My name is Asad and I have been working for CLO for nine months so far. Before joining CLO, I wanted to study a mental health course because my passion comes from living in a country before Australia with no mental health services and seeing a lot of my friends and family struggling with it and unable to seek help. I believe that there is nothing to be ashamed of if someone is suffering from mental health issues, I want to able to support them and offer advice when I can. During my journey as a support worker, it has been rewarding and I have learnt new skills. Working in the Mental Health Project has helped a lot because we receive a lot of valuable training and hopefully I will soon be ready to apply for a course to further develop in that area. I am very fortunate to work with different participants in a different environment and gaining new skills and knowledge that I never thought I would in any industry.
I was inclined to apply at CLO based on the organisations values. I started off as a Person Centred Support Worker at a 1:1 site.
I spent my days assisting with personal care, community engagement, ADL’s, and created many developmental programming tools. After three months, with the support and training provided from my Client Services Coordinator at the time, I was offered an Acting Client Services Coordinator role in our Southern Metro team which I jumped at the opportunity.
Through my acting role I was faced with many challenges that I had not experienced as a Support Worker; such as facilitating training sessions, staff meetings and liaising with Guardians, Mental Health teams and other external stakeholders. Through this opportunity I gained a lot of experience with the support from my Regional Manager who guided me and helped me develop the necessary skills that led to a successful interview with the Mental Health team.
I have now secured a position as a Client Services Coordinator in the Mental Health Project which has enabled me to further my experience and broaden my Mental Health vocabulary. I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity to prove my abilities and I cannot wait to continue to make a difference in the lives of those we support.