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Volunteering opens the door to employment, Taylor’s story.


By Jennifer Lumsden, May 22 2019

It is National Volunteers week, and we want to shout out about the contribution of our volunteers. Taylor, who started volunteering in 2017 brought her energy and wholeheartedness to Marriott Musos.

From Volunteer to employee

At the time, Taylor was a psychology student who wanted to add to her skills by volunteering and in November 2018 Taylor was offered employment in the Transition to Retirement Project. Taylor has assisted 31 participants to start preparing for retirement and new social connections.

Part of this involved organising an occupational therapist to assess 19 retirement planning participants to assist with obtaining medical information to support future applications and NDIS planning.

More Opportunities.

While Taylor was earning her stripes, an additional employment opportunity was taken on assisting people to apply for Companion Cards. Taylor has helped 41 people to apply with six successful so far, and 24 still waiting. Taylor has shown persistence and organisational skills to get those through.

Over to your Taylor, what are two highlights of working at Marriott

  1. Marriott is a friendly workplace, and all participants have been open and honest making it easier to complete my job. I will miss the warm welcomes!
  2. The kindness of the staff is a highlight. This was my first ‘adult’ job, and I have been able to learn so many skills thanks to the endless amounts of time, training and experience staff happily gave. I single out Rose, Dianne and Bronwyn, who were very flexible with their schedules and have given me advice that I will continue to use in my future endeavours. Thank you to Janine and Lindsay for the opportunity.

Where are you going?

I am joining OC Connections as a Support Coordinator. I am excited to begin this role as I have seen firsthand the positive impact that having Support Coordination in people’s plans have on the way they use their funding. I am looking forward to empowering people with disabilities to have enhanced choice over their lives and to foster independence.

I am also planning to complete my Masters of Clinical Psychology to become a psychologist. As I enjoyed my work at Marriott so much, I would like to use my degree to continue helping people.

What should Marriott keep doing?

Keep alive the community spirit and warm nature; it makes a positive difference in people’s lives. And keep the Volunteer program, it’s fantastic and allows people to connect and learn about people with disability. It also opens the door for others to move into employment in the disability sector, like me.

To you Taylor, we say thank you for your work with us, the connections you made and we wish you very well in your future. We’d be delighted to cross paths with you again.

Volunteering opens doors #NVW2019

Volunteering turns to employment, Taylor with June #NVW2019


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