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Jul 17, 2023

Tahlia becomes more independent by becoming a volunteer

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Soon, however, Tahlia was leveraging her work at the school canteen to advance her skills to be able to volunteer on her own. She now regularly volunteers on Tuesday mornings at Bunnings and Friday mornings at LIFECare24 Food From Life.

Tahlia’s mother Renae credits her daughter’s success in volunteering to the wonderful Northcott support workers who have been supportive over the years and who have made the skills development process a positive experience, not just for Tahlia but for herself too.

“All the Northcott services Tahlia has been accessing have been collaborating to provide Tahlia with quality services that are tailored to her,” says Renae. “The flexibility of these services has allowed it all to transition smoothly and we are extremely thankful for the support she has received.”

At Bunnings Tahlia’s work involves rotating potted plants, unloading and restocking plants on shelves and setting up new plant displays. Now requiring very little direction, it is a job Tahlia takes pride in and looks forward to every week. “My favourite plants at Bunnings are the pink ones,” she says.

“She holds her head high and walks straight in. She has really grown in independence.” says Laura.

Tahlia’s confidence has visibly improved over her time volunteering at Bunnings


At LIFECare24 Food From Life, Tahlia volunteers every Friday morning making coffee. Her confidence has grown so much she works her volunteer shift without her support worker present. “A support worker will pick her up, but otherwise she’s on her own,” says Laura proudly.

Tahlia agrees that volunteering has been a wonderful experience for her. “What I like best about volunteering is it makes you feel good,” she says.

We wish Tahlia every success in her professional and personal journey.

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