At just 15 years of age, Jake Weissel may have found his dream job with the help of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Carers Queensland NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community program.
Jake volunteers on the Mary Valley Rattler once a month with a support worker funded through the NDIS, and his mum Rachael can see a really bright future for him.
“Jake loves the Mary Valley Rattler because of his fascination with trains. He has a full uniform and he punches passengers’ tickets and ensures they are enjoying their experience safely and comfortably. He is developing positive self-esteem through building his customer services skills and he’s also meeting lots of new people” Rachael shared.
Jake has autism and an intellectual disability, and gaining employment experience featured as an important part of his future goals during his initial meeting with a Carers Queensland Local Area Coordinator.
“It has been important for Jake to be independent so that when he is an adult he has skills, connections and links with different organisations and has a better chance of getting a job” Rachael explained.
“Jake has just completed a work placement for his Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE ) where he worked one day on the farm at a local not-for-profit disability provider. He had a support worker during his time there, funded through the NDIS.”
“Jake loved his prac, and it would not have been possible for him to do without the funding of a support worker as I work full time.”
Jake is learning other important life skills thanks to his NDIS funding, with a fortnightly shopping and cooking tutorial and joining a Friday night social club that takes him ten pin bowling at Alexandra Headlands.
“Since getting his funding, Jake’s happier. He’s a lot more mature, has more self-confidence and he is more motivated. He’s cooking at home and helping me out. He is achieving self-worth and finding that he does indeed have a place in the community.”
Locals from the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions who would like to find out more about the NDIS or attend free information sessions can contact NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Carers Queensland on 07 5409 3300 or SunshineCoastLAC@carersqld.com.au