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Having recently completed a Certificate III in Individual Support (disability) through a traineeship with Momentum Collective, Emma joined the Grafton team in April 2022.Top of Form

Inspired by a desire to make a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals living with disabilities, particularly in the aftermath of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Emma’s goal is to assist people in navigating daily living complexities, fostering community connections, and promoting independence.

“On-the-job training has been a crucial asset, shaping and enhancing my skillset during my journey at Momentum Collective. Immersed in this hands-on learning experience, I’ve deepened my understanding and applied classroom knowledge. It’s been about more than just improving my interpersonal skills – it’s been about embracing and conquering new challenges every day,” says Emma.

Being part of the Momentum Collective community has been instrumental in Emma’s growth as a Support Worker. While there were initially tough challenges, they significantly broadened Emma’s perspective and deepened her understanding of the individuals she supports.

In her role, Emma has encountered diverse clients, each with a unique story. One particularly transformative experience involved supporting a young client with behavioural challenges. Over the past year, Emma witnessed the client’s remarkable progress in emotional regulation, following directions, and self-expression.

Emma recently won the prestigious Student of the Year award at Momentum’s annual Bravo Awards night.

“The moment I found out I won Student of the Year took me by surprise, and it was incredible. It made me feel genuinely seen and valued for my contributions to our organisation and, more importantly, for our valued clients.

As Emma envisions her future in community service, she plans to continue her education and knowledge to enhance her professional skills. The journey, while uncertain, is one she embraces with enthusiasm.

In sharing her experiences, Emma emphasises the importance of continuous learning, keeping an open mind, and active listening. She also underscores the significance of recognising when to prioritise self-care, a crucial aspect often overlooked in the demanding community services field.

If you’re interested in student placement or working in the disability sector, please call our friendly team on 1300 900 091 to find out more information.