In our latest intallment of Meet the Team, we sat down with Patrick, Community Support Worker at NNA Direct Support Service, to find out what motivates him at work, what he loves about his job and his favourite foods and places in the world. Take a read below.
I was born in Africa in the Republic of Congo (DRC). Growing up, I loved school and was also a big fan of sports, particularly soccer. My mother had a big influence on me when I was younger, and I remember how she would help people in our community who needed it the most.
I followed in her footsteps in my current role at NNA as a Community Support Worker. I love giving back to the community and enjoy making a difference and supporting people to live their most independent life.
I started at NNA Direct Support Service in May this year.
Watching how my mother used to support people and make them happy motivated me to want to do the same. I have always enjoyed giving back to the community and helping people live their best lives. I think everyone should have the chance to enjoy life to the fullest.
Helping youth and vulnerable people grow and reach their goals is what I find most rewarding about my job. I believe in equal rights and think everyone should have access to the support they need to lead a fulfilling and happy life.
Outside of work I enjoy making friends and socialising. I love to play soccer. Religion is also a big part of my life, and I enjoy singing songs of praise and worship to God.
Do you have any pets? I used to have a big black dog called Max. He was very friendly and got along with everyone.
Favourite place in the world? A tie between Australia and Congo
Favourite food? Anything Italian, nachos and Congolese Pondu or Cassava leaves with fufu (both traditional dishes from DCR).
What I love about my job the most is supporting people to ensure they know they are not alone. I love getting out and about in the community and meeting new people. Getting to know the people I work with is important to me as it helps me understand their unique situation and make sure they feel part of the community – even if they don’t feel this way. For me, supporting people to live their life the way they want and helping them achieve their goals is really is why I do what I do.