Marc joined the Mobo Group team in 2015 after his previous workplace closed down. This was a challenging time in his life as he did not like change and was finding it difficult to find another job. When he joined Mobo Group he initially felt anxious and uncertain, however was welcomed with open arms by his new colleagues.
His mother explained how independent he has become, “This change was for the better, he has met new friends, improved his social skills and has been trained to use various machinery,” she said.
Meet Shane who after living at home with his mum for two years decided to return to work. Shane had previously worked at Mobo Group in 2013 and then moved to other employment that didn’t stick.
When faced with who to return to, he chose Mobo Group for the rewarding work and friendly working culture. Shane's cheerful personality was on display during the Gawler Disability Expo and Forum a while back when we invited him to the microphone to share his experiences with the audience. He spoke about the jobs he likes and the friendships he has made since first coming on board.
Shane loves to stir people up and is our resident joker. That being said, he is extremely diligent in his work, and can’t pick a favourite task. He has proven that he is particularly skilled in packing and assembly jobs.
Genelle has worked at Mobo Group Oakden since 2015. She used to love saying hello to everyone when she would drop her housemate off each day, so when her support staff encouraged Genelle to apply for a position she was very excited.
Genelle is now very busy, working at Mobo Group four days a week. She loves the wide variety of jobs Mobo Group offer but her favourite is working in the Food Rooms.
Sam Reid is a Supported Employee based at our Mount Barker site “In Stitches”. Sam had a goal to learn how to sew an “In Stitches” Wheat bag. Due to Sam’s visual impairment, Sam found it difficult to see the sew lines and we had limited success with his sewing training because of this. Sam felt disappointed and was frustrated that he was unable to increase his sewing skills and challenge himself personally.
However, on a visit to the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB), Sam discovered a magnifying lamp that he thought may be able to assist him in overcoming his barriers.
Jesse was unsatisfied with his previous employer, he did not enjoy the work environment and found it difficult to commute to work. He heard about Mobo Group through friends and now works here four days a week. His favourite job at Mobo Group is packaging, however he enjoys a range of tasks including linen folding and sorting.
Jesse has made lots of friends at Mobo Group, and enjoys the neat and tidy work environment. He believes that working here has increased his confidence, and he has developed lots of valuable skills through the wide variety of jobs he does. Outside of Mobo Group, Jesse has an extremely busy social life.
He enjoys weekly activities such as dancing with Dance Down, ten-pin bowling, swimming, going to the gym, shopping and cooking. Jesse loves his job here at Mobo Group and would recommend becoming a supported employee to all his friends.
Kelvin had passed a cleaning services course but had difficulty securing employment. He felt that many organisations were worried about taking on an employee with a disability. Despite this, he was committed to finding a job.
After seeing an ad in the paper for Mobo Group, Kelvin applied and was offered a job. Coming from a manufacturing background, Kelvin felt most comfortable in assembly work.
Now, over five years on, Kelvin demonstrates impressive productivity and says that he feels like he accomplishes a lot every day. Keeping active stimulates both his physical and mental health, and he reports that working has made him a happier person.
Brian had been looking for a job with a recruitment agency for some time. He was only looking for something temporary at first that was easily accessible by bus from his home in Tranmere.
After commencing work at Mobo Group, he was surprised as a month, six months and then a year passed by in no time at all. He found that instead of having to go to work, he wanted to come to work. Now, ten years on, Brian still loves the atmosphere and work environment at Mobo Group.
He finds the team flexible and helpful, so much so that at the end of the day sometimes he doesn’t want to go home. He’s got a close group of friends and feels like the work is really tailored to suit his skills, and particularly enjoys making boxes and labeling.
After struggling with fluctuating work for years, Bianca sought something stable and rewarding. Bianca’s mum found an ad for Mobo Group in the newspaper and suggested that Bianca try it out.
Now, after two years, Bianca works alongside her husband and appreciates the independence and value that Mobo Group brings to her life. She is glad she took the initial chance and tried something new because she now feels confident in her role and doesn’t look back.