Souths Cares Grad Helping to Shape Community Programs

Souths Cares employee and former School to Work Program* participant, Kelly Geddes, has finished her formal traineeship but will be continuing on as part of the Souths Cares family.

Kelly, who commenced working with Souths Cares in 2014, said that completing her Certificate III in Business Administration has provided her with the chance to strengthen her formal qualifications while learning on the job.

“Working as a trainee at Souths Cares meant that I worked four days a week on the job and one day a week studying at Ultimo TAFE,” she said.

“I worked across a number of program areas with Souths Cares and with all the staff helping me, I’ve gained plenty of skills.”

Kelly, who graduated from Matraville Sports High School in 2013, was keen to work at Souths Cares to give back to the Program that helped her stay at school and complete her Higher School Certificate.

Her passion and belief in the work Souths Cares does meant that last year, she formed part of a delegation that travelled to Canberra to showcase the Program to the Federal MPs Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League group.

“I was nervous, very nervous to speak to more than 100 politicians and their staff, but I thought it was important to highlight Souths Cares’ positive involvement in the community,” she said.

“I wanted the politicians to know about my story so that the Program would have a better chance of funding which would mean other Indigenous students could benefit from it, too.”

Souths Cares General Manager, Brock Schaefer, said that Kelly is a great example of how the Program is working in the community and why it should be continued.

“Kelly is someone that joined our Program as a student, completed her HSC and after her graduation she commenced working with our team and has now completed her traineeship – ahead of schedule,” he said.

“Her new role within Souths Cares will be to assist in the delivery of our successful health and education community programs.

“Kelly is a valued member of the Souths Cares family and we are proud of her achievements and excited about the next phase of her professional development.”

*The Souths Cares School to Work Transition Program is funded by the Australian Government.