Meet Susan Obst, one of our Support Coordinators at I Can Jump Puddles.
Susan is available in the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and South of Adelaide.
Portrait photography has been a lifelong interest of mine but in addition to photography I enjoy working in the garden and going for long walks in the Adelaide Hills. My youngest son is a springboard and platform diver at Diving SA so I spend most of my evenings during the week at SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre watching him dive and I in turn this also sparked an interest for myself in the sport, though you will never see me up there on any of the diving boards, I am terrified of heights! I have been a member of the competition committee at Diving SA for the past 12 months and I am the awards coordinator for these competitive events.
I am a third year Social Work student at Flinders University studying on a part time basis and in earlier working years I worked as a support worker for clients living with a disability.
In more recent years I have created a wedding photography business with my business partner called Teahouse Studios where we have photographed weddings together since 2012. We met at the Centre for Creative Photography where we studied and completed our Diplomas in Photo Imagery.
While I am new to the role of a Support Coordinator since joining the team at I Can Jump Puddles, I have a son who is funded for support coordination in his NDIS plan, and his journey with his Support Coordinator has inspired me to also work in a position to help others and be their point of connection to maximise their lives and wellbeing.
I have lived experience supporting people with a disability as I have a son who was diagnosed with ASD at age 7. I also have other close family members who have also been diagnosed with ASD and ADHD which have given me the understanding of the many complex and diverse challenges the person living with a disability may face, as well as their families and their support network.
At this early stage in my new career, I am enjoying the journey learning more about the NDIS, policies, budgets, guidelines. I enjoy exploring the different areas that people can participate in their communities. I have in recent weeks undertaken the two-day intensive course with DSC and I have registered for the FORA subscription which will help me navigate my new role.
With my son becoming more engaged with the support in his life I felt that it was a good time to extend and explore my working hours in an area of Social Work that interests me. I am enjoying my role in every aspect, and I enjoy the challenges that I face, this is a very rewarding career.
I Can Jump Puddles has a very good reputation held by people in the community and I too hold the same view from the positive experiences my son has had through I can Jump Puddles. I wish to add value to the team at I Can Jump Puddles and create positive change for my clients I work with.