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|

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 [...]

Michelle’s painting the lockdown away!

Michelle’s painting the lockdown away! During lockdown, Mai-Wel Lifestyle, Leisure and Capacity building supports in Cessnock, Work Life Connect, went online. This helped Michelle to continue focusing on her drawing and painting skills throughout the lockdown period, working towards her future art goals. She has been using her online Zoom sessions with Creative Arts Mentor Kate to continue this practice, improving her art skills, learning new techniques and keeping her mind active from the comfort of home. “I find online supports relaxing,” says Michelle, “It gets you away [...]

Walking for Wellbeing!

Walking for Wellbeing! The Step Up Crew at Cessnock have been lacing up their sneakers once a week to go walking 1:1 with Support Worker Trish as part of their Fitness and Wellbeing program. Step Up is Mai-Wel LabourForce Solution’s pre-employment support program for young people with disability who are building skills for work after leaving school. The Fitness and Wellbeing program aims to help participants to get fit for work, promoting healthy body and mind, building physical skills for the workplace and working on socialising and communication [...]

Dungog Students Get Started to Leap from School to Work!

Dungog Students Get Started to Leap from School to Work! Mai-Wel’s High School transition to work service is coming to Dungog. 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. Students attend tailored supports one day a week to gain training, mentoring and planned assistance to discover what their journey to employment may look like. Currently provided in Maitland and Cessnock, Mai-Wel [...]

Jacob’s made, mixed and mastered his first original song!

Jacob’s made, mixed and mastered his first original song! Budding songwriter Jacob has released his first original song, created during his private music sessions at Mai-Wel on Vincent in Cessnock. Participants are able to explore the world of music one-on-one- with a Creative Arts mentor during weekly one hour sessions. Jacob first started his private music sessions back in February 2021. During these sessions, participants can create their own music goal. From the beginning, his goal was to learn how to write, record, mix and master songs, as [...]

Getting Out and About with Work Life Connect, Cessnock

Getting Out and About with Work Life Connect, Cessnock Each Friday Work Life Connect’s Community Access program takes off to explore the greater Hunter. The Community Access programs aims to assist participants of Work Life Connect meet up in a small group, practice using public transport and participate in activities and events happening in the wider Hunter community. Starting in May, the participants came together to develop a 12 week schedule of locations throughout Maitland and Newcastle they wanted to explore. Since then, each Friday the group get [...]

By |2021-07-19T12:18:01+10:0019th July, 2021|Good News Stories, Work Life Connect|

Learning to cook is a piece of cake at Work Life Connect!

Learning to cook is a piece of cake at Work Life Connect! Hunter’s making caramel cake and gaining confidence in the kitchen at Work Life Connect in Cessnock! “Confidence in the Kitchen” is a program available at Mai-Wel’s Work Life Connect in Cessnock. Hunter started this program back in May 2021. The first step was to develop a 12 week schedule of recipes that he wanted to learn to make. Each week, Hunter is supported to make a new recipe, taking part in each step of the process; [...]

By |2021-07-19T12:04:51+10:0019th July, 2021|Good News Stories, Work Life Connect|

Build Confidence in the Kitchen at Work Life Connect, Cessnock

Build Confidence in the Kitchen at Work Life Connect, Cessnock Katie, Emily, Erin and Jessica have been building their confidence in the kitchen at the Work Life Connect Café in Cessnock! Confidence in the Kitchen is a 12 week planned activity. Each Monday from 9am to 3pm, the team comes together to plan their meals for the week, researching recipes, writing shopping lists, learning Work Health and Safety practices and a number of other preparations required in order to go home with a delicious meal. By the end [...]

By |2021-12-30T10:43:07+11:0018th June, 2021|Good News Stories, Work Life Connect|

Explore your musical goals at Work Life Connect, Cessnock!

Explore your musical goals at Work Life Connect, Cessnock! At Mai-Wel’s Work Life Connect at Cessnock, Bruce has been taking part in the 1:1 music program to explore the world of music. As part of this program, Bruce has been learning how to play the acoustic guitar and has been loving every minute of it! Each week, Bruce attends Work Life Connect in Cessnock to take part in a weekly hour session with Mai-Wel Creative Arts mentor, James. During these sessions, Bruce is able to explore his passion [...]

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