Nicoles_Story.png“Being offered the Scanners R Us position changed my whole world. I hadn’t worked since before my children were born and being given the chance to work in an office at this stage of my life was a welcome gift and an opportunity that I thought would never be available to me.

To me I was a widowed single mother with a really bad criminal history with a drug history as well. As far as I was concerned, no-one would ever employ me to work in their company let alone give me a position of responsibility and trust. Now I was being offered a position that required complete confidentiality, responsibility and trust all in one. I wasn’t only responsible for myself but others as well. I had been disheartened for so long thinking that even with an education that I might never be employed because of the stigma associated with my criminal and drug histories.

After my work experience I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with ACSO, which is wonderful. Each morning that I was working, my youngest son Kyle and I would walk together to the tram station and then he would continue on to school. Before I started working, Kyle had very little interest in his schooling but this all changed with the start of me working. Kyle now has something to be really proud of, his mum working for the first time in his life that he can remember.

My life now has goals and dreams for the future. I see myself in the future obtaining a university degree and for the first time in my life become employed and actually love working. Working in the field of your choice is really fulfilling and an amazing feeling. For me it is quite a difference to want to go to work and be involved in work activities. I have always wanted to work in an office, but have never obtained the correct skills to be in the field that I love. Working at ACSO provides me with stability in my life. For the first time in years I can take my sons out on activities on week-ends and truly enjoy each other as a family. My life has totally changed!!”

ACSO’s Employment Services won a “roll over” JSA contract ensuring we support more people to achieve similar amazing life changes that Nicole has done.

In mid 2013, Nicole started her Diploma in Community Services with the Institute of Tertiary & Higher Education Australia