Thomas S

Thomas S
December 6, 2020 Thomas Smith
Personal Details
First Name
Thomas S
Suburb
Paddington
Locations will travel to
Brisbane Inner Suburbs
Brisbane North
Brisbane West
Employment Type
Contractor with ABN
Profile

I would be well-matched with clients who enjoy being creative and are hoping to find an outlet for their interests in the community.

I have worked with many clients with an interest in music and creativity and have a lot of experience matching people to activities in the community and supporting them to be involved.

Also because of my interest in music I often help my clients tell their stories and turn them into songs. This can be a great way for us to make a connection and can be a springboard to other opportunities. I am happy to include a specialist music component into my regular shifts. The process of putting a story into a song strengthens the idea that life is a story which changes all the time and which we have control over.

In 2014 I had about 6 clients I was supporting and had written songs with. We decided to bring them all together to meet and share their stories and songs. We called the group Whoopee-Do Crew and are still meeting every week in West End with many of that original group. As being inclusive is the focus of our philosophy we have had many members from a wide range of backgrounds including many accomplished musicians. We are often asked to perform at community events. Many of the clients I have supported have become involved in Whoopee-Do Crew, though I only encourage those that feel this is the right activity for them.

As a support worker I see my role as not just helping clients to pursue their ideas and dreams but to enrich my own life as well. I don’t just work with clients passively supporting them; I believe I am of much better use when I am doing something that excites and inspires me too. I believe this is modelling healthy relationships that benefit both parties.

I look forward to discussing the possibilities of us working together.

Availability
Availability
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Availability Details

I can be flexible and change existing commitments to suit.

Experience / Exposure to Disability
Disability Support
Disability Support Adult
Disability Support Child
Acquired Brain injuries
Autism
Intellectual Disability
Vision Impairment
Non-Hearing
Down Syndrome
Mental Health
Depression
Anxiety
Schizophrenia
Bipolar
OCD
Support Areas
In the Community
Recreational Activities in the community
Shopping and Errands
Keeping Fit - going to the gym
Art Therapy
Hydrotherapy
Music Therapy
Singing
Dancing
Golf
Cycling
Water Sports
Basketball
One to One Support
Social Companionship
Additional Information
Specialist Skills
Music Teacher / Therapy
Education (child)
Education (adult)
Requirements for Employment / Engagement
Current
Blue Card
Criminal History Screen
Application in Progress
First Aid
Current CPR
Relevant Insurance
Other
Happy to work with pets including therapy dogs
Happy to use own vehicle while travelling in the community
Personality
Personality
Calm
Patient
Cheerful
Outgoing
Chatty
Friendly
Sense of Humour
Energetic
Positive
Creative
Enthusiastic
Proactive
Great Listener
Problem Solver
Hobbies Interests and Passions

My work and hobbies do tend to overlap a fair bit. I’ve been very lucky to be able to incorporate my love of music and song writing into my professional life. A lot of my recreation time is spent writing, rehearsing and recording music and organising community and semi-professional music events.

I have a number of different musical projects where I have written songs on a particular topic. For each topic, I develop a specific character that I dress up as to perform the songs and play the part. For example I wrote some country rock songs for a character called The Cowboy Preacher and some synth pop songs for a character called the Techno Alien. I love performing and am so grateful for the connections and friendships I have made through music

Also I love staying physically active with swimming, bike riding and playing tennis with my daughter.

Recent Career History

Mar 2014 – present Whoopee-Do Crew
Song Writing/Performance Workshop Facilitator

Highlights include:

Gailes Community House Song Writing Workshops 2014/2015

St David’s, Coopers Plains Seniors – Storytelling/Music, July – September 2015

W.E.C.H Community Inclusion Through Music Phase 1 and 2, 2016 – 2018

4ZZZ Documentary ‘Home Truths’ (Storys and Songs) Ozcare Hostel, 2018

Bric Housing Weekly Song and Story Workshops, 2019,

Dept of Community Funded CD, ‘All the People Cheer Me Up’ 2019/2020

Dec 2018 – Dec 2019 Support Worker/Community Inclusion and Creativity
Place to Belong, Anglicare

Jan 2016 – Dec 2017 Therapeutic Play/Story Telling/Music Therapy in Aged Care Facilities
Arts Health Institute

Feb 2013 – present Community Inclusion through Music/Support Worker/Mentor
Bespoke Lifestyles
Paddington, Qld.

Feb 2012 – Feb 2013 Community Teacher (Music/Song Writing)
Yiyili Aboriginal Community School
Yiyili, WA

June 2007 – Dec 2011 Case Worker/Music and Creativity Workshops
Personal Helpers and Mentors Program
Open Minds
Woolloongabba, Qld.

April 2006 – Dec 2006 Arts and Recreation Co-ordinator
Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Service
Mater Hospital, Sth. Brisbane

             

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