family group, explained Ms Rodgers. 

"These are all the wonderful things we can do when we have the support workers. 
The fun activities from the day services we provide keep our clients moving and active. They learn and have a fun experience at the same time.

"We also pride ourselves on being able to provide our clients with a real share house experience. We have three supported houses in the region with 24/7 support. The housemates complete their day-to-day activities just like anyone else who would live in a share house”
, said Ms Rodgers.
A qualification in disability is an excellent way for workers to earn a living from something they love to do.

"We ensure our new employees feel supported and safe while learning. As we are client-centred, we always encourage a positive outlook. Therefore, our employees focus on what clients can do rather than what they can't. Disability is such a rewarding career, and we encourage more people to join us in the sector", said Ms Rodgers.

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