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MatchWorks job seeker placed in supportive environment

Geelong job seeker Mason presented to MatchWorks Geelong looking for independence and felt this would be found through employment.

The 20-year-old, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, had recently completed a Certificate IV in Accounting at the Gordon TAFE to increase his employability. He had also been volunteering with Springdale Neighbourhood Centre in Drysdale.

Mason didn’t have a car or licence and wasn’t very confident in catching public transport. MatchWorks is assisting by funding driving lessons and will provide further assistance for licencing in future.

MatchWorks was also able to place Mason in paid employment with Springdale Neighbourhood Centre in late November. Mason works for eight hours on a Monday as a general assistant, completing various tasks as directed by the coordinator Anne Brackley.

Mason enjoys his work at Springdale and is continually learning in a supportive environment. His main duties include managing and updating the website and archives.

“I like the people I work with here. I previously worked in hospitality, so this is far less stressful,” he said.

“I like how Anne, in particular, is so accepting of my ideas and encourages me to put them forward. It’s also nice to see how Springdale Neighbourhood Centre interacts with the community. This employment has opened up a lot of connections for future employment possibilities.”