Employee Catherine is proof that people with disability can not only find and maintain long-term jobs but can also be a drawcard in the local community.
Customers often seek out Catherine at Woolworths Narangba, where she recently celebrated 15 years of employment.
EPIC Assist (EPIC) helped Catherine find the job at her local Woolies, and have been supporting her in her role ever since. Her older sister Jolleen celebrated her 15-year anniversary last year.
During that period, the sisters have been involved in many different aspects of the business, from preparing biscuits to restocking shelves.
EPIC’s Maureen Winton has been supporting both sisters for 13 years and has witnessed great changes and developments.
“Over the years, the girls have continued to build independence in the workplace, which has been great to see,” said Maureen.
Maureen says Catherine has also become more independent and is engaging more with her colleagues and customers.
“Catherine enjoys the social aspect of working and feeling part of the Woolworths team.”
That team has seen several managers over the years, all of whom have been supportive of the sister’s journey.
Woolworths Assistant Manager Karrissa says Jolleen and Catherine are valuable members of their workforce.
“Jolleen and Catherine get along amazingly with the team and they love having them onboard. They are part of the family,” Karrissa said.
“We love the girls being part of our team and it wouldn’t be the same without them. They are an asset to our team.”
EPIC stays on the journey with our participants for as long as they need us, whether it be a month, a year, or ongoing.
“I love making a difference to the participant’s life and watching them become more independent,” Maureen said.
“Observing the participants smiling and feeling good about their achievements: that’s what makes it worthwhile for me.”
This ongoing support means people like Jolleen and Catherine can maintain meaningful work and make a positive contribution to their community, all whilst building their confidence and independence.
If you, or someone you know, is looking for support with their employment journey, get in touch today.