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 clients 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 my client with personal care, community engagement, ADL’s, and created many developmental programming tools that enabled her to build on her current skills. After 3 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.