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Complete this suitability assessment questionnaire to assist you in deciding whether you would be suited.
Are you a rebel? Do you like to challenge the system? Take risks, a thrill seeker, someone who likes to have fun? Do you care about the world and the people in it? Some of the most vulnerable people need someone to stick up for them, stand by them and have fun with them.
Do you need to fit shifts around uni? Can you do some night work, where you get paid to sleep but are ready to help out if needed.
We are a not for profit NGO that supports young men who have had difficult lives. We accommodate people who have disabilities and are generally high functioning. They need some help getting organised through the day. There is no personal care involved. Most of our accommodation settings are at farms so you would be working alongside people helping them get through the day, looking after animals such as sheep, kangaroos, alpacas, dogs and chickens.
The staff we employ are generally young people who may have trades or go to uni, mums who want to work flexibly to spend time with their kids and young people who are interested in helping others.
Come meet our team, it might be the kind of job that becomes a career!
Day-In-The-Life’ of a typical SASS employee :
He is a 28-year old university student and finds he has significant and regular time on his hands. He is a compassionate young man and while he would like to find a way to ‘give back’ he’d also welcome some additional income.
Working at SASS is the ideal solution for him. He can rotate between evening and day shifts as his Uni roster allows.
Terry didn’t have any formal qualifications in social welfare before joining SASS, but he was more than happy to learn on the job and gain specific qualifications via training as his career developed.
At work, he looks after Simon; a 22-year old, intellectually disabled man with some very challenging behavioural problems. It took a while to gain Simon’s trust, but now they are good mates.
They spend the entire day together, from breakfast until after dinner. Simon is reasonably self-sufficient in most things, so Terry doesn’t need to provide any personal care, but he helps guide Simon, counselling him on everything from how to tidy his room, do his chores, cook basic meals, feed the farm animals and even how to hone his skills in FIFA 18 on X-box.
Night shift is pretty quiet as Simon is in his room by 9:30pm. So, unless something happens in the middle of the night, Terry can relax and sleep through until it is time to wake Simon and get the day underway and handover to the daytime carer.
There is a long way to go, but one day Simon will integrate back into society and become a valuable member of the community. Seeing Simon slowly but surely becoming more confident, capable and independent gives Terry a great sense of achievement, knowing he has had a positive impact on this young man’s life.
*Terry is a fictitious character, but accurately represents the type of person employed by SASS.
We like to employ people with varied life experience. Like Terry you don’t need to have certificates in community services to work for us. In fact we prefer it if you don’t! You are expected whilst working with us to gain the qualification and we can direct you to Registered Training Organisations that can flexibly work in with your needs. All we ask is that you have a current Australian drivers licence.
The process of gaining employment with SASS is the following:
At your cost
SASS/SALS loves to have social work students and disability support worker students on placement. We could even facilitate other types of placements if there is an outside supervisor, ie Developmental Educator. We have several social workers that can supervise the placement.
You get a full experience of working with clients who have different issues such as the following:
The main theories that we use in our practice are the following:
Services we work with include:
Click here to view FAQ’s from NDIA about students on placement with NDIA customers.
We have a number of locations you can work at, including rural areas. Our central learning hub is Murray Bridge however we can facilitate a range of sites.
Please contact our Clinical Services Manager Amanda Clarke on 0418682368 for further information.
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