Phoebe’s dream is to work with dogs. Recently, she was given an exciting role as a volunteer dog handler at Nepean Therapy Dogs in Penrith, as she was looking to gain some practical experience since completing her Animal Studies course at TAFE last year.

Phoebe, who was already managing a busy schedule, combining part-time work with her studies, was determined to take the next step in achieving her goal. With the support and encouragement of her WorkReady Consultant, Sharron, Phoebe did not give up and was able to work through everything and balance her schedule. She also attended a few one-on-one sessions with Sharron, who supported her in developing the confidence needed to be prepared to sit her TAFE exams. After ‘Phoebe passed her course with flying colours,’ Sharron also supported her in applying for the role and completing all the necessary steps, including the required onboard training.

Phoebe will be teaming up with Joanne, an experienced dog handler, and Rags, a therapy dog, to assist them in going out into the community, visiting aged care facilities, universities, and organisations that support people with disabilities. For the first two visits, Phoebe has been invited to accompany Joanne and Rags on their fortnightly visit to Flourish, a mental health support service provider. During these visits, Phoebe will be observing how the visits work, as well as use the opportunity to get to know some of the members. Rags has been connecting very well with the people at Flourish, bringing them joy and companionship, and ‘is currently the topic of conversation.’

Phoebe is excited about making the most out of her ongoing role as a volunteer dog handler, which will assist her in pursuing her dream of combining her passion with paid employment. Joanne and the rest of the team at Nepean Therapy Dogs are excited to welcome Phoebe and look forward to working with her. Sharron is very proud of Phoebe’s progress in her journey and can’t wait to see her ‘kick this goal for her future.’

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