Disability in the Workplace: Sodexo & Campbell Page Find Sue a Job

After coming to Australia in 1998, Sue was in and out of employment until 2001 when she registered with employment services. She had always struggled to find and maintain a job due to her disability.

Sue suffers from chronic back pain which limits her range of movement and decreases her mobility.

I struggle to sleep some nights because of my disability, so you can image how difficult finding a job was. – Sue

Sue had limited experience and had only ever held jobs in factories where she had to complete highly physical tasks that would often put a strain on her back disability. With no formal qualifications under her belt, Sue was determined to find a job that made her happy, no matter how much work she had to do to get there.

Campbell Page helped me not only realise my dream but reach it.

Sue enrolled in the Hospitality Program at the start of 2017 completing her Food Handlers Certificate, Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate (RSA) and Hospitality Employability Training.

I saw an opportunity at Sodexo for Sue and got her shortlisted her for an interview – Tracy Stammers

Tracy drove her to the interview and supported her through all required checks, the application process and in completing her online on-boarding package.

I have now started working and am so happy to be in an environment where everyone is friendly, supportive and understanding of my limitations. I cannot thank Campbell Page and Sodexo enough for believing in me and going the extra mile.

Sue secured the job as a Food Service Attendant at one of Sodexo’s Aged Care Facilities and is thoroughly enjoying her new role. She joins Natarlia, who is also a previous Campbell Page, who was employed by Sodexo since the start of 2017.

Campbell Page has partnered with disability confident employer Sodexo to change the way we think about disability in the workplace. 

Since 1996, Sodexo has been the global leader in services that improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organisational performance. Operating in 80 countries, Sodexo serves 75 million consumers each day. Sodexo in Australia employs a diverse workforce of over 4,000 employees and delivers a unique array of over 100 integrated services. Sodexo’s success and performance are founded on its independence, its sustainable business model and its ability to continuously develop and engage its 425,000 employees throughout the world.

Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming people’s lives through securing long-term employment. To find out more about Campbell Page, please continue to browse our website or contact us directly.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au 

Mental Health Matters: How Kynie Found a Job and Built Her Confidence

After 12 years of unemployment, Kynie connected with Campbell Page IPS in South Australia, to help her find a job while also keeping her mental health in check.

The road towards training and employment has not been an easy one for Kynie. She has experienced mental health issues that have made it difficult to not just find a job but maintain it. So when she teamed up with Campbell Page, she was excited but slightly hesitant to get her hopes up.

The first 12 months with Campbell Page saw Kynie overcome numerous barriers and uncover skills and attributes she never realised made her an ideal candidate for different roles. However, for a six-week period, she disconnected and was relatively unreachable.

Eventually, I got on to Kynie and let her know that we cared about her and that she could come back at anytime with no questions asked. – Dorothy Pitcher, IPS Specialist.

Dorothy’s persistence with Kynie paid off, as she returned to Campbell Page to continue to build her skillset and find a job she enjoyed. At this point, Kynie revealed that she had a special interest in working within the community sector. Almost immediately, Dorothy sprung into action, and together with Kynie, she secured a spot in a Community Services Introduction Program with the local community house, Para Hills Community Centre.

I told Dot that I wanted to work in the community sector and would love to become a Mental Health Mentor one day and she was so quick to help me reach my goals. – Kynie

After completing the program, Kynie was beginning to feel confident in herself and as if she now had a good foundation of knowledge. She voiced to Dorothy that she would now like to further her skills and training by completing her Certificate IV in Individual Support at Enhance Training and Recruitment.

Kynie with her two puppies who assist with her mental health management

Fast forward to present time, and Kynie is in the last week of her placement and has been offered paid employment at SA Care. Congratulations Kynie, it appears all of your hard work has paid off!

Kynie firmly believes that the support and guidance she has been given from Campbell Page through the IPS Program is what has helped her find her way and keep her mental health on track.

The IPS Program enabled me to work at my own pace and ensure that my mental health was in check. My puppies have also helped keep me grounded and my mental health well rounded. – Kynie

Kynie will continue to receive support from Campbell Page while she commences the first six months of her employment with SA Care.

Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming people’s lives. If you or someone you know struggles with their mental health, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website for more information.

IPS stands for Individual Placement Support and is a program that Campbell Page supports through our Disability Employment Services. To find out more about our DES services, please click here or contact your local Campbell Page Hub directly.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au

Eden Magnet: $270,000 Funding boost for Eden’s future

Campbell Page will receive $15,000 for the Eden Community Playgroup, a service that assists in early childhood development and enhancing the lives of children up to eight years old and their parents, as well as a further $50,000 for them to continue to provide a safe drop-in space for young people at their Youth Centre.

