Associate Diploma Social Science
Cert 111/1V Ceramics
Bachelor Human Services (Social Science)
Facilitator of Ceramic Therapy Groups for People With a Disability
Hi, my name is Amanda Channells. As a child I was always overly studious until my life changed at 14 when I collapsed at a school dance requiring lengthy hospitalization and ongoing therapy to learn how to walk, talk, read and write all over again. The condition left me with permanent visual impairment and a greatly altered personality. My outlook immediately changed from being ‘fiercely competitive’ where I wanted to be the best at everything to one that reflected a more carefree attitude towards my surroundings.
Years later after much rehabilitation I studied and worked with families for many years. During this time I began creating with clay and instantly knew that it was one of life’s special moments. Working with this natural material was an invaluable experience for my personal growth and wellness. It improved my sensory development, motor skills, self-expression, problem solving skills, discipline, and gave me much pride. Somewhere during this period I also found time to gain a Degree in Social Science – Human Services at Southern Cross University and combined my work and play through successfully developing ceramic therapy groups for people with a disability. The classes promoted physical, intellectual and emotional wellness allowing people to display their ability, enhancing self-awareness and self-confidence, provided socialization and encouraged feelings of achievement.
In 2013 I was fortunate enough to become part of the R&R Care team. I was employed as a Program Coordinator. In the last four years I have supported many amazing families who have their own stories. Part of my role entailed facilitating the Teen Time Program which offers After School Care as well as a much needed respite program for families during the school holidays. I have become very proud of the amazing, professional work our Teen time staff display, their dedication, compassion and most importantly their fun loving spirit which produces a successful and popular program.
Currently I am focused on offering quality coordination of supports for members living with a disability and working with their family as they transition into the NDIS. This is the core of all that I do. My aim is to ensure my members expectations for care and support are being met and exceed in meeting their needs and goals, right now and in the future. I appreciate the need for a coordinated and flexible approach to the provisions an individual receives, planning, coordinating, arranging and connecting them with all local supports.
I believe ‘with the necessary skills and opportunities EVERYONE has the power to forge their own perfect future’.
“R&R gave me my first real opportunity to work in a new industry following my career change. I value the opportunity that you extended, the way in which everyone at R&R including Admin, Coordinators and fellow Support Workers welcomed the new greenhorn and the valuable experience gained. ”
“Wonderful organisation doing some great programs and initiatives.”
“Great place to work with awesome staff and clients keep up the good work”
“I am very grateful and blessed that I have been part of a wonderful service during my time at R&R Disability Services.”
Peter, myself and his family I would like to thank the staff for the wonderful opportunity you provided for our son.
He enjoyed the camp immensely, I believe it is an experience that he will never forget.
I’m emailing today to tell you how great my support worker is; not only is he very patient, helpful and quick-thinking, but he’s also the most friendly worker I’ve had to date. Whenever I’m not feeling my best, he seems to see that and not push me to do things that I’d otherwise be willing to do, however when I am feeling able to do things, he encourages me to do it myself, he teaches me how to do it if I’m not understanding, or congratulates me when I do it by myself.
Just wanted to thank you for the amazing support staff you have put into our home to help with our daughter . One outstanding support worker supported her in such a professional manner , and was not afraid to help in any way she could .