The Disability Blog

Be Bold for Change, International Women’s Day (IWD)

  27 March 2017
Ebony and Emily at IWD lunch
At the recent Glen Eira Council IWD lunch, women with disabilities as a group was highlighted along with aboriginal women, as having significant barriers to accessing health, community services, employment and education opportunities in the community.
Ebony and Emily from Roads to Independence attended the event read about the event...

Jeremy, from Roads to Independence moves towards his goal.

  23 March 2017
Jeremy writing
Jeremy started at Roads to Independence with a strong goal to develop his writing skills. A writing course was found at Mordialloc Neighbourhood House.

He attends the course every Monday, at first he went with a Marriott Support Services volunteer but after four weeks he was confident to travel and attend alone.

Volunteering develops skills: Rosy at St. Peter's Primary School, East Bentleigh

  20 March 2017
Rosy at St Peter's School
My name is Rosy Lunam and I have been volunteering at St. Peter's Primary School for the last 3 years. I have been working very closely with a teacher called Ms Noble in Prep Grade.

Garry Washfold, General Manager, Marriott Business Enterprise is retiring after 27 years, here are his reflections.

  17 March 201
Garry and group from Marriott Industries
What have you been most proud of doing or being part of at Marriott Support Services?

I am most proud of the culture of Marriott and that we constantly work to keep it at its high standard and always looking for ways to keep improving.

Also the very positive impact we have on 300 people, with a disability, is something I feel enormously proud to have been a part of at Marriott.

Ryan extends his interest in First Aid.

  15 March 2017
Ryan with his certificate
Hi my name is Ryan, and this is my story…

I really like first aid and wanted to increase my knowledge in first aid so on the 2nd of November last year I did an Advanced Resuscitation course with Premium Health. I spent a lot of time researching and studying for this course. I enjoyed doing the all-day course.

3 reasons the partnership with Lend Lease on the Level Crossing Removals project is good news for Marriott Support Services

Beau working on the Level Crossing Removal Project
The Level Crossing Removal Authority will over the course of the next 7-8 years oversee the removal of 50 dangerous and congested level crossings. Many of us are experiencing the benefits of the removal of crossings at Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh stations.

It is a massive project and investment and in a first for Marriott Support Services we are partnering with Lend Lease and have a number of our employees working at the Centre Road Clayton crossing.

Here is why it is good news for Marriott Support Services.

Changing of the Guards

  10 March 2017
Erica and Andrea
I am about to take 12 months leave and so this is a great opportunity to welcome Andrea Wells to Marriott Support Services and to the role of Coordinator of Volunteers.

Changing careers - My Story, by volunteer Sean

  9 March 2017
Volunteer Sean with Marriott participants
While in hospital undergoing knee surgeries, I became interested in pursuing a career as a Patient Care Assistant or Rehabilitation Nurse – quite a big change from bricklaying, hotel management and warehousing, however, far more sustainable.

So, I enrolled in an Aged Care Certificate to gain entry level qualifications for a range of care roles, and this started me on a new path.

Certificate 1 in Transition Education and Social Impact – a volunteer’s perspective

  27 February 2017
Leanne and Dianne
Dianne Nesbitt has been volunteering in the Certificate I course, which is open to both supported employees and participants, since it commenced in July 2016. I asked Dianne some questions to gain insight into her role within the course.

What do you see people gaining from participation in this course?

My plan is to challenge myself and open doors I haven’t even thought about for the future, Abby Lunam

Abby and Nomaan
Abby has a pretty large footprint at Marriott Support Services, working at Marriott House and for over 2 years at Marriott Employment Options.

Now she is moving on and doing what we like to promote here at Marriott Support Services, in Abby’s words, ‘to challenge myself and open doors I haven’t even thought about for the future’.

Abby, what have you been really proud of/pleased to be a part of at Marriott?