New podcast to smash misconceptions around employing people with barriers

Today, MatchWorks is delighted to launch Breaking Barriers, a new podcast exploring remarkable stories about why work matters, and how it’s changing the lives of some incredible people.

In this series, broadcast journalist, Natalie Jones discovers:
• A GAMER using imagined worlds to create better realities.
• Two mad-keen sports fans who found their dream job working alongside some of Australia’s greatest sporting heroes.
• And we check into Hotel Etico – Australia’s first ‘social enterprise hotel’ where holidays create opportunities.
• But first, Natalie meets a woman who fled for her life from Iraq and is now using her lived-experience to help other refugees.

Hope in her heart – Atoor’s story

In this episode of Breaking Barriers, Natalie hears the heart-wrenching story of a woman who escaped to Australia after life-threatening circumstances forced her to flee Iraq. How did a MatchWorks program assist her with overcoming trauma and finding meaningful employment?

Atoor Tamris is a courageous woman, driven by a passion for improving the wellbeing of others – first by helping young victims of conflict in Iraq, then caring for her elderly parents, and finally assisting refugees in positions just like she was when she arrived in Australia.

Hotel Etico – where holidays change lives

In this episode of Breaking Barriers, Natalie talks to the inspiring minds behind Australia’s first Hotel Etico – a social enterprise hotel that provides work and training for young people with intellectual disabilities. Discover how the team knocks down barriers and changes perceptions, while creating pathways to open employment.

Our guest is Stella Sgambellone, someone who took a step back from working in businesses driven by profit to make a real difference. As General Manager of Hotel Etico, Stella found her place to shift community perspective of people with intellectual disabilities.

Mad-keen sports fans find their careers

In this episode of Breaking Barriers, Natalie finds out how a Melbourne football club’s social impact programs are creating life changing results for young sports enthusiasts looking for work. From a young man with disability receiving a job opportunity within the club, to another man building valuable work skills to achieve his career goals in the sports industry – it seems sport and employability training are a great match.

Our first guest is Josh Marshall, a passionate cricket fan from Tasmania, who moved to Melbourne to pursue his dream job in sports administration. Blake Henderson is our second guest, a soccer fan this time, whose determination to be involved in the sport remained strong through devastating life events. How has the Melbourne City Football Club assisted these young men on their journeys?

genU GAMER – transforming lives through role play

In this episode of Breaking Barriers, Natalie discovers the unexpected power of games like Dungeons and Dragons, and how support workers can use role play to transform the lives of people living with mental health and autism. How does this unique activity help people to gain confidence and develop interpersonal skills? Our guest today is Paris Conte, a telecommunications business owner turned mental health support worker – whose gaming-related epiphany has led to some amazing results for socially isolated young people.

About Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers is a new podcast exploring remarkable stories about why work matters, and how it’s changing the lives of some incredible people.

At the heart of our organisation’s work is building inclusive communities where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can live more fulfilling lives. Breaking Barriers sheds light on the positive impact that can be achieved when employers embrace diversity and inclusion, and shares stories of hope for listeners who can relate to the challenges and adversity faced by our job seekers.

We hope you enjoy listening to these podcast stories. Please subscribe to hear more Breaking Barriers stories.

MatchWorks acknowledges the traditional owners of the land we have recorded this podcast on, the Whadjuk Nyoongar people. We pay our respects to their elders past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

About our host

Natalie Jones is a broadcast and digital journalist based in Perth, Western Australia. She has previously worked in Melbourne as a producer on Jon Faine’s ABC Mornings Program, in Broome as a TV and digital news reporter, and in Kalgoorlie as a talkback radio host. Natalie also spent time in marketing, in acting, and creating educational videos and free resources for teachers and children.

She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Broadcasting from the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), where she received the 2008 Lilian P Kavanagh award.

Natalie loves to travel, hates to cook, and is mother to a young son. She currently works for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, producing talkback radio.

Podcast produced by Lush The Content Agency.