Link December 2018 Volume 27 Issue 6 - Page 46

employment Nathan is pictured with Audrey Quealy from Glasshaus Nursery and VMCH disability support worker, Simon Barry. wheelchair that would allow him to stand up to work in his garden, sell his plants at local markets and interact with customers face-to-face when talking to them. “Nathan’s VMCH support team also worked closely with Nathan to Blossoming passion help him set up his own business selling his plants at community markets on weekends,” she said. “His occupational therapist contacted nurseries in the local area asking them to consider Nathan for a job until one day she found the It did not take long for Nathan Hoare’s new boss to work out that he had a good employee on his hands when he started working at Glasshaus Nursery, in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. “I Nursery. A VMCH support worker accompanies him to the shift that usually lasts for two hours.” Paul said bringing Nathan on board has been a good experience can see that Nathan gets happens to barrack for the same and he would encourage other a lot of benefit from being footy team as I do, so it all works out employers to make their workplaces in a beautiful environment well. He comes in, pots plants, and more inclusive. and dealing with nature as all of us we have a bit of a joke about the that work here do, that’s one of the footy,” Paul said. reasons we do it,” Paul Hyland said. “We enjoy having him around and I’m glad that he enjoys it too,” Paul said. Austin Street Manager, Jo “It’s really good for staff members Herbert, said before Nathan’s here as well. When you see someone, Catholic Homes’ (VMCH) Austin accident, where he fell from a two- who has had an accident like Nathan’s Street, Victoria’s first purpose-built storey building, he was a plumber’s had, and they can still have such a residence for 10 young people with apprentice. positive outlook on life, it’s pretty Nathan, 31, lives at Villa Maria an acquired brain injury who may otherwise live in nursing homes. Nathan’s passion is horticulture and one of his goals since arriving at “One of the things he missed was the mateship with his co-workers. So, he loves that now,” Jo said. Jo said one of the major goals inspirational.” VMCH, in partnership with registered training organisation Catalyst, is offering Certificate I Austin Street has been finding paid of the NDIS is to assist people with in Transition Education and Work employment. disability who want to work to have Education courses in 2019 and is the resources and support to do so. looking for people who are leaving Paul, who owns Glasshaus Nursery, in Swan Street, admits that She said for Nathan, the journey school at the end of 2018 or ready to there is another reason Nathan has to his goal started with Austin take their next steps in life to come the boss’ approval. Street staff and other supporters and explore employment and further fundraising more than $20,000 education opportunities. “It helps that he’s got an infectious personality and he 46 suitable place for him at Glasshaus employment for him to purchase a standing