Bailee builds on woodwork skills

Bailee builds on woodwork skills

A passion for woodwork is seeing Gladstone local Bailee build on his carpentry skills and showcase his work at a local market.

The 21-year-old utilises a support worker, funded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), to assist him with his work while also helping to develop his independence.

“I like working with my hands and I like woodwork; making little wood fish hooks and wooden boxes,” Bailee said.

“I do it myself, but my support worker is there to help if needed, it is going well.”

Bailee, who has an intellectual disability and autism, is also working with his local Rotary Club to take his carpentry to the next level and develop a business.

“I want to explore employment within my interests in wood working and carpentry,” he said.

“Joining Rotary gives me business opportunities in the community.”

Calliope Rotary Club’s Greg Brown said Bailee will soon showcase his works, including wooden pirate swords and chests, at the Calliope Rotary Markets, giving him an outlet and opportunity to build networks and friendships while continuing to develop his skills.

“Rotary will be there through the whole process and setting him up in the marketplace and helping him to talk to customers,” Greg said.

“This will give Bailee more exposure to the community, more opportunities and people will know Bailee; eventually we can expand on this and look at builders in the community for work.”

When Bailee isn’t developing new woodwork pieces, he is continuing to build on his independence with his support worker in other ways.

“I am supported with my cooking, shopping and house cleaning,” he said.

“I am doing my own cooking, but my support worker prompts me; I like making pizza the best.

“It is good to be independent; I have my own car and do drumming lessons.

“I can access anything I want.”

Bailee received assistance to apply for and implement his NDIS funding from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Rockhampton Region.

Greg said he has seen Bailee grow as a person who was lacking confidence to becoming an independent young man, all through both the informal and formal supports he has received.

“The NDIS has been a wonderful support for Bailee as it has given him opportunities to be independent and develop skills and build confidence,” he said.

To find out more about the NDIS, including how to apply for funding, contact Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636 or cq.enquiries@ndis.gov.au.  If you have a disability, but are not eligible for the NDIS, they can also help you identify and link to options for support in the Gladstone Region.