My name is Corinne Wilson, my family is my life and they inspire me daily, my partner sustained a brain injury, we have 4 children, of which 2 of them live with Autism and I have fostered another 2 children. For years we have been on a search for inclusive services that help children to interact, mostly we have found services and programs that help children with disabilities without being inclusive.
These programs were not fit for us and our needs and I was sure they wouldn’t reach the need of many other families out there raising autistic children, we live and breathe this lifestyle.
After years of searching, we wanted to create a way to help autistic children and their families.
Our goal was to create lifelike inclusive societal environments for them to learn to interact with children that did not face those same additional challenges, so they learn to interact in real-life situations. In return, this also allows the children without these difficulties to interact with autistic children.
While embarking on this journey we started commencing with inclusive youth programs, 18+ relationship-building programs and a program for parents of children with challenging behaviours. We also introduced counselling and my business “Life’s one Journey” was born.
Since I’ve built a team of businesses that are helping me to achieve our end vision goal of creating a safe community support centre, where people can go to obtain all their support and their parents or carers can connect with others. This will be an inclusive environment where scholarships will be offered to ensure unfunded placements are provided for people to attend.
We are currently in the process of launching and I have gained a huge sense of pride in my achievements. We currently have a Facebook page of which we would love for you to follow and share. Our programs currently run from community centres located around the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
We are also offering support work along with a number of social skill day programs, with now contracting an amazing 4 year qualified Psychology student/Support worker, a counsellor and now looking to bring in volunteers.
Starting your own side hustle is a huge task, but with the right side hustle that you’re passionate about, it will be more fun than work.
I’ve had many moments of fearing failure and not having the money to start the business, but we have overcome these hurdles through support from other businesses who have generously offered their services and time to assist us to get this off the ground. My partner is extremely supportive and when I’m having a bad day with the business he always reminds me of what an amazing journey we are on and the impact we will have providing quality services to these families in need.
Through our 10 weeks unique program “Youth Steps” we coach the children to manage their emotions, self regulate their own behaviour, engage in safe relationships, set goals in both the real and virtual world, how to manage cyber relationships and online behaviours. Youth steps are one of the only research-based, interactively oriented children’s programs designed to inspire young people of the generation.
Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go; they determine where you start. My favourite quote by “Nido Qubein”.
Kind regards, Corinne Wilson