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.
I can be flexible and change existing commitments to suit.
Disability Support Child
Acquired Brain injuries
Shopping and Errands
Keeping Fit - going to the gym
Criminal History Screen
Happy to use own vehicle while travelling in the community
Sense of Humour
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.
Mar 2014 – present Whoopee-Do Crew
Song Writing/Performance Workshop Facilitator
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
Feb 2012 – Feb 2013 Community Teacher (Music/Song Writing)
Yiyili Aboriginal Community School
June 2007 – Dec 2011 Case Worker/Music and Creativity Workshops
Personal Helpers and Mentors Program
April 2006 – Dec 2006 Arts and Recreation Co-ordinator
Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Service
Mater Hospital, Sth. Brisbane