Hey, I am Cassie. I run The Carers Place, a place that provides supports for people who are impacted by disability and chronic health conditions. We help others navigate the very complex ‘NDIS’ – National Disability Insurance Scheme through Support Coordination, Specialist Support Coordination, broad scale advocacy, industry workshops and provider/business events.
I am also a mum (first and foremost) of two boys, okay young adult men of 19 and 21 years :o. I have been a family carer for my eldest son for his whole life. He lives with Cystic Fibrosis, Autism, an Acquired Brain Injury and mental health challenges. I am happy to say that my caring role is now minimal as he has recently gained access to a life saving medication called Trikafta!
I started my business not long after my son transitioned to the NDIS, quality services were few and far between. I was confused and overwhelmed and thought if I was like that, imagine how many others felt the same….I set up an organisation I would want to access services from and a business that I would want to work for.
I love being with my family and friends, hiking, camping, traveling, listening to music, solving the problems of the world over a glass of vino in the sun, learning and exploring what the world has to offer. I would like to start dancing again this year 😉
// What do you love most about your role?
I love that no two days are the same and I just love the people. Our clients, my staff, families, providers/other business owners – I just love the people and love working to create incredible and life changing solutions for them.
// What has been your biggest inspiration?
There are two…. 1. My two son’s, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing. My career path would have been completely different. 2. The people who welcome us into their lives and trust us in their most vulnerable moments.
// What are you most proud of?
Building a community and a business that has an incredible and sometimes magical impact. Through that process I have been able to employ 12 staff, most who have a lived experience of disability AND whereby my first three staff members had not worked in a very, very long time – I saw their potential, offered them a job, trained them from the ground up and together we have positively changed lives.
// Lets talk South Australia, What do you love most about doing business here?
I love that so many people in business want to learn, have an intention to be better and do better, I love that connection is at the heart of South Australian business.
// Share with us a quote or mantra you live by…
I know that when fear shows up, it’s exactly where I need to be. Acknowledge the fear, thank it for trying to keep you safe and move forward regardless….but don’t forget to breathe.
And this, as it ties into my fears:
“Vulnerability is the only bridge to connection” – Brene Brown.
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