Since 2010, Barkuma and Regis Aged Care have worked together to find meaningful work for 10 people with disability. Regis Aged Care was founded 22 years ago to give people a high quality aged care choice. They provide a wide range of services to older Australians including in home care, day therapy and retirement and residential accommodation options. Regis Aged Care strive to promote and enhance the quality of life for residents by making them the focus of everything they do, this includes employing people which align with their values of optimism, passion, integrity and respect.
One of their premier South Australian facilities, Regis Marleston is a sweeping, lovingly maintained, Federation style building making it a stunning environment to live or work. Julian, Josue, Olivia and Hayley are all Barkuma job seekers who make part of the 100 strong team at Regis Marleston. Michelle Schupelius, Facility Manager at Regis Marleston says “Each person from Barkuma has been grateful for the opportunity and staff and residents have seen them blossom and become engaged and well respected staff members. Barkuma has been able to not only provide support for their clients but also to the organisation. ”
Hayley, who completed Barkuma’s Transition Program in 2016, works at Regis 3 days a week as a Food Services Assistant. Her role includes serving food, setting tables and general cleaning. Hayley says “Without Barkuma’s help I don’t think I would have survived, as there are lots of things I have to do for my job. The people at Regis are really nice too, the residents really love to have a bit of a chat.” Barkuma’s Transition Program is coordinated on behalf of the Department of Education and Child Development and aims to assist final year students with disability and learning difficulties make the transition from school to future pathways. Hayley says “Being in the workforce can be difficult, but it gets easier each week when you have support. After working for 6 months my confidence has grown a lot and I feel like I’m doing a good job. I don’t think I would’ve got here without the Transition Program and Barkuma.”
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