Local Livia gives back to her small town

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“I’d seen people around here doing community care and I thought ‘I’d like to do that.’”

July 13 2017


Big smiles from new community carer Livia and assistant manager Zanane at EverGlow Community Centre Ingham.

Livia left her small home town of Forrest Beach in North Queensland at 17 to pursue a career in childcare. 30 years later, she returned only to realise that job prospects were few and far between. 

"Because I'm in a small town, it's hard to get work," she said.

Livia had been a jobactive participant looking for work that she really enjoyed for over four years to no avail. That was until MAX Employment suggested she undertake a three month course resulting in a Certificate III in Individualised Support (Disability) with trainer Trish Schafer.

“When the chance came to do the course, I jumped at it. The course was very easy to understand, Trish made it easy to understand. She was amazing.”


After completing the course, Livia was able to apply at EverGlow Community Care Ingham, and has been working as a community carer for the last four weeks.

Livia is loving her new role giving showers to the elderly, putting their stockings on, and taking them to their exercise classes and bingo.


“I grew up here, so all the old ladies knew me since I was a little girl.”


Livia’s assistant manager Zanane says it really helps that Livia is from the area and her enthusiasm for her new job is second to none.

“She’s built up a rapport with the clients already. They really like her and she’s become a very valued member of our staff. It’s worked out perfectly,” Zanane said.

For Livia, finding a job she loves makes her so much happier. Not only because she’s got money coming in now, but because she gets to give back to the community she had grown up in. 

“I’d seen people around here doing community care and I thought ‘I’d like to do that.’” 

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