Client Stories

Jane McDonald*, Trauma Therapy
Melbourne VIC | March 2019

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I think I was doing it 10 years before I took it seriously as a business. Last year I participated in the Money for Jam program and that’s how I met Gina. And it was since doing Money for Jam that I took the business side of my work more seriously. I looked at it as a business. But I’ve recently cut down from three days to two. I was finding I’d finish work and spend the next day exhausted in bed.

I work in trauma therapy. It’s not counselling though. I use psychosensory therapy to target trauma in the body where it lives, which is the electrochemical system. It repairs the disconnect between different parts of the brain that stopped communicating with each other due to trauma and restores the proper function of the hippocampus and amygdala. … Continue reading →

Danielle Webster, Mess to Fresh Cleaning
Toowoomba QLD | March 2019

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I run a cleaning business called Mess to Fresh Cleaning Service. It’s been operating for about a year now. So far it’s been pretty wonderful. I jumped in without much experience. My father has had experience in the cleaning business. At the moment I have 7 regular clients, but I have had more previously.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
Previously I was a support worker, a mental health and disability support worker. I was working under disorganised management so I left and after that experience I didn’t want to work for anyone else. … Continue reading →

Rosalind (Rozy) Dunstan, Prime Mover Owner/Operator
Pilbara WA | March 2019

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
We purchased a prime mover and have been operating for almost 2 years.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers?
I was a professional artist for over 20 years. But I had to take over the care of my grandkids and I am the only one with a license. I have to drive them to and from school and run the house. I had to put my art to the side whilst I concentrate on running the business and the house. … Continue reading →

Murphy Yunupingu, Interpreting and Cultural Consultancy Business
East Arnhem NT | March 2019

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I run a cultural consultancy and interpreting business. I started it last year. I consult with anyone who needs help with interpreting. I got a contract through Townsville University and I work with their students. I speak 27 different dialects and also do some work interpreting for the courts.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
I was a supervisor in my local area working as a community development coordinator and doing some interpreting for the local court. … Continue reading →

Nadege Godfrey
Broadmeadows VIC | March 2019

nadegeWhat is your business? How long has the business been operating?
Plantworm is a business that runs incursions at prep and preschools encouraging young people to learn and engage more with nature. My philosophy is that I believe that every child is born with an inherently strong attraction to nature from which a bond can easily be formed and by cultivating this bond, compassion begins to emerge.

I started my business in October last year and had my first incursion in November.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
I was a full-time mum to my now 6 and 8 year old’s. As a single mum it is hard to find work that fits around the full-time care of my kids. I have to do the school drop offs and pickups, all the running around, I don’t have family here, so I have to be here for the kids. I didn’t want my kids to miss out emotionally by not having their mum around. … Continue reading →

Lorenda Hodge, Budjiti Cleaning Services
Roma QLD | March 2019

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I have a cleaning business, Budjiti Cleaning Services. A little while ago I filled in for a contract cleaning job, but it was mis-advertised. A lady had the contract already. So I’ve been running this for only a couple of months.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
I was cleaning for Lifeline, using their equipment. I spoke to my manager at the employment agency (RAPAD Employment) about cleaning and she mentioned that Gordon was coming and did I want to have a chat about anything. I knew there was a cleaning contract available, but needed insurance and that sort of thing. It was for the council. I needed to have my business set up to get this sort of work. So that’s when I got in touch with Many Rivers.… Continue reading →