Mother and son Caroline and Jake are disability support workers for Darcy. Caroline introduced Jake to the care and support sector and Jake says he’s never looked back.
Take 2. And mark.
I think my first session with Darcy was going to basketball and hoping that it would all go really well, and his dad was here and he said,
"You'll know straightaway if he likes you, if he accepts you."
And it was, boom, we just hit it off, and, yeah, my life's been better since.
My first path to, kind of, meeting Darcy was through Mum.
I was involved in activities.
Darcy’s got such an infectious personality - like, he lights up the room.
Previously doing my other career in real estate and then transferring over, the part I enjoyed about real estate was getting to help people and that kind of interaction with people - getting to know them stories, and that's kind of essentially what we're doing here moving into the disability support work.
What colour's that? What...
Wahey! I got one!
You need four, remember.
I did work experience at 17 in the disability sector, and now I'm working full-time in that.
I've given up my job at the hospital, and I knew that this was my passion.
You right? Whoo-hoo! Whoo, whoo, whoo!
One, two, three.
Let's go! Whoo!
As soon as I kind of made the transfer across into the disability support industry, I knew straightaway there was a sincere lack of, kind of, not just young people, but young males. I think there's a bit of a stigma about the industry necessarily.
They don't get to see how amazing our day-to-day basis is for our jobs and the people that we get to spend our time with, and I don't feel like I work a day in my life, really.
Like, it has its hard moments and things like that, but, yeah, the pros always outweigh the cons.
You got six strikes! Smile.
When you see how he is enriched by absolutely everything - even with bowling, each strike is like it's the first strike. And that's how we all should be living.