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Hear Irena talk about being a support worker at UCWB

After more than 20 years working as a dental hygienist Irena Hattam had lost her passion for the job and was looking for a change.

Irena retrained as a support worker in a TAFE SA course tailored to meet the policy and procedural requirements for support worker positions at UnitingCare Wesley Bowden (UCWB) readying her to work with the elderly and people living with disability.

She is now studying for her Certificate III in Ageing, Individual Support, and plans to study nursing. Irena is a casual with UCWB and works with elderly who need assistance at home.

“This varies and it can be from domestic duties to social activities or taking them out shopping. People are very appreciative of the help they receive,” Irena says.

“I think making a difference in someone’s day is absolutely satisfying … It’s a joyful experience to bring that happiness to somebody’s life.” Irena

“Working with UCWB is very rewarding because I find that you meet lots of different people, they are very interesting and they have a lot of experience in life and you learn a lot from each other.”

Irena says she helps people with some of the simplest daily tasks and enjoys the idea that her visit can bring happiness.

“I think making a difference in someone’s day is absolutely satisfying … for some people just the matter of going shopping, getting that transport and assistance (is difficult), sometimes you are the only person they see perhaps all week,” Irena says.

“It’s a joyful experience to bring that happiness to somebody’s life.

“I was looking for another niche and I think I’ve found it working in this industry.”