1. Tell us a little about your background and why you decided to become a Disability Support Worker?
I had a brief stint in Nigeria where I worked with kids of different intellectual capacities and I enjoyed the fact that I was able to make an impact in their lives. When I migrated to Australia last year, I identified the disability support services as a sector where I could continue to be impactful.
2. Why did you choose to work with Edmen?
I have a friend that was working with Edmen at the time and he told me how very people-focused the organisation is. He had wonderful things to say and he encouraged me to apply.
3. What kind of work do you do on a day-to day with your clients?
I assist with personal care, meal preparation, community access, administration of medication, social interaction, etc.
4. What has your experience been like working with Edmen?
My experience has been nothing short of amazing. Having started off in Newcastle, I moved to Sydney and the transition was so smooth, and I have the service coordinators to thank for that.
5. What’s your favourite memory as a Disability Support Worker?
It was when I met a man in church and in the course of our conversation I told him I was a Disability Support Worker, he then told me he had a daughter with a disability and asked what I do when I go to work. After I told him, he remarked that I ‘basically love people for a living’.
6. What impact do you feel you have on your client’s lives?
I have helped them to see themselves beyond the disability they may have. To see that there is more that can be got out of life.
7. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a Disability Support Worker?
The most rewarding thing for me is that it helps me see more value in myself in that I help other people see value and meaning in themselves.
8. What do you love most about your role?
What I love the most is that I am able to help others.
9. Would you recommended Edmen to other people looking to work in the industry?