Sam finds the right job for him at his local club!

Sam is a participant of Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions Disability Employment Services in Cessnock and is absolutely smashing it in his job at the East Cessnock Bowling Club!

Sam has learnt to live with vision impairment after being born blind. Most of the time Sam uses a cane, however he is learning to become even more independent with day-to-day activities and to go without his cane while completing work related tasks. Sam lives independently in a granny flat at his parent’s home and confidently accesses the community independently by use of public transport.

Before starting his job search with Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions, Sam completed Year 12 of high school by reading braille and with assistance from a Teacher’s Aide. Sam has always been involved in the community and has volunteered at the local radio station where he would introduce songs, take requests and provide commentary on air.

Before commencing his job search with Mai-Wel’s Disability Employment Service, Sam engaged School Leaver Employment Support with Mai-Wel’s Step Up program where he completed work experience at various local businesses. Just one of those opportunities was at Bunnings where he enjoyed meeting and greeting customers, replenishing stock and cleaning the outdoor furniture.

When Sam was ready to further build his skills for work with Disability Employment Services, Amy from the Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions Business Development Team contacted East Cessnock Bowling Club to broker a position that would be suitable and rewarding for Sam at the club.

Sam’s role at East Cessnock Bowling Club includes a number of cleaning and maintenance tasks inside and outside the club, from cleaning tables, chairs, fridges, bars and BBQ areas, to maintaining the greens, weeding and watering the garden.

Sam is thankful for the role Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions has played in preparing him for the world of work.

“All of Mai-Wel’s staff have been great and they have all helped me get where I am today. I have learnt so much to get to the job I have always wanted. Trish and Amy have made sure that whatever I have participated in, I have done it independently and to the best of my ability. I always say ‘I want to do it, and I want to do it properly, the right way the first time’,” says Sam.

“In my role at East Cessnock Bowling Club I feel rewarded and like I can do this job to the best of my abilities. I will give anything a go here especially because I have really good support.”

The staff and patrons greatly appreciate the difference Sam is making to the Club in his role; even the bowlers have mentioned how much cleaner it is now.

Terry works on the maintenance at the Club and overseeing Sam’s tasks. He has nothing but high praise for Sam’s work and his support of Sam has been a factor towards his success.

“Sam is an inspiration. Everyone needs to step back and take a look at what Sam has achieved and what he does when he is here working,” Terry says.

“He is passionate about getting the job done and learning more every day. He gets along with everyone and everyone knows who Sam is. Every day that Sam is here, we are getting more done; every job he does is important.”

Sam is looking forward to continue his work at the Club far into the future.

“This job fits my lifestyle. I feel stable and secure here and I have a routine and structure. I know the environment and I am comfortable with coming to work each day. I will be here for a long time,” says Sam.

We wish Sam the best of luck in his role at East Cessnock Bowling Club!

For more information about how Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions works to break down the barriers to employment, visit the MWLFS website or contact the team on 40158400 or


Pictured: Sam is enjoying his role and the support received from colleagues at East Cessnock Bowling Club and Mai-Wel LabourForce Solutions.