David’s new beginning at 65
03 Mar 2021
As a 65-year-old man, recently released from prison, David was facing many challenges. With the support of SYC, David has now been able to secure full-time employment and live independently.
Upon release, David was unemployed and living in a boarding house with 20 others in the Adelaide suburbs. David experienced several barriers including anxiety and illiteracy. Without a driver’s license and unable to take public transport, David displayed resilience and determination, walking to and from his appointments with his Employment Consultant and Counsellor at Job Prospects.
His consultant began identifying suitable employment options for David in regional farming and agricultural work. To help David access these opportunities, Job Prospects assisted him to renew his driver’s license. David successfully gained casual employment and was then able to save and buy his car.
Unfortunately, David was let go when his casual role came to an end, and he found himself unemployed again. His Employment Consultant Grace was ready to help him to work through this challenge and pointed him towards another promising opportunity.
Thanks in part to a collaborative effort and advocacy on behalf of the Job Prospects team, David successfully gained an interview for a full-time position. After undertaking multiple interviews, assessments and long drives to and from Naracoorte, David was offered the job. With support from Job Prospects, he then relocated to be closer to his new work.
David was able to take advantage of the opportunities and support provided by SYC and Job Prospects to exit the employment services system and overcome the many difficulties he faced in pursuit of a new life and a positive future after prison. His Employment Consultant Grace says:
“David now has his own accommodation, has made friends within the workplace and is happy to have a job to go to every day, even though it is hard work for someone his age.”
David is now able to maintain his employment and housing independently, and no longer needs ongoing support from Job Prospects.