Home and Belonging

[Music Starts] Ten or eleven years ago I would never have
thought that I would be living independently, having a job, and doing all my cooking, washing, paying all my own bills and that. C’mon Australia! C’mon! C’mon Johnno fire
up! I’ll pay the bill and then you can just give
me half. Alright, sounds good. – Tomato paste.
– Tomato paste. – How ya’ going Linc?
– G’day Cammo, how are you mate? Good to see you mate. Alright, here’s cheers sunshine. The reason I wanted to move out of home was because I wanted to work, and also to earn an income and work, and become more independent, and I suppose to gain more confidence. Because when I was living in Neerim South I was isolated and there was nothing to do. When I was living in Neerim South I was at
a couple of day programs but I didn’t really like them, it was very repetitive and very
boring. We knew back in, oh, probably five years earlier that living at home and not working was not a happy scenario for Cameron. He was a really unhappy person. Well the reason I wanted to move out of Mum
and Dad’s place was because, like, I was isolated in Neerim South. There is not much in Neerim
South, no businesses or anything and I wanted to move out of my parent’s place to look for
work and hopefully get work, and to share with a house mate. I’m in the local fire brigade here. One of
the guys in the brigade that I was with knew Cam and Monty pretty well through his work
at the shire, and he sort of introduced us to the idea of us living together. The arrangement that Cam and I had was
very good, we were already friends when we first started, but some of the other people
that have been Cameron’s housemates, he still has contact with now, he is very good friends
with, he socialises, drops around and sees their kids. So it is a great arrangement and
way of meeting someone that you may not possibly have contact with in your general life. Yes I do still stay in contact with my house
mates. Fiona, who lived with me, her son Liam is now five, she lives in Warragul up near
St Pauls, I go round there sometimes to visit, have coffees, with Fiona and her partner Steve
is there, and I sometimes stay there for tea, They invite me for tea and we have a barby or maybe fish and chips if it is a Friday night. I think probably the main reason why we wanted
Cameron to have a house mate who did not have a disability, was the fact that it would be
who would be supporting who, is one reason. We wanted it to be Cameron’s house, and for
him to be able to learn from a house mate in some of those skill areas that he perhaps
needed some polishing up on. The time that Cam moved into his own home
was the result of a lot of planning. So I traveled up to Warragul and I can remember
sitting around the kitchen table with Maggie and Greg and Cameron, and trying to really
illicit what Cameron wanted to do with his life. We chose an area that we felt was safe and
that the neighbors would be supportive. It is really great to have Cam as part of
our street. He is very connected with all of the neighbors and last week we actually
had a working bee. Cameron came down and actually cut all the hedges for a lady that is not
very well, and so he is just a really good community street player, and we really appreciate
him, and there is not a time when you get out of your car and you don’t hear “G’day
Legend, how are you going?” So he is a real happy and jovial person to have in our street. VO Starts: Where do you think you gain the
confidence from? VO Ends Probably being able to live in my own house,
doing my house work and that, pay rent, and maintain the house, eventually getting work, and also having the circle of support of friends and family. I actually run the Warragul Farmer’s Market
along with another girl, and we love getting the community involved, and because I know Cam
and I know his personality, I’ve actually asked him to come along and volunteer. And he has been on the welcoming gate handing out bags to the market goers. It was wonderful
and we really appreciate Cam for being community minded and helping us out. Yeah I would, I’ve got advice for any young
people looking to move into their own home. Get out there and try it and see how you go,
and get out there and make it happen, and get out and have a go and make it happen and
just enjoy life and try to live independently and see how you go. …and I can remember him saying I would really
like to live with someone who can give me a hand around the house, who does not play
loud music, and who goes to the pub. Now that really opens up the opportunity of who Cam
can live with to literally thousands of people, rather than thinking that it could only be
a person with a disability, who may not be able to give Cameron the support that he needs
because they also have needs. – [VO] You have come a long way.
– I’ve come a very long way. – [VO] How does that make you feel?
– I feel absolutely fantastic, I feel very proud. – [VO] So you should.
– Thank you. [VO] My pleasure. Are you going to barrack for
Richmond? – Umm, I like Richmond
– [VO] Yeah. – Yeah.
– [VO] Is that all? – And I hope they do well next year
– [VO] Right, well they will finish higher than Collingwood. – Possibly, yeah, I reck’n they might.
– [VO] Really? Yeah, I think it will be a rebuilding process
for Collingwood. – [VO] Yeah, maybe ten, twenty, thirty years.
– Yeah… [Music Ends]

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