OUR TEAM

Nadine Soper - Director

I started Our Voice Our Choice as I passionately believe in ensuring people with a disability have a voice that is heard - my company is for the people!

We - myself as Director, and all my staff and volunteers - are not here to just 'babysit' or take care of people's basic needs, but educate society to accept each individual and assist them to have a sense of belonging and to feel worthwhile, that they are valued. Being part of the community is the most important step for inclusion for everyone, and community includes ALL people.

The driving force in my career is to be driven only by the people's voice and their desire for choice, so they know they are listened to and respected as valuable members of the community.

Personally, my most important achievements have not come from educational success but from making a difference to people's lives...

A man with no words taught me the most valuable lesson in life ... empathy and true compassion.  He taught me to listen to someone that could not talk, to see that we are all worthy no matter how different we are.  Whilst he had no "verbal voice", his words spoke clearly to me, he held his voice in his smile and heart ... but so few took the time to listen. And that is what I want to change.

I want to make a difference. Welcome to Our Voice Our Choice.

Nadine.

Nadine is well qualified in Behavioural Management and Disability Services with a Diploma in Community services, Level IV Mental Health and Addictions Certificate, Level IV Social Services Certificate, Level IV Aged Care and Disabilities Certificate as well has being extensively trained in Non-Violent Intervention and Complex Behavioural Therapy.

Nadine is involved in all aspects of the planning and implementation of supports for Residents, and is dedicated to a person centred approach.

Nadine is also a pioneer in different and exciting approaches for Community Participation for residents, and ensures their goals are establish, their voice is heard and their choice of provider is clear.

Interview with Alistair 

Co-ordinator MOVOC 

What is your background prior to joining OVOC?

 

I worked for 4 years working for a disability services company supervising participants in a joinery workshop before coming to Our Voice Our Choice to be the Co-ordinator of MOVOC the mowing and lawn services division of the company.

What does a typical day involve for you?

A typical day involves teaching employment skills to up to 3 of OVOC's participants in the MOVOC program in roles such as mowing, painting, yard and home maintenance.  This include supervising all safety aspects of the activity as well as liaising with Team Leaders as to their site maintenance requirements.

What do you enjoy most about working with OVOC?

I'm really enjoying being able to use my knowledge to teach the participants the skills to one day enable them to be able to apply for their own job"

What job would you want if you didn't work in Disability Services?


I'd like to be a paramedic.  I've always had a passion for helping others.

How do you enjoy your time off work?


I love spending time with family or on holidays - you can find me playing golf or growing my own fruit and veg for relaxation

Interview with Kristy  

Services Manager - NDIS Compliance

How many years have you been in the Disability Support Services Industry?

Approximately 25 years. 

How long have you been with OVOC?

I joined OVOC in January 2019 in a full time capacity, however I have worked alongside OVOC with joint participants for 2 years in another role.

What does a typical day involve for you?

- Managing NDIS funding and funding compliance for residents

- Assisting residents/aprticipants to have a better understanding of their NDIS funding

- Education and mentoring staff of OVOC to have a greater understanding of NDIS funding and how best to support residents to achieve their goals with this funded support and what roles of SW should look like for Supported Accommodation. It's about Active Support

- Liaising with families and residents to ensure quality service is being provided 

- Planning meetings and review meetings with NDIS

- Providing Coordination of Support services to participants

What do you love most about your role with OVOC?

Being part of an organisation that provides high quality service to residents and participants that are in the centre of all planning and supports. Having staff motivated to encourage our residents/participants achieve their goals

If you weren't working in Disability Services, what job would you like to have?

a. Life Coach/Mentor - I think I will always be in human services somewhere

b. Landscape Gardener - I love being outdoors in the garden and would like to learn more around creating a vision and seeing the outcome

c. Hoard and Squalor Cleaner - this is the OCD part of me where i Love to see a mess become organised! 

Interview with Linc

Support Worker - the Farm

How long have you been with OVOC? 

Since February. Before that, I have been a caretaker in a boarding house with over 55 ex drug addicts, people struggling with mental health and alcoholics.  I had respect in the boarding house, and got them to be feeling better, more positive.

What brings you to being with OVOC?

I've had a lot of experiences in my life and I want the opportunity to give back and help others.  I've been in touch situations before.  It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor, you all end up in a situation that's unexpected and can make you re-evaluate life.

When you're not working at OVOC, how do you spend your time?

Watching football, with my three kids.  I love going to the beach in the summer with the kids, we love the water in Newcastle - and seeing movies!

What are your goals for the future?

Well I'd love to travel in my time off. And my work goals? I'm happy doing what I am doing with OVOC, making sure the guys are moving in the right direction ... Long term goal I feel like I'm in the right place ... I want to team with people and get to knot hem, and have a strong team and make progress. My short term goals is to help the guys discover what they want out of life.

Our Voice Our Choice Pty Ltd

ACN 617 783 463

A registered NDIS provider