Our new ‘CARS Stars’ series is designed to recognise the achievements of some of the exceptional people on our team who go over and above to help our wonderful clients on their journey to belong, be independent and be themselves.
Stacey has been with CARS for over 6 years as a valued Support Worker, and has also recently taken over coordinating The Hub Passion for Life program for people over 18 living with disability.
We asked Stacey a few questions about his background and his job.
1. Tell us a bit about your background
I’ve done almost everything in my working life – from pottery, working as a chef, paving, landscaping, working in a plant nursery, training, boat building, art, hospitality, office work, café management, construction – you name it, I’ve probably dabbled in it at some stage.
I guess this is why I’m so interested in helping people with disability learn lots of different skills – I’ve learned a lot over the years and while I may not be the best at everything, I love passing my knowledge and skills on and helping people pursue their interests and passions.
2. What role do you play for CARS?
I worked as a Support Worker for about 6 years with CARS, and in 2017, I learned that CARS was planning to re-launch the Hub with a new focus on achieving individual goals and offer different groups of activities to help clients learn new skills and reach their goals in a fun, immersive and enjoyable way.
I jumped at the opportunity to coordinate this new program, bringing my previous experience working for other disability-focused programs and services, training and coordinating programs for large groups of people, with a strong focus on individual passions and achievement.
3. What do you love about your job?
Every day is something completely different. Each day brings a unique opportunity for one of the people at the Hub to have a breakthrough. It could be the smallest thing – just seeing a smile on the face of someone who doesn’t smile much, or hearing someone laugh with pure joy because they’re experiencing something completely new and delightful. Or maybe it’s seeing someone who’s usually isolated making not just one, but several new and good friends and their excitement each time they see them. Or seeing someone conquer a new skill and realise they’ve learned something new.
There are so many things – it all comes down to seeing people expand their reality, achieve new things and feel good about it, no matter how big or small that change is.
4. What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
I dabble in painting and playing the guitar. I’m probably not great at either but I really enjoy both… and you don’t need to be perfect to love doing something. I try and teach the Hub participants that exact same philosophy.
5. Would you encourage others to take up a similar role? Why?
When you see that tiny, small change that you’ve helped someone achieve, or that incremental new skill they’ve learned, you feel on top of the world – you’ve made a difference and helped someone improve their life. I think that’s the best feeling and is completely priceless. I don’t know if there are many other jobs where you feel like that, but I wouldn’t trade this job for anything.
Dancing at The Hub Open Day