Born in Sri Lanka, Bahee’s first language is Tamil. As a keen young student in Sri Lanka, he devoured all educational opportunities and treasured any textbooks, especially those about maths….

Polly has been involved with the Northcliffe Family & Community Centre for over 16 years. She has contributed a wide range of skills and passions to Northcliffe’s Sharers and Carers…

Chris left school at 12, spent 12 years in a violent relationship which left her with an acquired brain injury and is now the sole carer of three children with…

Ghazal

Ghazal arrived by boat to Australia in 2013. She had no desire to leave her Iran but she wanted to be reunited with 7.5-year-old daughter who was in Australia. On…

Loran with a bunch of carrots

Loran arrived in Wonthaggi with just her car, her baby and a couple of bags of clothes. After seeing the horticulture course in the Bass Coast Adult Learning (BCAL) brochure,…

Kitti

Kitti moved from Thailand to Australia in 2016. Like many migrants, Kitti had tertiary qualifications in Thailand that were not recognised here in Australia. She also found that her limited…

Amos

Amos was referred to the Australian Institute of Social Relations to get the skills and knowledge he needed to gain employment as a lived experience peer worker in the community…

Tegan with her certificate

Artlife, a program at Footscray Community Arts Centre, seeks to engage artists with a disability in collaborations with professional artist facilitators. Teagan initially connected with Artlife to develop her visual…

Portrait of Kylie

Kylie certainly knew it was her time to gain employment skills, when she walked through the Inverell Community College Campus doors. The Inverell Campus Coordinator first met Kylie as a…

Anita joined The Deaf Society under the SLES (School Leaver Program) through NDIS funding where she was mentored for employment support and to assist with building her confidence in the…

Kari and her dog

Kari was a stay-at-home mother of two and domestic carer.  Japanese is the predominant language that she and her family speak at home. Kari knew some English, having lived in…

Person walking

Rachelle connected with the Libraries Tasmania Adult Literacy program in 2017. She wanted to work in childcare but wasn’t confident enough to do the study required. She worried that she…