Our People’s Stories
Receiving positive feedback from our supported employees is one of the most rewarding aspects of our business. Here are just a few of our success stories from our wonderful supported employees.
After struggling with fluctuating work for years, Bianca sought something stable and rewarding. Bianca’s mum found an ad for Hands On SA in the newspaper and suggested that Bianca try it out. Now, after two years, Bianca works alongside her husband and appreciates the independence and value that Hands On SA brings to her life. She is glad she took the initial chance and tried something new because she now feels confident in her role and doesn’t look back.
Kelvin had passed a cleaning services course but had difficulty securing employment. He felt that many organisations were worried about taking on an employee with a disability. Despite this, he was committed to finding a job. After seeing an ad in the paper for Hands On SA, Kelvin applied and was offered a job. Coming from a manufacturing background, Kelvin felt most comfortable in assembly work. Now, over five years on, Kelvin demonstrates impressive productivity and says that he feels like he accomplishes a lot every day. Keeping active stimulates both his physical and mental health, and he reports that working has made him a happier person.
Sue is a longstanding supported employee with Hands On SA. It was over 8 years ago when a friend in her unit recommended coming on board. Sue said that she was sick of watching the four walls of her living room and wanted to get outside the house. Even when her friend later left Hands On SA, Sue found that she had made a solid friendship group and liked the friendly staff and so decided to stay. Today Sue is independent, catching the bus to work every day and working across a range of jobs. She especially likes jobs where she can keep her fingers busy, like packaging and mail campaigns. Sue is disappointed that she will be retiring soon and leaving the Hands On SA community, but looks forward to spending time on her hobby of arts and crafts.