TJW Youth & SPARK Testimonials
"As another great supporter of TJW thank you for sharing [the SPARK video]. It looks like a lot of fun and another year of success. I know the hard work put in by all involved. It was great to see some familiar faces that I was so blessed to once have been involved with. A job well done."
- Dee Dee Wardle, 2016
"Thank you for everyone from The Junction Works. You have done a great job putting SPARK together. The guys from Life Without Barriers had a great time and would like to come back next year."
- Patricia Bills, Life Without Barriers, 2016
"Thank you so much for the amazing experience. This will forever be one of the best memories of 2016."
- Cara Baker, Student who attended SPARK, 2016
"Thank you for giving my daughter the chance to experience SPARK. She loved the experience. It's been lovely to watch her grow and become more sure of what she wants to do from her experiences with Youth Clicks."
- Karen Baker 2016, mother of Cara Baker
"[SPARK] was so good! Learnt so much about how to improve my self-esteem."
- Logan Miller, student in TJW Youth Clicks workshop
"I realised that I am more capable than I thought."
- Student at TJW SPARK Festival 2015
"I connected and bonded with many different people at SPARK and have definitely changed my outlook on [diversity]."
- Student at TJW SPARK Festival 2015
"Totally enjoyed myself today. Not only the cars that were on display but all the friendly staff on The Junction Works table. You all did an excellent job with the BBQ. Great to catch up with Chris, Marilyn, Leanne, Fernando, Kerrie and Tanya and all the volunteers that helped out."
- Eric Cook, volunteer at Claymore Community Centre, 2016
"Good work The Junction Works, always contributing their time and resources towards people of all abilities. It's wonderful to see."
- Ambarvale Rosemeadow, 2017
"The Junction Works - what an amazing organisation! Such dedicated, caring, motivated and always friendly staff... I am so pleased to be associated with them. The joy and happiness which came from [their guys] was palpable. thank you all so much for everything you do to enrich the lives of our family members. Thank you again to all of you."
- Christine Bell, 2016
David lives has been attending The Junction Works’ Disability Day Program since he left school over ten years ago.
Anne, David's mother, says David really enjoys his time at The Junction Works, particularly the variety of activities he’s involved in and the good friends he’s made. “David is very social. He loves involvement with people”, she explains.
Michael and Anne are aware of how easy it is for people with a disability to slip into isolation. So it’s important to them that David continues to enjoy a strong social network.
Like most parents, they rank connection with family and friends, along with good health and happiness as their primary aspirations for their son.
In fact, being able to spend time “just hanging out with mates, cooking a meal or watching the footy” is one of the tangible benefits they see being provided by The Junction Works’ Living Skills and Respite House.
They also see the House providing David with the opportunity to develop skills that will assist him in increasing his independence; like problem solving, decision making and confidence in functioning in new and different environments. Skills that can, as his Dad puts it, “further his horizons”. These are the skills that will build David’s confidence to transition into alternate living arrangements when the family’s situation changes. And The Junction Works will be supporting David and his family on his journey towards greater independence.