To read the full article please click here, or to visit the Eden Magnet website please click here.

Staff in Focus: Your Story is My Story

My name is Zoe and I’ve been on both sides of the ‘desk’ at Campbell Page.

I’ve been with the organisation for 6 years. In that time, I’ve had a few roles at different hubs and collected lots of stories along the way.

I know first-hand the difference that our support can make to a person’s life, because once upon a time I was a Campbell Page job seeker.

Your story is my story.

As a young person I had a situation at home where I needed to move out. With the help and support of the Campbell Page community, I could do it.

The time and energy that was put into me, meant that I ended up finishing school and building a life for myself. I was definitely inspired, so when I was ready for work – I applied for a job at Campbell Page.

I’m now in such a lucky position to be able to do what I do, the actions that we take at Campbell Page make a big difference in people’s lives – I think it’s easy to lose sight of that sometimes.

I know very well the value of what we do and it only takes a few people to care.

I was taught how to improve my own life when I needed it most. I was given a chance and for that reason, I am dedicated to making sure that we give every one of our customers that opportunity.

Sometimes I share my story with job seekers to let them know that I do understand, that I’ve been there, in their shoes – sometimes that personal insight helps connect them with future possibilities.

We all have a story to share. My situation is not necessarily the same as yours, but I do know what it’s like to need support and an opportunity to find work. I’ve been at the other side of the desk and I know that things can change and before you know it, your life can turn around completely.

Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming people’s lives through securing long-term employment. If you would like to find out more about us, please continue to browse our website or contact us directly.

Be Seen in 2017 Career Expo

Campbell Page is dedicated to transforming people’s lives through securing long-term employment, and this year we are doing so through our Be Seen in 2017 Campaign.

On the 6th April, we held our very first Be Seen in 2017 Career Expo at the Frankston Bowling Club  from 10 am through until 2 pm. Over 18 employers held stalls at the Be Seen in 2017 Career Expo, with over 102 Campbell Page customers turning up on the day, resume in hand, to interview with potential employers.

We believe that everyone deserves a chance and as a part of our Campbell Page community, you deserve to be seen and to be heard. – Ross McLatchie, National Program Manager DES

our partner employer SODEXO with a Campbell Page customer the teh Be Seen Career Expo
To kick off the day, Deputy Mayor of Frankston Cr Toms spoke to all in attendance about how proud he was of his community and the work Campbell Page is doing.

Last year they (Campbell Page) helped over 6,000 people into work… Together we can work together to continue to lower the unemployment rate in the city of Frankston. – Deputy Mayor Cr Toms

By 10:20 am one Campbell Page customer had already progressed to the next stage of interviews, which demonstrated immediately the success this event would bring for our customers and our partner employers.

Campbell Page employee Raquel standing with Campbell Page customer at the Be Seen Career Expo

The employers present on the day included SodexoRoyal District Nursing Service, Tip Top, Dress for Success, Peninsula Aquatic Recreation CentrePuffing Billy and Nepean Industry Edge Training.

The secret to the success of our Career Expo is having on board employers who are aligned with our social inclusion and diversity principles such as Tip Top. These partnerships take time to develop, but once established the outcome is far greater. – Cassandra Warin, National Disability Employer Partnership Manager

In total, 32 out of the 102 Campbell Page customers moved through to formal interviewing. Of these 32, 8 connected with Tip Top, and 6 connected with Sodexo Australia.

Over 70 interviews were conducted on the day, and nearly half of those resulted in the Campbell Page customer progressing to the next stages of recruitment, I am thankful for everyone who came on the day, especially our employers and customers.  We are already looking forward to the next Be Seen in 2017 Career Expo! – Sarah Ham, Business Manager – Peninsula

Another session will be held in Frankston on the 26th of April. Plans are currently in place to see another Be Seen in 2017 Career Expo held in both Frankston and Sunshine later in 2017.

Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming people’s lives through securing long-term employment. If you would like to find out more about us, please continue to browse our website or contact us directly.

 

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au

“I joined the Green Army because its chance to look after our country”

Felicity is based in Laura, which is roughly two hours inland from Cooktown. She is one of our remarkable Green Army Team Supervisors that helps lead our Mary Valley and Thenacull teams to success.

We sat down with Felicity and asked her what she loved about the Green Army:

What do you enjoy the most about the Green Army and Campbell Page?
“Living in a remote indigenous community has proven hard for locals to gain employment. Campbell Page has given us all an opportunity to work and it has been great that Campbell Page have provided so many people and youths an opportunity to be employed, which in return has shown people their self-worth and dignity.”

