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All in a day’s work – life at 54 reasons
54 reasons might look like your regular not-for-profit, but the culture is different. Seriously. It's a place where courage, curiosity and care come head to head. Where people express their passion for supporting kids through policy, practice and playtime (which, let's face it, is the best time.) It's the type of place where people help by listening and learning, not by telling. And when something happens that's beyond anyone's control - fires, floods, you name it - our team is there when no one else is.
When I get a referral, I sit down and get a baseline for where [families] are at. Often people are just overwhelmed and don't know where to start. I do activities with them to determine how they want to feel and then we try to work out from there the kind of steps they want to take, which might involve meetings with the school or looking after their mental health. I worked with one mother recently who was very proactive and just needed to know she was on the right track... somebody to say, 'you're doing a great job'... just cheering her on.
Here’s what some of our talented people say it’s like to work with 54 reasons and what you can expect from a career with us.
54 reasons is a supportive work environment that fosters reflective practice and many opportunities for skill development and learning
Our services are so deeply embedded with ensuring children have a voice and an understanding of their rights. This work is rewarding and has proven to have a very real impact on the lives of the children we work with
What I like about my job is when everyone pulls together - we can make such a huge impact to so many children, young people and families"
One of my favourite parts [of the job] is watching the children grow and their confidence grow from first coming to our playgroup, being really shy, apprehensive children to then coming in...and really taking that ownership of our group.
Great mission, passionate people and a progressive workplace - what more could you ask for?
From family support specialists to youth specialists to team leaders – our people come with a range of qualifications, interests, technical expertise and life experiences.
Family Support Specialist, Doveton, VIC
Most of my work is done through the Play2Learn playgroups. Through playgroups, we support the children to get school-ready, while I work with families on some of their other needs, like identifying educational or employment pathways for the mums.
We're always looking for young advisors between the ages of 13–17 to help shape the way we work, communicate and advocate. If this sounds like you, message us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll let you know when the next round of applications will open.