The Opportunity Pathways Illawarra Shoalhaven team are now in their second year of operation, and it’s been an incredible journey so far. Despite the region being devastated both by bushfire and pandemic, the team have received over 180 referrals for people looking to kickstart their employment journey. They’ve also capitalised on Operation Hope services to start delivering care packages and build interpersonal relationships during tougher times. Finally, the team are expanding their capacity to serve First Nations people by seeking to employ an Indigenous-identifying support worker this year!
Meanwhile, through the Opportunity Pathways Hunter and Central Coast team, more and more people are finding their connection to employment with new premises now in Gosford, Blue Haven, Charlestown and Wallsend on top of the existing sites in Wyong, Tuggerah and Newcastle West. As restrictions continue to ease in the area, and we take on a fourth paid employment coach, it’s all good news. In May, eight people found new employment – fantastic news both for them and their communities.
Finally, the Opportunity Pathways Mid North Coast teams are continuing to work with local service providers all the way from Tuncurry to Coffs Harbour, helping to recruit and engage prospective participants and secure stable employment. This year, the teams have learned the value of flexibility, allowing individuals to choose their own pathways as they’ve felt comfortable this year.
The Wesley Disability Employment Services Lower Hunter team are continuing to grow their services, with premises in Wallsend, Charlestown, Newcastle West, Raymond Terrace, Salamander Bay and Toronto. The teams are working on a one-to-one basis with people living with a disability, to help them find employment, education, or meaningful volunteer work. The Wesley Disability Employment Services Mid Coast team support people in Taree, Tuncurry and Gloucester.