Weeroona Employment

Support Work FAQs

What is Support Work?

Support Workers are employed by Weeroona to support individuals with a disability and their families in day to day tasks and activities.

What do Support Workers do?

Individuals and families decide how and when they use their support. The actual job can be variable, depending on the needs of the individual and families.
Here are a few examples of what may be expected by a Support Worker :

Supporting someone in their home:

Supporting someone in the community:

Supporting the whole family:

Host Family Support:

Could I be a Support Worker?

IIf you derive satisfaction from assisting someone to do the things they like, to be as independent as possible, to be able to pursue their interests, to support them to be connected to the community. If you are looking for something that offers challenges and rewards, if you are energetic and have the ability to imagine yourself in another person’s shoes, then perhaps support work is what you have been looking for.

Can I make a living doing this?

Families and individuals use their support on an ‘as needs’ basis, so there is no guarantee of full-time work. However, because support workers can work with more than one family, it is possible to build up your working week. It takes a little while to be connected with enough families but good Support Workers are always in demand.

What sort of hours can I work?

Families may choose to use their support any time of the day or night, seven days a week.
Support Work may not be regular work from 9-5. Support is not always required at the same time each week. Support Workers need to be as flexible as possible; at the same time we will try to work with you and when you are available.

What do I need to become a Support Worker?

You will need an up to date First Aid Certificate and CPR certificate, a driver’s licence and access to a registered, reliable vehicle. You will also be required to obtain a Positive Notice for Criminal History when you begin work. Also necessary are a good heart, an open mind, a positive attitude, good listening and communication skills and a willingness to learn.

What sort of training would I get?

Most training will be provided when you are placed with an individual or family. You will be taught by individuals and families themselves and sometimes other Support Workers. Depending on the support required training may also be sourced from other services or educational places. Weeroona also offers regular training opportunities on areas of Manual Handling, Occupational Health and Safety and Duty of Care.

Will I like it?

If you enjoy seeing others blossom, if you have a good work ethic, if you believe that there is a place for everyone in the world, then you will probably enjoy support work. You will go home tired but happy at the end of the day. Your beliefs and values will be challenged and your view of the world altered. You will get as much out of support work as you put in.

How do I apply?

Weeroona’s staff are more than happy to answer any questions and to provide you with an application form. An application form can also be found in the Forms page.