Our Support Stories

Day in the life:
Julia, Disability Support Worker at Inclusion Melbourne

What it’s like to be a support worker at Inclusion Melbourne?

I have been working at Inclusion Melbourne since 2017 and have loved every minute of it. Inclusion Melbourne is an inclusive workplace who have supported and developed my skills as a support worker. The main reason I chose to work with Inclusion Melbourne over other organisations, is that their core values align with my own

What does a support worker do?

My role is to support individuals in a person centred approach, so that they participate in their local community, achieve NDIS goals and develop socially valued roles. I identify and remove barriers to make sure everyone I support has the same opportunities to participate in all aspects of their life as a person without a disability would.

What makes your job meaningful?

Being a disability support worker brings meaning to me based on my own personal experience. Growing up with a mother and sister both with diverse disabilities, I have developed a great appreciation for services like Inclusion Melbourne, who offer personalised support. Being a support worker means I’m able to give back the support that was given to me and my family.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Every day is so very different! and that’s what makes it interesting and diverse. I don’t work your typical 9-5 job at the same place 5 days a week. I meet the people we support in their homes or at their workplaces, meeting for activities all across Melbourne. In terms of what it is I do, it depends entirely on the person I support, their goals, interests and needs. Some of the things I’ve personally done while at Inclusion Melbourne include developing a person’s literacy and numeracy skills at our training facility, working one on one with them to gain paid employment and supporting them to access their local community art program.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

What I enjoy most about my job is making people feel included, and supporting them to reach their goals. Seeing smiling and happy faces is also very rewarding