September 03, 2020
Junction House Supervisor Chelsea.
Chelsea grew up knowing how lucky she was.
As one of five children, her parents not only provided her and her siblings with a stable home and love in abundance – they also extended this to others.
“My parents did respite for kids in care, often siblings, to give the children a positive family experience” Chelsea, who is now a house supervisor within Junction’s therapeutic support service, explains.
“It gave me an awareness about how fortunate we were especially, to have parents who wanted to help others like this.”
After leaving school, Chelsea considered a career in youth work, but wanted more life experience. So, she pursued a second passion – automotive.
“I left school and had done a certificate one and two in automotive, and then did an apprenticeship coming out as an automotive technician,” she said.
However, after giving birth to her son, she decided “it was time”.
She completed a diploma in youth work while pregnant with her second child, a daughter, and did her placement with Junction.
That was back in 2015.
Over the last five years Chelsea has worked across our residential care sites. She is now House Supervisor at Mulberry 2.
“The work we do is more complex than some people initially understand. It can be difficult to explain to people,” she says.
“There is a significant amount of training and retraining, reporting and compliance that comes with this work – as there needs to be.
“Being a house supervisor also means keeping on top of staffing, rosters, team dynamics. At the end of the day though, it’s about keeping the young people at the centre of everything.
“Building relationships with them, making sure they know that just because you walk out the door at the end of the shift doesn’t mean you aren’t thinking about them.
“It’s not just about running the household either. It’s about the little things like preparing their lunches in the morning, giving them time separately as well as together and making sure the house is warm.
“When they feel that this is their home, not just a house, that’s the best thing.”