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Wesley ParentsNext Parent Stories

The parents participating in Wesley ParentsNext have been achieving some amazing things…

Good news and great joy for Paula at Christmas

Paula 810x540It will be a different Christmas in Paula Hawkshaw’s household this year. A phone call from an employer offering her a new job has proved pivotal in giving her hope and delight to her family.

After a lengthy–and often difficult–journey as a single mum of two, including a child with additional needs, Paula was offered the job of her dreams in aged care.

Paula’s path to employment began with a visit to Wesley Mission’s ParentsNext in Wyong, a program designed to help parents successfully enter or re-enter the workforce by the time their children start school.

“It’s the job I’ve always wanted. I love being able to help people who really need it, and put a smile on their face if I can.”

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Helping Renay rediscover her passion

Renay 810x540After leaving school in Year 10, she found her first jobs in the food industry and in retail, but soon suffered a back and head injury cutting her career short and impacting her confidence.

Renay had no job, few prospects and had not worked at all for more than five years. As a sole parent, she was struggling to care for and support her small but close knit family.

Through ParentsNext, Renay was able to identify a personal goal: to conduct laboratory work, particularly pathology.

“They helped me achieve my dreams and helped me not feel so alone in it all.”

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Supporting a single mum in following her dreams

Mia 810x540With encouragement and support from Wesley Mission’s ParentsNext program, a single mum from Sydney’ South West has opened her own hairdressing salon and discovered a new sense of independence.

When Mia* was unemployed and had her hands full looking after her four year old daughter, she was referred to the program by Centrelink. Without a network of support from other mothers, Mia found it difficult to identify and access activities that would help her “quite shy” daughter make new friends and learn new skills.

“When I go to Wesley Mission, it doesn’t seem like they’re working for someone, it’s kind of like I’m talking to a friend and they’re trying to help me out.”

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