Maxima’s innovative and individual approach to helping jobseekers with a disability has been a breath of fresh air for Launceston resident, Diane Hayes.
Diane, 52, moved to Launceston from the UK in 2007. She had demanding secretarial roles for high-profile companies and established high-level skills, but her mental health was impacted and she continues to fight against depression today.
Despite her condition, Diane has a positive attitude and is a budding entrepreneur with a social conscience. She has started three small businesses, including Pinky Community Support, which provides in-home support and transport services by women, exclusively for women.
Diane also works on a casual basis as a community support worker for a local not-for-profit. The hours and the income are patchy, which means she needs to find more paid work while establishing her growing new enterprises.
After disappointing results with two other disability employment service providers, Diane switched to Maxima soon after it opened its doors in Tasmania and has seen a real difference in the support she has been given by employment consultant, Bianca Templar.
“For me, it was very refreshing to find a job provider that didn’t immediately want to steer me into any job no matter what your qualifications or goals. It was really nice to come onboard with Maxima and have Bianca straight away find out first all about me and what my goals are.
“When I told her about launching Pinky eight months ago and how I was trying to get that going, she didn’t just push it aside. She told me I should continue to work on that and let her find something with regular hours around it. And I said: ‘That’s it – that’s what I want,’” Diane said.
As well as searching for regular paid work, Bianca has been pulling out all stops to support Diane with growing her businesses. “I didn’t ask her, but off her own bat she has been researching information and statistics and turning them into marketing material. Another big difference with Maxima and Bianca, is when they say they will help you with your resume, they actually do it.”