Souths Cares are celebrating the success of one the Barranggirra Program’s participants; Shaylee Presbury who has overcome a number of challenges to commence a Traineeship and fast-track her career within the health sector.

After becoming a single mother at the age of 18, Shaylee experienced depression, anxiety and feelings of isolation despite a supportive family. She initially put all her efforts into raising her son and being a fulltime mother, however in 2022 decided it was time to re-enter the workforce and prove anything is possible with the right mind-set and determination.

Shaylee commenced her studies in September with Sydney Local Health District’s Centre for Education and Workforce and Development. In October she was referred to Souths Cares Barranggirra Program and began a Traineeship in Business Administration at Concord Hospital.

Shaylee has grasped the opportunity with both hands and is eager to set a great example for her son. Each day Shaylee undertakes a range of administration tasks including assisting outpatients, scheduling appointments, preparing patient files and taking general enquiries.

The Barranggirra Program has been supporting Shaylee with her transition into a high-paced workplace as well as assistance completing training modules and setting long term goals.

Shaylee explained the Barranggirra Program had helped her with the challenges of re-entering the workforce after being a fulltime mother.

“The support that I receive from my mentor Derick has helped me in so many ways. Having someone to have a yarn with and to help me prioritize my goals gives me the confidence I will complete my Traineeship”, Shaylee said.

Derick Peachey, Employment and Training Mentor has been working with Shaylee since October last year and was full of praise Shaylee’s commitment to her training and employment. “Shaylee can honestly be so proud of herself and her progress in developing her skills within Business Administration under the Traineeship. She comes to work each day with a positive attitude, plays an important role in her team and is a great role model for other young mothers juggling work and family commitments”, Derick said.

Souths Cares’ Barranggirra Program is proudly supported by Training Services NSW.

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