He loves the fact that he contributes to helping children get better.
He is proud he is able to follow in the footsteps of his family members and work in a hospital. And he appreciates the support he receives from EDGE to overcome day-to-day challenges, so he can show up and consistently do his best.
For over ten years Patrick has worked as a kitchen-hand, first with Princess Margaret Hospital, and now with the recently opened Perth Children’s Hospital. EDGE has been there to support him every step of the way and his journey has been exciting:
‘I’ve been able to work with lots of different people and learn lots of new skills. I love the fact that I’m in a place that helps people and I enjoy sharing stories with people about the work that I do.’
As his mother Val shares, Patrick’s motivation to work is evident in everything he does and has positively impacted on their development as a family:
‘We have all grown through this experience, and as a family, we see the journey he has been on as invaluable. There is a job out there for everyone –
it’s just a case of finding it.’
Over the years, we have been committed to working with Patrick and his Employer to create a long-term employment opportunity that has helped him to flourish. More than just a job, for Patrick this has been an experience that has given him the confidence and self-esteem to explore what he loves in life.
In addition to maintaining quality employment, he has so far discovered a passion for the Fremantle Football Club, for competitive swimming, and for computing and business studies at TAFE. The security that comes from having a supportive workplace has helped Patrick explore many different interests.
Our role in this process has been simple, but invaluable. We have been there to empower Patrick to do his best work. A recent example being the shift from Princess Margaret Hospital to Perth Children’s Hospital where we were able to help Patrick navigate the challenges of a new workplace, new routines, and new transport schedules.
Patrick has been empowered to make a difference in this world. His story shows why we are committed to a future where everyone has the opportunity to secure and maintain fulfilling work.
Fulfilling work gives everyone, of all abilities, the opportunity to contribute their unique talents to their work, their family, and to society.