Paula May Service Manager, Jo’s Therapeutic Youth Residential Care
I see a supportive place to work, where I’m encouraged to pursue ideas to support the young people I work with, and to develop in my career.’
Since last October, I’ve been involved in developing and launching Uniting Communities’ new Jo’s program. It’s been a huge process, and it was exciting to open our two homes in March 2017.
Our service currently supports six young people who are under the Guardianship of the Minister due to being unable to live with their birth families. The young people live in our care with support from our staff in residences that were purchased specifically for the program by investors who shared our vision. The homes are beautiful – they represent the commitment Uniting Communities has for providing exceptional care to our clients.
This program is innovative in that we combine residential care with holistic, specialist therapeutic support; we’re working with young people who have often experienced trauma, so it’s important that we’re more than just somewhere to live. We want the young people to feel like they’re truly part of the ‘Jo’s family’.
John Cooper, Aged Care volunteer “ 8
I see a way to help those who need it and to meet new people.
I WAS AWAITING AN OPERATION AND WANTED SOMETHING TO DO. MY WIFE WORKS AT UNITING COMMUNITIES AND KNEW THEIR AGED CARE TEAM WAS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS. IT MOTIVATED ME TO GET OUT.
I PICK UP CLIENTS AND TAKE THEM TO PHYSIO APPOINTMENTS AND EXERCISE CLASSES, THEN TAKE THEM BACK HOME. IT’S A GREAT WAY TO MEET PEOPLE – THEY’VE ALL GOT INTERESTING STORIES.
JUST SEEING SOMEONE SMILE AND BEING ABLE TO SUPPORT SOMEONE WHO NEEDS HELP IS THE MOST REWARDING THING. IT’S GREAT FOR YOUR SELF-ESTEEM TOO.
Each year, more than 500 people volunteer their time with Uniting Communities. From Lifeline Adelaide and aged care, to our Goodwill stores and Eastern Services, the contributions of our volunteers are central to helping people in our community to thrive.
Our thanks to everyone who has given and continues to give their time to support our work.
We also extend our congratulations to aged care volunteers, John Cooper and Steve Hooper, who were recognised during National Volunteer Week in June with Premier’s Certificates for their outstanding volunteering.
It’s been great to have the backing of the organisation as our team has worked to bring this program to life. The support of my managers and other staff from all around Uniting Communities has been invaluable.
PAID STAFF WORKING IN AGED CARE
WORKING IN DISABILITY AND MENTAL HEALTH
120 MORE THAN
STAFF MEMBERS ARE OVER THE AGE OF 60
STAFF ARE BASED IN REGIONAL AREAS
I’ve worked with Uniting Communities for just over four years now. I’ve worked in the not-for-profit sector all my career, and am excited to be part of an organisation that gives me the chance to develop professionally and try new things. In many ways, we’re unique in terms of the services and programs we offer, and I’ve felt encouraged to pursue new and rewarding career opportunities as a result.
The values and culture here are also important to me. My work environment is positive and caring, with lots of fun times, too, which helps the team manage the challenging nature of the work we do. We’re a modern and progressive organisation; I am proud to be part of a workplace that actively supports diversity and includes everyone. It’s been inspiring to see how this approach and support has extended to the young people we’re now supporting through Jo’s.
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