Zebb, based in Redcliffe, couldn’t imagine himself working or owning his own car again after a long stay in a psychiatric ward, but has managed to turn his life around and find a steady job in construction.
After having a tough time for many years, Zebb found himself in a long-term psychiatric ward for nearly a year and a half.
After being discharged from hospital three years ago, he came to Open Minds for NDIS Community Access Support, and needed support to get his life back on track.
Zebb worked closely with his support workers to establish goals, these included becoming more mentally stable and a desire to eventually get a job.
Earning money and having a steady income were important to Zebb to enable him to become more independent.
After a few years with Open Minds, he felt he was in a good mental space, and put the feelers out to his brother about gaining employment.
The stars aligned and Zebb’s brother knew of a suitable job opportunity, to work alongside him in construction.
Zebb applied for the job and was successful in landing the role, making concrete retaining wall blocks and road barriers.
He has now worked in his role for 6 months and thoroughly enjoys the challenge it presents.
“I’m loving life now, I’m loving my job. It’s so rewarding and I feel I really have purpose now. I feel like I’m being really productive.”
On a good day, Zebb makes around 50 blocks per day and is also responsible for quality control of the blocks.
Not only has Zebb been able to secure and maintain employment, but he has become so independent that he doesn’t require much support these days.
When he first came to Open Minds, he had Support Workers assist him three times per week.
This is now down to just once per week, and he lives in a unit by himself.
Jared, Care Leader at Open Minds, said he was delighted with the progress Zebb has made over the last few years.
“We have reduced supports for Zebb because he’s become so independent, he barely needs us anymore, which is an incredibly good outcome,” Jared said. “We are all so proud of Zebb.”
Zebb has recently purchased a car, having not owned a car for eight years.
“I have a big sense of freedom now being able to drive myself around. I’ve been spending money on my car and recently bought new wheels and tinted windows.” Said Zebb.
Zebb was complimentary of his Open Minds Support Workers; “They help fix my social anxiety and ensure I’m not feeling isolated. I have worked with my support worker Adam for around three years now and I really enjoy going bowling or to the movies, or just hanging out.”
A new goal for Zebb is to go on a holiday to the Gold Coast and enjoy some well-earned relaxation time at the beach.