Finding meaningful employment can give you a greater sense of independence and provides opportunities to get involved in the community, meet new people and build your skills and experience.
Rocky Bay’s STEP program can help you find tailored, sustainable employment to match your personal goals, strengths, interests, abilities and support needs. Our STEP program stands for:
By taking the time to get to know you, your interests, goals and career aspirations, we will work with you and your family, supporters and potential employers, to identify and develop your skills and find the perfect career and role suited just to you.
Take a look at how the program has helped some of Rocky Bay’s customers!
Leah to the rescue!
Leah, a bubbly 21-year-old with Down Syndrome, had been searching for meaningful employment for some time, and even though she had extensive work experience, paid employment in the general workplace eluded her.
With support from Rocky Bay’s STEP program, Leah discovered an unmet need at local business, Hush Day Spa.
At the time, Hush staff were taking towels home to wash each night. Sensing an opportunity for a micro business, Rocky Bay and Leah approached the spa and offered to collect their used towels, launder, fold and return them for a fee. Leah has been handling the spa’s laundry for 5 months now and has made a massive difference to the staff and business.
“Leah is doing an amazing job!”– Claire, Owner Hush Day Spa
New avenues open for Markus
Like many young people his age, 17-year-old Markus loves his sport and is passionate about AFL and cricket. When the time came for Markus, who has muscular dystrophy, to finish school, he was keen to find work in the sporting field.
“We are thrilled with the new opportunities that have come Markus’ way and are grateful Rocky Bay has been able to provide Markus with the right assistance to pursue his passion.”Chris and Marion, Markus’ parents
Matching Markus’s passion for sport, and his identified skills in office and administration, Rocky Bay’s Community Transition team worked with him to secure work experience with The West Australian, Channel 7 and the West Coast Eagles. Read his story here.
Conor finds his niche
When Conor, 18, first started with Rocky Bay’s STEP program, he was interested in entering a career in hospitality or retail. After completing a number of placements in these fields, it became clear Conor had a hidden talent – data entry and spreadsheets.
Using his speed and accuracy on a keyboard, Conor, who lives with autism, was able to secure a paid position with commercial cleaners, DC Enviro, working four hours a week in their head office. Since joining, Conor has developed new Excel skills during his time with the company and assists the team to send sales emails – even helping to generate sales leads! Conor also performs a number of other administration tasks which the business simply hadn’t had the time for before he came on board.