Richard's 9 year old son Joshua has severe cerebal palsy and his wife passed away unexpectedly leaving Richard to be Joshua's sole carer.
Richard ran his own truck driving business but when, despite help from family and friends, respite care options became too scarce, Richard was simply unable to work.
Joshua has difficulty swallowing and was hospitalised several times with Aspiration Pneumonia. He also has very brittle bones and although he was undergoing treatment to improve his bone density, it was costly and time consuming.
Richard found it more and more difficult to pay the bills, put a decent meal on the table and simply face the challenges of day to day living.
Through our disability services team, Windermere was able to provide Richard and Joshua with practical support and referrals to other support agencies.
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(Through Kids on Track) I learnt more about how drugs and alcohol affect our bodies. I don't want to end up the same way as Dad so I can now care for my body and make better decisions than what he did.
My (Windermere) counsellor has been one of the most important supports I have had throughout this whole process. She is amazing. I now see things from a completely different perspective.
I am on the lookout now too - next time I am in a relationship, I will be able to recognise the signs of domestic violence and I won’t let myself get stuck in that sort of position again.”
I understand that every child is individual with different strengths and different ways of learning, By recognising and understanding each child and what it is that they love and how best they learn, I can provide them with the best experiences that help them to reach their full potential in all developmental areas. I love doing it.
The amazing opportunity I got coming into the Windermere house and the 100% that I put into the program, has given me and my son a roof over our head and a second chance at a normal life.
I respect each child's individuality and needs and want to help them feel safe and secure so they can grow and learn in a natural environment. The early years are the foundations of learning for the rest of their lives.
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