20 April 2021

Disability Support Worker – Day Supports

Roisin (pictured right with Peter and Jack) joined OC Connections in 2018 afer moving to Australia from Edinburgh.

Having previously worked in a Transition Service supporting adults aged 18-24 with disability in Edinburgh for two years she was happy to find work in the same field in Melbourne.

As a Disability Support Worker, Roisin supports people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their goals while taking part in activities of their choice. Many of these activities are based in the community, where she supports participants in integrating and engaging in everyday activities. Her days are filled exploring Melbourne, visiting parks and gardens and trampolining!

Roisin enjoys watching participants confidence develop while in the community and says community activities provide many opportunities to make it easy to work with a participant in reaching their goals, whether that be transport training, money management, speech therapy, or fitness.

With the onset of COVID and new ways of operating during lockdowns and restrictions such as Centre-based 1:1 support, Roisin has put a positive spin on things, admitting though while challenging in some respects, it forced her to get creative in the way she supported participants and provided the chance to focus on achieving smaller goals during this time.

Roisin’s long-term goal is to do a Masters in Social Work, but she would like to continue in providing support to people with disability for the next couple of years. She feels a part of a strong and supportive team at OC Connections, where colleagues work well with each other, sharing strategies and advice for best practice.

Her advice to anyone wishing to enter the disability sector as a support worker is that you must be open minded, patient and caring. “Then it’s just really fun and rewarding,” she says.

Find out how you can work in disability with OC Connections here.