Lakefield Care is the vision of Richard and Kirsten. They wished to create a unique company that is person-centred and puts clients to the forefront of their own care needs.
Kirsten holds a Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), to name just a few. Kirsten has also gained invaluable experience in suicide and crisis support whilst volunteering as a Lifeline Crisis Telephone Support Worker. She has worked within the Community and Disability Sector since 2012 in various roles, including Support Work. More recently, Kirsten worked in a Social Work role within an Early Intervention Outreach Families Program that included crisis counselling, practical support and advocacy to vulnerable families with children under the age of 18 years in the Deception Bay, Murrumba Downs, North Lakes and Rothwell regions. Prior to Lakefield Care, Kirsten worked as a Care Coordinator for a large NDIS Service Provider. Kirsten continues to be inspired by a close member of her family who has lived with a disability for most of his life and she continues to support this individual to lead a fulfilling life. Education and self-learning is important to Kirsten and, no doubt, she will continue with formal education well into the future.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) and a BA in Business Management. He has 25 years of experience as a Manager and 13 years as a Support Worker. Richard has lived and worked in a number of countries, giving him a broad experience with people and cultures, and an appreciation of the worth of the individual. It was Richard's experience working in a wide variety of support positions that convinced him that the clients deserved more. Richard's leadership draws on the experience of the best practice that he has seen within the care industry. He also sees similarities with his previous career managing and owning restaurants: for him, the client is always king/queen. This philosophy, in combination with Social Work practices, are at the core of Lakefield Care.
Chris says that his priority in his role as Case Manager is to ensure that his participants receive the supports that they need. He gets great satisfaction from seeing the difference that Lakefield Care makes to the lives of his participants. Chris is easy going with a happy disposition. He has grown up in a few different environments that have led to him being easily adaptable, empathetic and able to look outside the box for solutions. Chris is a hands on busy dad of 4 and his wife and family are what he lives for. Through his family, both immediate and extended, he is well versed in informal support roles. Chris has both lived and learned experience with acquired brain injuries, intellectual disabilities and mental health illnesses. To relax from his busy life, Chris enjoys taking the children and dogs to the beach, watching them run while he cooks lunch on the BBQ. Working at Lakefield Care gives Chris a much needed work life balance and he says he greatly enjoys his position and helping others.
Nic is new to the disability sector but has over 10 years of management experience. She is people-focused and believes in putting the participant at the heart of everything she does. Nic has personal experience in supporting family members through their physical & mental health journeys. Being a part of the Lakefield Care team gives Nic the opportunity to support our participants in achieving their goals. Nic has expressed how rewarding it is to be a part of an individuals growth and to see the difference that our work brings to their day-to-day life. She is passionate about giving back to the community, a huge animal lover and enjoys travelling to new places. Nic's favourite place to wind down is by the beach and she will never miss a creative arts & crafts opportunity!
Kirsti holds a Bachelor of Human Services and is currently studying a Graduate Diploma of Mental Health. Kirsti has 10 years of management experience and 2 years of experience supporting young people in a 1 on 1 basis in educational settings. This has inspired Kirsti to want to support people in and around her community. Kirsti has drawn on this experience to work from a strong framework grounded in strength-based, person-centred, trauma informed care. Being a part of the Lakefield Care team, Kirsti has said that she is constantly inspired by all the participants that she has had the pleasure of supporting and cannot see herself working in any other profession. Kirsti strives to advocate for equity in all environments and enjoys creating respectful relationships that are infused with creativity, humour and enjoyment. In her leisure time, Kirsti enjoys spending time with her family and friends, taking her dog to new parks, travelling overseas and would love to travel around Australia.
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Although Yasmin is new to the industry, she has brought lots of transferable skills with her to Lakefield Care. Her clients love her organisational skills and "can-do" attitude: she gets the job done in record time. Yasmin loves supporting people to realise goals that they never thought possible and creating stability for people who may not have experienced this previously. Yasmin has lived experience in supporting close family members who live with disability and dementia. She is planning on studying nursing in 2022 and is a proud mother of one beautiful boy.
Our experienced Support Workers come from a wide range of backgrounds and all share one commonality = passion. We are selective in our recruitment process to ensure we choose individuals who demonstrate humanity and who possess genuine caring natures. They are client-focused and a "can-do" attitude is assured. In addition, most have lived experience of disability, either through their own lives or through supporting family or friends.
Here at Lakefield Care, we are happy to arrange a complimentary Meet and Greet so that YOU choose who you would like to support you on an ongoing basis: you truly are, in control! If, at any time, you feel you would like a change of Support Worker or if you feel things are not going as well as they should, please talk to us, we actually listen!!
Lakefield Care's Support Workers all possess the standard requirements for care work e.g. Working with Children, Police Check, NDIS Worker Orientation Module, First Aid and CPR Certificate etc and continue to keep updated with industry requirements.
As the Lakefield Directors have formal qualifications, we understand the importance of continued learning and encourage and support our staff if they wish to pursue further studies within the industry.