Nicole, achieving the right balance in work and leisure.
When Nicole started at The Bridge Connects in 2009, she expressed the desire to make new friends, get involved in fun activities and also gain the skills to get a job.
Always busy and ever determined, Nicole has sourced ongoing volunteer work with Casey Aged Care Centre and in 2011 completed Certificate 3 in Aged Care. Nicole has been an active participant in the VALID Self Advocacy group during 2010 and in the same year completed work experience at Safeway in Fountain Gate.
Living at home with her parents, who support and encourage Nicole’s goals and independence every step of the way, not only has Nicole achieved the above, but she also also competed a basic food handlers course, Cert 1 First Aid and is a pivotal member of the National Disability Bowling Team, and she competed this year at the 27th National Disability Championship in Queensland and has her eye on the big prize, the Victorian Cup, in the 2016 Nationals being held in Melbourne.
Back in 2009, Nicole lacked the confidence to speak up, travel independently and make decisions without support, however 7 years on, she is travelling independently to Connects in Clyde Road Berwick 3 days per week and with the some support from dad, Christian, Nicole is now travelling independently to Dandenong and attending The Bridge Works Next Step.
Next Step has further developed Nicole’s practical work skills, helping her to quickly realise her goals for attaining employment. Additional support to build her confidence to speak up in a work environment, comprehend workplace policies and procedures, prepare her resume, attend to front of house reception and transfer calls and now, learn to drive.
This year Nicole began Learner’s Permit training sessions run by Next Step and is looking forward to the upcoming 5 kilometer off-road training, where she will drive with a qualified and experienced driving instructor in a dual control car.
On that same day, Nicole will have the opportunity to sit and take the test for her learner’s permit.
Nicole’s journey with The Bridge is one of learning, fun, achievement and progress. Successfully negotiating the right balance of work and life, with weekends with peers, combining her volunteer work with additional studies, increasing her practical work skills and more!