Employer (Kallara Care) Finds New Staff, WDEA Works Bendigo

Kallara Care prides itself on supporting a diverse range of people with different life experiences. The organisation has been providing a supported residential service for many years, focusing on improving the lives of people experiencing disability and mental illness.  

Owner of  Kallara  Care  Glenn Smyth felt that engaging with WDEA Works recruitment services to help find suitable staff made perfect sense.  

Four people standing in front of the Kallara Care sign which is in a graden at the front of the building
L-R Jo Wrigley, Nicole Weeks, Luke Gitsham & Denise Ozols

Our business is supporting individuals from all walks of life.  Having employees with lived experience of mental illness and disabilities provides an insight unknown to others.  It is the life experiences of those living in or working within our services that make it the inclusive, diverse and helps create the accepting community we strive for,” Glenn said.  

Disability Support Worker Denise Ozols approached WDEA Works in 2019, looking for some assistance to find a new job. WDEA Works suggested Denise as suitable candidate for a role at Kallara last July. 

“I chose WDEA as my service provider after hearing positive feedback from other WDEA clients. Being a mature worker, I was unsure of my prospects, however, in a short space of time WDEA spoke to and submitted my resume to several employers on my behalf,” said Denise.   

The WDEA Works team spent time getting to know Denise, finding out about her interests, skills, experience and values. The Disability Support Worker role at Kallara transpired at the perfect time. Employment Consultant Luke  Gitsham knew  Denise would be a good fit with the organisation and would receive the necessarysupport in the role.  

WDEA Works continues to maintain their support of Denise at Kallara, ensuring she is able to now work in the open labour market independently. 

“I’m thrilled the role has been so successful for Denise, seeing her find a meaningful and ongoing role in her chosen career is incredibly rewarding” said Luke.  

Owner Glenn is happy that the role has turned out so well for both Kallara and Denise.  

“I knew after meeting Denise she’d be an asset to our team. Seeing her great attitude and her desire to help those in our community with disability and mental illness is exactly what we look for in staff,” said Glenn.  

Based on the success of Denise’s employment, Glenn continues to liaise with WDEA Works whenever he needs new staff members. As an employer Denise utilises WDEA Works recruitment services to find the right candidate.

“It’s difficult to find staff members who are job-ready, supported, willing and committed.  With so many demands on management within the business, I’m grateful to have WDEA Works to be able to find the right person for the right position,” he said.  

Denise hopes to be able to continue working at Kallara until retirement, with her new role providing independence and fulfilment.  The disability employment services Bendigo at WDEA Works are open for current jobseekers. 

“Along with a regular income, Kallara Care is a workplace with supportive Management,” she said.  “I love making a positive difference to people’s lives alongside a team of professional, caring and fun-loving staff.” 

If you think WDEA Works Bendigo may be able to assist you in finding employment or staff please contact us! 

 

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