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Are you passionate about supporting young people to achieve their full potential?
Could you support young people in Out of Home Care to make positive lifestyle choices and develop independent living skills?
An award-winning employer and not-for-profit organisation, we’ve been changing lives for 30 years! We’re seeking Residential Carers for permanent ongoing and casual positions in Wodonga and Wangaratta.
Residential Carers support young people living in Out of Home Care because they cannot live with their families or in foster or kinship care.
A Wodonga-based not-for-profit organisation, Junction provides Out of Home Care for 12-17 year olds at residential houses across north-east Victoria.
Residential Carers also support young people at the Wodonga Youth Refuge, which provides emergency accommodation for 16 to 17 year olds and helps them to get back on track and move home or learn the skills to live on their own and secure permanent accommodation.
Junction has ongoing recruitment for residential carers to join our continued Care team because:
- Unfortunately the need for Out of Home Care for young people is growing
- Residential carers often move onto other roles within Junction Support Services
- Being a residential carer involves shift work
- Residential care can be a challenging role because carers are working with young people who may have experienced trauma such as child abuse, neglect or violence and have complex needs.
Continued Care manager Annie Shirley, who joined Junction as a residential carer 13 years ago, says it’s one of the most rewarding and challenging roles within the organisation.
“Our carers work with some of the most high-risk, complex and vulnerable young people in our community,” she said.
Annie says it’s incredibly rewarding to support a young person to make positive choices in their lives and to achieve their potential.
Residential carers receive training and ongoing support and we match the skills and experience of successful applicants to the young people in our care.
Recent changes to legislation mean there are now many other qualifications, such as nursing that enable you to apply. To find out if you are eligible, please contact our Senior HR officer Ginny Krich on 02 6043 7442
Apply today at junction.org.au/work-with-us
Congratulations to Sandra Dalton, who was reappointed as Chair of the Committee of Management at the 2016 – 2017 Annual General Meeting of Junction Support Services.
Junction is also proud to welcome a new Committee members Debbie Ireland and Gerard Crothers.
The Committee also comprises Sandra Dalton (chairperson), Alby Thomson (secretary), Sherril Hodgens (treasurer), Linda Phillip, Marianne Franke, Neville McCormick and Vern Hilditch.
The AGM was held at The Cube Wodonga and attended by about 90 people. “Changing Lives” was the theme of the AGM and Annual Report.
Sandra said that in 2016-17, Junction Support Services assisted an estimated more than 1600 children, young people, single adults and families across north-east Victoria.
Established in 1989, Junction’s mission is to work with individuals and families to support them to achieve their full potential.
Sandra said highlights of the year included being recognised as Employer of Choice at the Albury Wodonga Business Awards and the further development of innovative partnerships with the education sector, to better engage and support at-risk young people.
“Thanks to our Committee of Management, management team and staff for your dedication, passion, enthusiasm and commitment to our clients and our mission… Every day when you go to work you are changing lives,” she said.
ABC Goulburn Murray’s Gaye Pattison was MC for the AGM, which featured musical performances from staff members and a young client.
Each of Junction’s teams talked about their work and showed their passion for supporting clients to achieve good outcomes.
Specialist Adolescent Support Services highlighted their work on Navigator, supporting young people to re-engage with education, training and work.
Continued Care Service shared the challenges and rewards of caring around the clock for high-risk and vulnerable young people.
Youth Services talked about the innovative ways they engage young people and a former client shared her inspiring journey of breaking the cycle of family violence.
And Family and Children’s Specialist Services showcased a video documenting the team’s first ever stall at the Wodonga Children’s Fair.