Meet Rosie Aitken

Rosie Aitken is a bright and chatty 21-year old who lives by herself in a two-bedroom unit in Deniliquin and works four days a week at Kurrajong Café. She loves to socialise with her friends, go the gym and is really enjoying learning to drive, which will hopefully soon lead to her P-plates.

Rosie has high-functioning Asperger’s, which means sometimes she is particularly shy, she gets nervous and anxious easily and doesn’t always like being around others or in a crowd. It has also made it challenging to figure out ‘where she fits in’ and to find the right working arrangement.

How Kurrajong helps Rosie:

On finishing school, Rosie completed Kurrajong’s Transition to Work Program – a program to assist school leavers by providing opportunities to learn new skills and gain employment. Through this program, Rosie was supported to complete a 1 year Becoming a Worker Course and received one-on-one support to access work placements around Deniliquin. With the move to NDIS, Kurrajong spent a lot of time working alongside Rosie and her family to ensure that she received the right support. With Kurrajong’s assistance, Rosie has gained employment and the confidence and help she needed to move out of home. She now receives additional support from Kurrajong a few hours a week with shopping, cooking and cleaning, and she looks forward to the weekly Kurrajong group meals and activities.

“If I didn’t have Kurrajong I wouldn’t have work and be living alone, and I wouldn’t have the confidence that I have now.”