Dylan’s hitting the road with his forklift licence!

Dylan’s hitting the road with his forklift licence Dylan was able to successfully gain his forklift licence and is already making use of this in his workplace! While taking part in Mai-Wel’s Step Up program, Dylan is building skills, confidence and capacity for work. He identified that he was extremely interested in the transport industry, and that gaining his forklift licence would be a great first step to entering this industry. Dylan attended the Hunter Plant Operator Training School (HPOTS) at Cessnock for three days, completing both practical [...]

Brielle’s Volunteering Experience at Miracle Assistance Dogs

Brielle’s Volunteering Experience at Miracle Assistance Dogs Brielle has been taking part in Mai-Wel’s Get Started throughout Year 11. Through this program she has been volunteering at Miracle Assistance Dogs Inc. in East Maitland. Mai Wel’s Get Started is a unique program that assists students with disability in Year 11 and 12 to make a successful transition from school to work or other post-school vocational options of their choosing. Through Get Started, Brielle is working on improving her communication and teamwork skills. Taking part in some work experience [...]

Sarah’s achieving her employment and education goals with MWLFS

Sarah’s achieving her employment and education goals with MWLFS We last spoke to Sarah about how she had been discovering her passion for youth work and building her qualifications with help from MWLFS Disability Employment Services (DES). Sarah has since been supported to enrol in further studies of choice and is currently completing her Diploma of Counselling. She began her job search with DES and was supported to apply for suitable roles. When Sarah successfully gained an interview, her Case Worker helped her prepare and build some tools [...]

Katherine’s Christmas Light Delight!

Katherine’s Christmas Light Delight! Katherine (Kate) took a trip to the Hunter Valley Gardens to have a look at the Christmas lights with her Support Worker Glenys. Accessing the community after the social distancing precautions required by COVID-19 has been very important for Kate. When Kate heard the restrictions were lifting she was very excited and heading to see the Christmas lights at the gardens was at the top of her list! With some help from her Support Worker Glenys, Kate planned her visit to the Hunter Valley [...]

By |2021-12-24T09:30:40+11:0024th December, 2021|Community Living, Good News Stories|

Erin’s gained a sweet smelling work experience opportunity

Erin's gained a sweet smelling work experience opportunity Erin joined Work Life Connect in Cessnock with a goal to prepare for the world of work. For Erin, it was important to gain a work reference and build skills that would increase her capability and confidence for open employment, particularly in the retail industry. With a dedicated support worker by her side, Erin began the search for a local business to provide some work experience. Erin introduced herself to prospective employers and it was through this that Erin was [...]

By |2021-12-20T08:30:14+11:0020th December, 2021|Good News Stories, Work Life Connect|

Skylah’s journey to employment with Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions

Skylah’s journey to employment with Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions Skylah came to Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions with a goal to seek employment in the cleaning industry. After some hard work and perseverance, Skylah not only successfully gained her Certificate III in Cleaning Operations, but has secured part-time employment! Skylah told us a little bit about her journey to employment. “Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions offered me to take part in the Cleaning Operations course and supported me to enrol and complete all the theory components. “My course was meant to take place [...]

Beyond Bank is doubling donations for people with disability and job seekers in Cessnock

Beyond Bank is doubling donations for people with disability and job seekers in Cessnock We are calling on our local community to help raise money for Mai-Wel’s Cessnock site. Donations made to Mai-Wel on 23 and 24 November 2021 via Beyond Bank’s online fundraising portal will be doubled up to $10,000! In 2020, Mai-Wel brought it’s Cessnock-based services under the one roof at 201 Vincent Street joining Mai-Wel’s community, social and recreational NDIS supports together with Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions employment services. The new site is a one-stop-shop for [...]

Margaret’s Day at the Park

Margaret’s Day at the Park Margaret had a fantastic day out at Maybury Peace Park in Weston. As part of the community access program at The Hill, which Margaret attends, participants are involved in the deciding on the location and planning their outings with their staff. So our participants have choice and control over where they want to go and involved in how they get there. Margaret loved getting out in the sun at Maybury Peace Park, watching the ducks during a walk around the pond. Another highlight [...]

By |2021-11-17T14:39:04+11:0017th November, 2021|Good News Stories, The Hill|

Brad’s driven to be the first in his family to gain their L’s!

Brad’s driven to be the first in his family to gain their L’s! Meet Brad, a participant of Mai-Wel’s Step Up program aimed at supporting people with disability to build their skills, capacity and confidence for work after leaving school. Brad entered the Step Up program with the goal to become the first person in his family to gain their driver’s licence! Currently Brad and his family rely on public transport, and Brad is fully independent in getting to and from using the bus and train routes in [...]

Maitland Business Chamber provides volunteering opportunity to Step Up participants

Maitland Business Chamber provides volunteering opportunity to Step Up participants Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions job seekers gained valuable event preparation work experience with Maitland Business Chamber. Thanks go to Kate, Executive Officer of the Maitland Business Chamber who offered the volunteer work experience opportunity to job seekers interested in gaining some hands-on experience in event preparation. This was a perfect opportunity for participants of Mai-Wel’s Step Up program, who are building capacity for working life opportunities and eager to gain experience in a range of different work types. The physical [...]

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