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“My life has changed 100 percent” – Walid’s story

Posted November 20, 2023

Walid has found stability and a new life after finding a job he enjoys. When MatchWorks Employment Consultant, Natalie Broomfield first met Walid, he was feeling depressed. “He was grieving the loss of his mother, had no direction and felt like he had no hope,” she said. The Melbourne job seeker was having trouble finding work…

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Daniel is set-up for success in his own business

Posted July 26, 2023

Daniel is proof that even the biggest challenges can be overcome. The Adelaide born business owner grew up with a father who lived with schizophrenia. When his parents eventually divorced, trauma caused the then 15 year old into a downward spiral. “All throughout my upbringing, I had no strong father figure,” Daniel said. “Dad stopped…

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Tyler loving job with Coles 6 years later

Posted July 18, 2023

MatchWorks Corio and Coles Lara worked closely together to make Tyler’s dream job a reality. Six years later Tyler reports that he’s still loving his job. “I’ve worked at Coles for 6 years. The thing I like the best, the most, it’s the cash registers. I like working with the customers, they’re kind,” said Retail…

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Breaking the poverty cycle – Kate’s story as a refugee

Posted June 20, 2023

Kate Ngo was only two years old when her family fled from Vietnam and spent 3 frightening days at sea in search of a better life. It took years of hard work for her family to find a safe place to call home and break the poverty cycle. Fast-forward to today and the former refugee…

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MatchWorks partners with Disability Sports Australia

Posted June 8, 2023

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Disability Sports Australia, the leading national sports organisation promoting active lives and community inclusion. The innovative collaboration highlights our shared purpose to enhance the lives of people with disability and will focus on opening up employment opportunities in the sports and recreation sector. “Sport brings people…

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Connecting with inclusive employer the breakthrough Mdad needed

Posted April 20, 2023

Finding an inclusive employer who values Mdad’s skills and experience has given the former job seeker the opportunity he deserves.  The Bangladesh-born father-of-one is highly valued for his calm and professional approach with customers, and the warmth and positivity he brings to his team. But in 2021, he was out of work despite having an…

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Anthony finds new career with purpose after injury

Posted March 30, 2023

Mandurah-resident Anthony forged a new career as a Trainer and Assessor in response to a life-changing injury.  Two years ago, Anthony was unable to work after a debilitating back injury and was questioning how he would be able to support his family. He had spent more than fifteen years working in the civil construction industry…

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Kim finds her ‘happy place’ working with Barwon Health

Posted February 28, 2023

Only a few years ago, finding suitable and stable work seemed beyond reach for Kim. Fast forward to today and you might see Kim zipping happily through the streets of Norlane on her electric bike, on her way to work at Barwon Health North and looking forward to seeing her teammates.   After a long period…

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Madison finds job success with strong support system

Posted February 6, 2023

Madison Cooper has overcome several hurdles in her lifetime. The 31-year-old lives with an intellectual disability and found it difficult to find an employer who would hire her. But with a tenacious mindset and a strong support system in place, she is now working and ready to take more positive steps towards achieving her career…

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“I have found purpose in my life.” Cheryl’s story

Posted December 19, 2022

Cheryl has found a life-changing job after almost two decades of looking for paid work. The Norwood job seeker had been unemployed for eighteen years when she first came to MatchWorks in 2021. Depression, anxiety, diabetes and lower limb deficiencies were all barriers to work for the single mother of one. Cheryl’s confidence had hit…

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