An opportunity to volunteer
Living on the spectrum, Jamie was able to access NDIS supports through CHESS Connect, which helped him engage in social activities and explore work experience opportunities after he graduated Year 12. This led Jamie to his role at the Golf Club, where he began as a volunteer in late 2020.
Jamie, an avid train enthusiast and metal detectorist, loves all things motorised, so catching the bus to work with the golf carts in the Club’s workshop aligned perfectly with his passions.
The Club crew and a collaborative team of Disability Employment and NDIS staff devised a plan to implement tailored workplace practices. They created step-by-step routines for Jamie in his roles cleaning and maintaining the golf carts, making deliveries, and working in the club public area.
This established framework and schedule allowed Jamie to gain confidence, build his skills and thrive in his new job.
In addition to these supports, CHESS Connect was able to procure tools to help Jamie in the workplace, including uniforms and workplace equipment – which has made work in the mechanic bay smoother and more efficient. Jamie was also supported to get his RSA so he can perform duties in the bar area of the club. So far, he’s pulled two beers and is considering his options for a third.
After 6 months of on-the-job coaching, Jamie transitioned into open employment, just as the club expanded its fleet of golf carts – keeping Jamie and the crew busy!
CHESS Connect is an established regional community organisation that provides Jamie with a range of strength-based services including Disability Employment and NDIS School Leaver Employment and Social Supports. The team at CHESS Connect continue to assist local employers to build a workforce that reflects the community and create opportunities for people with disability to contribute to workplaces in a positive way.
CHESS Connect delivers DES services as a member of the CoAct Employment network.