Disability support work brings smiles all round
From pushing trolleys in Sydney to bringing smiles to the faces of people with disability in Darwin – all during a pandemic – Rujan Muharjan has come a long way.
The disability support worker, who has been with ARRCS for one year after completing his qualifications, is finding his change of job and location has paid off.
“It feels good, helping people, giving support for them,” Rujan says. “I like spending time with the clients and giving them my company. Some of my clients get very happy when I’m with them.”
In his role, Rujan supports people to get out and about, taking them to medical appointments, shopping, and to visit friends and family. He’ll also assist around the house, with medication, cleaning and simply having a chat.
And while some clients might have challenging behaviours, he takes it all in his stride.
“I just be friendly and nice and polite.”
Rujan is similarly unfazed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “You never know what’s going to happen next – you need to do it anyhow. I’m happy, I like to help people.”
If he does feel the strain, he simply hangs out with friends and family, or goes for a swim or motorbike ride in the stunning bush at Howard Springs and Berry Springs.
It’s a world away – and some 4,000km – from Sydney but Rujan wouldn’t change a thing. Well, maybe one: “The only challenging thing is the weather!”
ARRCS is a registered NDIS provider, and offers a range of community respite and disability support services across the Northern Territory.