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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Calling for community care champions

Eurobodalla’s community care sector is growing rapidly, with jobs aplenty for those with an interest in providing direct support to elderly residents and people with disability.

Council’s community care manager Sally Pryor said there was a serious need for more support workers locally, with many retiring or leaving the industry over the past two years, and others unable to complete their studies because of the pandemic.

“Eurobodalla has double the national average of people aged over 65 and more than 3,000 residents who need assistance due to disability,” Ms Pryor said.

“Our population is growing and ageing, and increased numbers of people with mobility, cognitive and sensory disabilities need support.”

Council’s community care service supports more than 120 people living with disability as well as 140 senior residents. Ms Pryor says more workers are needed to join the team.

Applications open Monday 6 February to recruit 13 new support workers.

“Our support workers play an important role in helping people stay connected in the community,” she said.

“They provide care, support, and empower their clients to achieve their goals and fulfill their interests.”

Robert Strahan is one of Council’s 45 community care workers and has been in the industry for more than a decade.

“I love being out and about working with people and helping them achieve their goals,” he said.

“Whether that’s helping them save money, organise appointments or work towards a life experience like joining a social club or to get out in nature. To help people live more independently is a rewarding feeling.”

Mr Strahan said every day on the job is different.

“Some days I could be popping in for a 30-minute chin wag and other days I’ll be driving them to an appointment,” he said.

Council’s community care services are unique in that opportunities are provided for support workers to cross into different areas of interest and take on further training while on the job.

“People can transfer their skills across both aged and disability sectors, and we can offer part-time, casual and full-time equivalent hours,” Ms Pryor said.

The support worker role requires a Certificate III in Individual Support or equivalent.

To help potential applicants The Job Shop at Moruya is holding a ‘how to apply session’ on Wednesday 8 February between 11am-12pm. To book a spot contact Amy Kovacs on 4474 7380 or amy.kovacs.esc.nsw.gov.au

Moruya TAFE is offering fee-free studies starting mid-February.

To apply for one of Council’s support worker roles, visit www.esc.nsw.gov.au/jobs

Above: Council support worker Robert Strahan with client Tim D’Wit jam together by the veggie garden.

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