What have you learnt from the Green Army?
“The Green Army has given us the opportunity to work with the land we all love to help protect our nature and wildlife. It has provided us with the knowledge on how to look after our Country without having to be a qualified Ranger.”

Why did you want to be a part of the Green Army?
“I wanted to join the Green Army because, its chance to look after our country. It is great that the programme is based in remote locations as it has given our community a chance to learn and grow without having to relocate”
The Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action programme that supports local environmental and heritage conservation projects across Australia. It is an Australian Government Programme for young people aged 17–24 years who are interested in protecting their local environment. Participants receive an allowance and gain practical skills, training and experience in environmental and conservation fields.

Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming people’s lives through securing long-term employment. To find out more about us, please click here to browse our website and contact us.

Ditching her locks for World’s Greatest Shave

After 17 years as a hairdresser, Aileen decided to ditch her luscious locks in a bid to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation through World’s Greatest Shave.

Aileen is a  Campbell Page client from Taylors Lakes who, after obtaining an injury, was left unable to continue working full time in her chosen field. While attending appointments with Campbell Page, Aileen found out her Aunt had been diagnosed with Leukaemia.

It was such a shock, and I wanted to help in any way I could. That’s when I decided to participate in the World’s Greatest Shave to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Aileen with her employment consultant after shaving her head for Worlds Greatest Shave

Giving has always been somewhat of a family trait. With Aileen’s Father promptly putting his hand up to be her Aunt’s bone marrow donor, she felt even more of a need to shed light on the disease and raise money to assist researchers in finding a cure.

Everyone has said to me, “This is a huge deal Are you sure you want to shave your head?” My reply has always been simple – “Yes, beause at the end of the day it isn’t about me and my choice. It’s about trying to help the foundation and the people who don’t have a choice in the matter”.

Throughout all of this Aileen has remained focused on finding a job, ideally within the hairdressing industry because of her passion, skills and 17 years worth of experience in the field.

I’m looking at all of my options. I know I can’t go back to working in a salon full time because of my condition, but i’m thinking that maybe starting my own business through the NEIS Program and Campbell Page might be the answer as I will have more flexibility in my hours. That might be dow the track though. I’ve also thought about looking into becoming a Sales Representitive in the industry. I’m certainly not giving up that is for sure.

World's Greatest Shave: On the Left Alieen Bfore she shaved or hair. On the right Aileen after.

You are an inspiration Aileen – never give up!

The World’s Greatest Shave is one of Australia’s most iconic fundraising events, where people of all ages shave or colour their hair to raise money to emotionally and practically support the families of people with blood cancer, and provide funding to vital research. If you wish to donate, Aileen is still raising money through this link until June 2017: http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/aileenlichoudaris 

Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming people’s. If you would like to find out more about us please visit our website or contact us directly.

 

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au

 

 

Staff in Focus: Illawarra South Area Manager

Lots of things excite me about what we do but the most important thing is changing people’s lives. We do that a lot. We do it all the time, in all the offices, in all of our interactions. We do all we can to help people to get where they need to be in life, where they have a purpose.

Having been part of Campbell Page for 5 years, I’ve been able to share some amazing times with colleagues and clients. Living locally, I am reminded of our work long after the job seeker moves on and that’s the best part of my job.

We give people choices – we allow people to live a life filled with options – something they haven’t had before.

To me, that’s what we do for people. We give them the opportunity to make choices about where they live, what they do with their time, where they go on holidays and what they do with their life. Some situations are tougher than others but I’ve always believed the harder you fight for it, the better the reward. I try to pass that on to all the job seekers that I work with.

Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming people’s lives through long-term employment. To find out more about Campbell Page, please visit our website or contact us directly.

Green Army Graduations

Congratulations to our Wingecarribee and Killalea Green Army teams who finished the Illawarra and Southern Highlands Region projects earlier this month.

Over the past two years, Campbell Page Skillset have completed 16 projects with Killalea State Park and 2 projects with Wingecarribee Shire Council.

Together our 122 participants have reached outstanding results by propagating over 32,000 plants and treating over 145 hectares of weeds.

To all our participants, we wish you all the success for the future. To Matt Roach, thank you for leading all 18 teams to great success. Finally, to our project hosts – thank you for all your support and dedication to the Green Army, we couldn’t do it without any of you! – Kristie Kelly

Green Army graduates standing in front of hedge after being presented with their certificates

The Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action programme that supports local environmental and heritage conservation projects across Australia. It is an Australian Government Programme for young people aged 17–24 years who are interested in protecting their local environment.   Campbell Page are one of five service providers delivering the Green Army Programme for the Australian Government. To find out more about Campbell Page, please visit our website or contact us directly.