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Hard work leads to new job for Nicole

Nicole’s hard work has landed her a new role at HealthShare Linen Services at Tamworth Hospital laundry.

Nicole, who has ADHD, has been with Challenge Disability Services Connexions program for eight years. The 26-year-old has spent her time wisely: gaining valuable skills and confidence to assist her to fulfill her goal of finding a job.

Connexions provides young adults like Nicole with the opportunity to spend time with people their own age while participating in a range of skill-building and social activities. As part of her activities at Connexions, Nicole learns woodworking skills at The Shed.

“We make timber products such as dog kennels and pallet boxes; I’ve learnt lots of new skills,” Nicole said.

A pile of folding and sorting await Nicole, but she is looking forward to participating in the pilot program.

“I am excited to start my new job; I want to keep learning new skills and eventually earn my own money, ” Nicole said. “It will be nice to make some new friends. I don’t know anyone who works at the hospital laundry yet.”

Initially, Challenge support worker Kym will accompany Nicole until she feels confident in the position. Then, Kym will drop her off and pick her up each day.

“I doubt Nicole will need my support at work for long as she is a confident young lady,” Kym said. “I am excited and proud Nicole was offered this role as she has wanted to get a job for a long time.”

Life skills such as cooking, shopping and gardening are all part of the Connexions program, as are computer and other job search skills. There’s plenty of social activities too, with participants able to join sporting teams, go bushwalking and art all on the agenda.

Connexions can also help participants get a driver’s licence. Nicole is hoping to get her Ls before May and is saving up to buy a car.

“Kym helps me practice online so I can prepare for the Ls test and she will also help me with the paperwork for the application,” she said.

For more information on Challenge Disability Services Connexions program for 18 to 35 year-olds, please email or call 1800 679 129.

Article from the Northern Daily Leader, 20 April 2017.

Author: Katrina Warmoll

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