Inspired by mum to make a difference

Apples don’t fall far from trees and Jayne Boxall is a great example.

“I choose to work in disability because my mum did, and she is a fantastic role model. I met some awesome people she supported and I thought this would be a great thing to do. Trying to make a difference in someone else’s life”, said Jayne.

Ten years later, Jayne is an outstanding role model herself, receiving Scope’s highest award, the Debbie Otto Award.

The Award is given to a Scope employee showing leadership, commitment to the empowerment of people with disability, and who prioritises development of themselves and their colleagues.

Jayne’s manager Amanda Handley nominated her for the award. She said, “Jayne continues to inspire, motivate, and mentor her colleagues in supporting people with a disability to live not just an ‘ordinary life but an exceptional life’. This is Jayne’s description of empowerment.”

Recognising her customer’s potential

She recently worked with a young customer, Hannah Brown, who wanted to develop her independence, and go to her medical appointments by herself.

With an upcoming podiatrist appointment in the diary, they planned every step together – transport, contact phone numbers, what to do when she arrived, how to pay, where to wait for the taxi to return home.

Hannah was very nervous and anxious to be doing this all by herself. However, with Jayne’s support and encouragement, she built her confidence and determination and took that first step.

Hannah successfully accomplished her goal as Jayne watched from afar, just in case.

Winning the award is icing on the cake of an amazing career.

“There are so many highlights in my career. I started as a support worker, and the way Scope has supported me work though the many roles to now be a participant leader is amazing in itself.

“I don’t image I would get that sort of support and encouragement anywhere else. Receiving the Debbie Otto Award was an absolute honour was not expected,” said Jayne.

A well-deserved honour, we’re sure Jayne’s mum would agree.