Don’t quit!

Nicholas reckons work is better than a gym membership

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Nicholas, age 22, accesses our service at Goulburn. At the start of 2014 he started to work on one of his recovery goals: to gain employment. Nicholas linked in with a local employment provider who had a great amount of motivation and drive to see Nicholas succeed in his goal.

Nicholas completed some training in two Hospitality areas: Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) and Responsible Service of Gambling (RSG). Eventually, Nicholas decided his passion was to work outdoors, and now that’s just what he does in collecting trollies.

Nicholas commenced working for DPB General Services as a Trolley Collector at the local Woolworths in the Spring of 2014. We asked NIcholas a few questions about his new job.

Panorama: What has been the most important aspect of gaining employment for you?

Nicholas: The most important thing to me about this position is that I can control my emotions and take control of my mental illness.

P: How has working affected your future outlook?

N: It allows me to afford a bit of luxury in my life and helped me to be positive. Part of my recovery has been doing the affirmations – knowing that I don’t have to be in hospital and I can contribute to the community.

P: What do you see as health benefits of working in your role?

N: I have lost some of my belly! Working helps me with my mental health, gives me a reason to stay well, keeps me on track and gets me out in the community more. Working keeps me engaged in the community. It’s better than a gym membership.

P: What is the worst thing about your job?

N: The hardest thing for me is trying to keep the trollies out of people’s way, without running into them or their cars.

Well, that’s something I think we ALL find challenging!

A recovery tip from Nicholas: Don’t quit, because everything has a good and a bad side. Take control of your destiny.

-Reported by Siân Mason at RichmondPRA Goulburn

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