Nathaniel, who is supported by St Chads Communication Centre Trust in Rotorua, is not one to suffer from Mondayistis. Instead, every Monday afternoon he looks forward to heading to his work placement at Rotoura Apparelmaster Drycleaners as he quite honestly loves his job.
Tasked mainly with sorting and cleaning all the mats and rugs that flow in from various Rotorua businesses, being in the role for a year has meant Nathaniel has pretty much got his routine down pat. Further support is never far away either as a St Chads Community Facilitator is always on hand, not to mention any one of the helpful co-workers Nathaniel is surrounded by. “My boss Ricky is great and I have definitely learnt a lot and have made some good friends during the time that I have been there. It feels pretty good at the end of the day when I have completed my tasks and it’s great to know that I can always ask for help, but I also like that I can do more and more of it by myself too!,” Nathaniel says.
Watching Nathaniel’s confidence grow, since he has been in the role, has been just as much a joy for those at St Chads Communication Centre Trust who work alongside him. “Nathaniel has always been a friendly and chatty sort of guy, but what we have really noticed is that since his placement Nathaniel is much more confident to put his opinion forward, especially when placed in new environments. Due to this, we were excited to pull him in to help us with the application process of applying for a 2015 Rotorua Westpac Business Excellence Award. Being part of this not only saw him help write some of the application, but he also helped to present our application to the judges, as well as come up and accept the award once we were named the winners of the Judges Outstanding Achievement Award,” St Chads Communication Trust Service Manager James Leigh says.
Being involved in Nathaniel’s journey is lovely to be a part of and something that James believed Nathaniel should feel proud of all that he had achieved. James also extended his praise to Rotorua Apparelmaster Drycleaners as without their support, successful work placements such as Nathaniel’s would not be possible. “They really have been great and the proof of this is in the new way Nathaniel carries himself, and his willingness to take on new projects and adventures!”