Ser­vice is work­ing won­ders for Rhonda

Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

FOR In­dige­nous job­seeker Rhonda Ford, find­ing em­ploy­ment that also al­lows her to give back to the com­mu­nity has not been easy.

A lim­ited ed­u­ca­tion and med­i­cal con­di­tions made it dif­fi­cult for her to find a sus­tain­able job.

But through hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion, and sup­port along the way, Rhonda is now in a role where she can help oth­ers do­ing it tough in Rockingham.

Not-for-profit em­ploy­ment ser­vices or­gan­i­sa­tion Work­skil Aus­tralia helped Rhonda se­cure a job with WA-based Ruah Com­mu­nity Ser­vices in a role where she is now de­liv­er­ing sup­port in a pri­mary health care con­text to peo­ple with men­tal health con­di­tions.

“Work­ing in this role has brought me fi­nan­cial free­dom and built my self-es­teem,” Rhonda said. “Since I have been work­ing in men­tal health, I’ve re­alised how well off I am.

“There are so many peo­ple in a bad place, of­ten home­less and suf­fer­ing men­tal health is­sues.

“I am also for­tu­nate in work­ing within a re­ally good team.”

Rhonda is among the first co­hort of job­seek­ers Work­skil Aus­tralia has helped find work since it opened 14 new of­fices in WA in March.

Help­ing oth­ers is what Rhonda Ford has al­ways wanted to do and with Work­skil’s in­put, now has a job do­ing just that with Ruah.

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