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Wesley Disability Employment Service expands support in the Lower Hunter

22 May 2017 Wesley Mission news

Disability SupportJob seekers with a disability are being supported by a new and free employment service in the Lower Hunter, which will not only gets them job ready but provides on-going support.

Wesley Disability Employment Service has been operating a five-star rated service in the Manning and Great Lakes area since 2010 and following this success has been asked by the Department of Social Service to extend its support.

The Disability Management Service will specialise in psychiatric disability and reach Wallsend, Charlestown and Newcastle West, with an outreach to Salamander Bay, Raymond Terrace and Toronto.

The Lower Hunter team are supporting and providing information to Job Seekers as they move towards employment. They are also helping clients meet their Centrelink obligations and are addressing any barriers to employment.

Wesley Employment & Training Program Manager, Les Chant said his team of five are helping Job Seekers set achievable goals and undertake realistic and genuine job searching.

We want Job Seekers to become productive employees in local business, Mr Chant said, “Once employed, we can provide support for up to 52 weeks. Our aim is not only for our clients to find work but to stay in work”.

When vocational training is an option for a client our team can assist them in making an informed choice to ensure that it’s the correct course for the person”. “Securing employment is empowering and life-changing not only for the client but their family, friends and the community.

WDES local staff have a wide range of employment backgrounds. They help clients develop employment and training plans and suggest alternatives or strategies to achieve their goals. They also work with other service providers, doctors and allied health professionals in supporting a Job Seeker.

If aged over 55, Job Seekers have the option of volunteering to meet their Centrelink obligations. Our team can help them identify recognised organisations and show them how to lodge their forms with Centrelink,” Mr Chant said.

The free service also supports employers.

We can help local business with wage subsidies to assist with the cost of hiring,” Mr Chant said. “Our staff can short list and refer suitable candidates for jobs but also let employers know if we don’t have the right person for the job.

“Wesley Disability Employment Services networks with local community services and other Wesley Mission services in the area to provide the best possible outcome for Job Seeker and employer. We consult with a broad range of businesses enabling us to short list the most appropriate candidates.