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25 February, 2024

When one door closes...

THE old saying ‘When one door closes, another opens’ is the perfect fit for 29-year-old Brandon Kerr’s inspirational story.

By Staff Writer

Brandon Kerr (centre) at work, supported by Rob King (Kings Catering) and Kristy Malone (are-able).
Brandon Kerr (centre) at work, supported by Rob King (Kings Catering) and Kristy Malone (are-able).

When Brandon’s previous workplace, Tasty Plate, closed its doors rather than succumbing to setbacks, Brandon bravely registered with are-able.

There, he found a supportive ally in Kristy Malone, a dedicate disability employment services (DES) consultant, and has since found meaningful and rewarding employment with Kings Catering.

“I first met Brandon two years ago when he would regularly visit us,” Rob King said.

“I soon recognised his incredible demeanour and the fantastic skills he demonstrated at Tasty Plate. I thought he would be a perfect fit for the team once his previous workplace closed.”

Today, Brandon flourishes in his role at Kings Catering, working closely alongside Rob King himself.

His responsibilities include food preparation, kitchen hand tasks, maintaining kitchen cleanliness, dishwashing and shopping.

The structure of work has brought stability to Brandon’s life and he’s embracing the opportunity to learn new skills and enhance his independence.

“I’m thankful for the opportunities Rob has given me,” Brandon said.

For Kristy and the team at are-able, Brandon’s success story exemplifies the power of collaboration and community support in creating meaningful employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

And for Kings Catering, Brandon’s presence enriches their team and underscores their commitment to inclusivity and diversity in the workplace.

As Brandon continues to thrive in his role, his journey serves as a beacon of hope, reminding everyone of the transformative power of employment and community solidarity.

“Brandon’s story inspires us to overcome obstacles with determination and embrace support from our communities,” Kristy said.

“Through Brandon’s journey, we witness the profound impact of resilience, dedication, and the unwavering support of those around us.”

Are-able remains committed in its dedication to dismantling obstacles, fostering avenues for growth, and igniting optimism for individuals in pursuit of fulfilling employment opportunities.

Kristy’s unwavering support and consistent visits were pivotal in Brandon’s transition.

“I can offer extra assistance/training on the job if required, assistance with Centrelink and fortnightly visits in the workplace,” Kristy explained.


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