By Sarah* from Bega
I have been accessing Flourish Australia’s Bega service for about a year. The team works well together to give people first class service. They assess a person’s needs, strengths and weaknesses.
I have had the privilege to work with Kaylene David J, David S, Jane, Tala, Ben, Lauren, Ian, Hayley and Rachel.
I feel a bond with them. I have my bad days and good days and they guide me through all of that.
I have worked one on one first with Kaylene then with Hayley. I couldn’t gel with them straight away but in time, I formed a good bond. They all love working with me because I love a good chat and I am so easy going.
Hayley is such a gentle and kind person who knows how to assess the situation then goes on from there. She has helped me leave a domestic violence situation.
I am now enrolled in a community services course. I thought I was too old. I was used to my routine. Hayley and Rachel suggested that I do the course. It is a one-year Certificate III course individual support at TAFE, so I can work in the disability field myself. The reason for doing community services is to give back to the community, to help others as I have been helped. I give to charities e.g. Salvos, Vinnies and this is an extension of that.
Hayley and Ben also helped me move from a small two bedroom flat into a beautiful three-bedroom house with a lovely yard.
I can’t say thank you enough.
I feel stronger with the team behind me. I can do this community services course. I can do anything. Because they believe in me.
I am now a single mum of two boys (men). Robert* is a twenty two year old university graduate (Bachelor of Business) who is enrolled in a Bachelor of Computer Science starting in 2018. David* is an 18 year old who wants to give me grey hair and ride a bike around Australia and bring awareness to many issues! Issues like domestic violence, the environment and alcoholism.
I have my issues, but they believe in me as a person and don’t make people feel as though we have a ‘mental illness.’
Hayley, Kaylene and the team have helped me to believe in ‘me,’ that I am good enough that I can take on the world.
*Names have been changed by the Editor to protect privacy
Flourish Australia, 2/98 Carp Street, BEGA NSW 2550
(02) 9393 9115 or 1300 779 270