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Opening Doors for Job Seekers

Opening Doors for Job Seekers

The loss of a family member can have a devastating effect on those left behind. It is especially hard for parents who lose a child, as was the case for Louise*. After her son passed, Louise was understandably grief-stricken. With no job, she was unable to pay for professional treatment, and turned to alcohol to numb her pain.

When Louise met Community Solutions’ Employment Consultant, Casey, she was suffering from severe stress, and had been out of work for nearly a year. Casey knew that while finding a job would go some way towards helping Louise to get things back on track, it was not the only solution.

"Casey knew that while finding a job would go some way towards helping Louise to get things back on track, it was not the only solution."

“After speaking with Louise and hearing her heart-breaking story, I knew it was important to connect her with counselling services,” explains Casey. “Finding a job can be a stressful exercise, and I wanted to make sure Louise had plenty of support through the process.”

With a program in place to provide mental health support for Louise, Casey began working with her to identify potential employment opportunities. “Louise is actually a very bubbly and supportive person, but she didn’t want a role in which she would have to deal with customers. She didn’t want people asking her how she was or finding out about her personal situation,” says Casey.

"Casey and the Community Solutions team also ensured Louise had access to work-ready clothing, transport to get her to and from her new role, as well as a phone and credit."

Recognising her natural talent for caring for people, Casey recommended Louise for a position with Endeavour Foundation. The employer was delighted with Louise’s kind nature and was also happy to provide flexible hours to take into account Louise’s health barriers. 

Casey and the Community Solutions team also ensured Louise had access to work-ready clothing, transport to get her to and from her new role, as well as a phone and credit.

"Since taking on the role, Louise has a more positive outlook on life and has become less dependent on alcohol."

Since taking on the role, Louise has a more positive outlook on life and has become less dependent on alcohol. She is hoping to increase her hours soon, and is also looking at going for her drivers’ license and undertaking training in disability support work. Louise says she is loving her job with Endeavour and is glad to be working as part of a team and having access to a regular income.

If you know someone who could benefit from an employment services organisation that goes the extra mile for its clients, visit the CoAct website to find your nearest provider.

*Name has been changed for privacy reasons

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