Working on a Brighter Future: Matthew’s Making a Difference Working with the Elderly

Matthew never thought he’d be where he is today, doing what he loves and working toward a qualification in Individual Support.

Raised in the foster care system and experiencing the trauma of abuse, his young life was made even more difficult with a diagnosis of Dyslexia. Matt struggled through school with little support, his formative years a cycle of anxiety and depression.

He became a recipient of a NDIS package and after years of trying to find a suitable provider to assist him, he found a provider and support workers who motivated and encouraged him to believe in himself and to gain the confidence he needed to pursue his aspirations.

Matt has always had a kind and generous soul. Borne of the loving and trusting relationship he had in his formative years with his Nan, and the time he spent supporting her in her later years, Matt felt that his calling was to help elderly people in the community who need support.

Hindered by a variety of obstacles encountered as a young at-risk person, Matt took a chance and applied to volunteer at Graham House Community Centre. He volunteered for a year and a half providing transport for the elderly. He loved the work and received affirming acknowledgement from clients including many notes of thanks and praise for his kindness, generosity and respectful nature. This experience confirmed his resolve to make a career out of supporting those in need and to work in aged care. “The elderly deserve so much more than they currently receive, and it’s sad,” Matt said.

Relocating to Brisbane, Matt decided the time was right to take the plunge and he enrolled in the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) with Skills Generation. He has worked with his trainer to create a road map to grow and extend his capabilities and is progressing well. He still relies on some support for his personal wellbeing; and that support is playing an important role enabling him to achieve his learning goals.

Matt feels he is now on the road to a bright and prosperous future, but admits that it didn’t always seem like that was going to be possible for him. He wants people to know that despite your background, barriers can be overcome and there are people out there who will help you.

We are so proud of Matt and his achievements so far and wish him well as he continues to make a positive difference in his life, and the lives of others!

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