Volunteer Role – House Mate and Home Maker – With Stipend and Free Accommodation

Isaac is a delivery man, live band fan, gym member, car lover, Canberra Raiders fan, swimmer and keen traveler.  He also has a disability and is seeking the right people to share his home with him. He is looking for two housemates who will help create a home where you and Isaac can live, relax, be yourselves and welcome friends and family.

As a housemate you will be expected to be home 7 nights out of 14 and one weekend per fortnight. You will be free to work in another job, study or do your own thing during the days.  We can be flexible with the hours you will be required to be home. We are also happy to negotiate holiday breaks.

Isaac has a microboard – a group of family and friends that have formed an incorporated association called Isaac’s Band of Brothers and Sisters Inc.  Their role is to help build and safeguard the good life Isaac wants and to provide housemates and other paid staff mentoring and support. The Band, as we are otherwise known, will provide you with training in how to support Isaac and mentor you in your role.  We have all the appropriate insurances and policies in place.

Isaac’s house is a fully furnished, 4 bedroom renovated home in a quiet street with a large entertainment deck. There is plenty of off street parking and is close to bus stops and shops.  It is opposite a park and near great walking trails around Mount Rogers.

Responsibilities of the role

  • live with Isaac and another housemate in his 4 bedroom house in the Belconnen area
  • share responsibilities of keeping the house clean, tidy and welcoming for family and friends to visit
  • coordinate house maintenance
  • mentor Isaac in how to do household chores
  • assist Isaac to get ready for his day
  • help Isaac to build good relationships with neighbours, family and friends
  • liaise with Isaac’s day support team to ensure he is safe and achieving his goal of living independently in an ordinary home in an ordinary street.

The ideal people we are looking for will be:

  • Experienced in sharing a home with friends
  • Clean, tidy and house proud
  • Good at building friendships and well connected to community
  • Skilled in cooking, gardening or house maintenance
  • A team player
  • Good at spoken and written English
  • Able to commit to a 2 year arrangement
  • Able to produce or apply for a current police check and working with vulnerable people card
  • Licenced to drive a car


You will be provided with a stipend of $532 per week and free accommodation. We will also provide free internet.  Each house mate will be responsible for 1/4 of the electricity and gas bills.

For further information

Please contact Sheree Henley on 0407305739 or sheree@theband.org.au

To Apply

Please complete the application form.


Job Development Worker

Isaac is a delivery man, live band fan, gym member, car lover, raiders fan, swimmer and keen traveler. He has a long term goal to have a full time, permanent, well paid job where he earns superannuation and is able to purchase a home. At the moment he has his own delivery business called Isaac Delivers and is looking for the right person to build more work opportunities.

Isaac has a microboard – a group of family and friends that have formed an incorporated association called Isaac’s Band of Brothers and Sisters Inc.  Their role is to oversee and safeguard the good life Isaac wants. The Band, as we are otherwise known, will be your employer.  We are experienced in directly employing staff and have all the appropriate insurances and policies in place.

Responsibilities of the role

  • Support Isaac to get ready for work each day
  • Coach Isaac while on the job to develop skills in his current role as a delivery man
  • Build relationships between Isaac and the people he works with
  • Identify and translate Isaac’s interests and skills into possibilities for further employment
  • Conduct a discovery process to capture information and paint a picture of Isaac in words and images
  • Develop a plan for customized job development
  • Develop a job concept portfolio
  • Analyse the fit of customized employment to local Canberra businesses
  • Approach local businesses and negotiate possibilities for Isaac to be employed

Selection Criteria

  • Values social and economic inclusion of people with disability
  • Experience in teaching skills
  • Well connected to the Canberra business community
  • Experience in customer relationship building
  • Good documentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively
  • Good coordination and administration skills
  • Has a current police check and working with vulnerable people card or willing to obtain them
  • A driver’s licence


The position is between 10 and 16 hours per week and will be paid on a casual basis between $41.33- $51.13 per hour depending on qualifications and experience.

It is anticipated that the role will be for 6 months with a possibility for extension.

For further information

Please contact Sheree Henley on 0407305739 or sheree@theband.org.au

To Apply

Please complete the application form

Applications close 24 May 2019

House Mates

Isaac is a 21 year old young man who lives in Canberra.

Isaac has a complex disability but his goal is to live in his own home where he can be king of his own castle, free to be himself and have spaces that nourish him, keep away stress, and provide him opportunities both for privacy and for socialising with family and friends.   Just like any other 21 year old. So Isaac is on the hunt for some housemates to share his sanctuary with him.

His current family home is perfect so he’s decided to kick his mum and dad out and be his own man.

Isaac’s house is a 4 bedroom home in Melba in West Belconnen.  It’s a very pretty suburb with leafy trees and lovely views.

The house has lots of space to hang out in and entertain guests.  It has a huge undercover deck out the back with tree top and mountain views.

His housemates will play a vital role in helping Isaac to live a good life that is typical of a 21 year old.   You will also be crucial to ensuring he feels safe and loved.

You will have shared interests with Isaac – particularly around his love of live music. He loves to travel to new places and see new things. He has some great friends that he hangs out with from time to time. He also loves the atmosphere at the footy too. Go Raiders!

Isaac has his own delivery business called Isaac Delivers

He also has a microboard called Isaac’s Band of Brothers & Sisters Incorporated. A microboard is a group of people who help him plan and build a good life.

We believe Isaac deserves the best because in life he can often be put last by others because of his disability. We use a person centred planning approach ensuring everything we do is around Isaac’s needs and wishes.  We also believe that he has the capacity to learn to be in charge of his own life so we are supporting him to make his own decisions.  We also believe in reciprocal relationships – where we all give and receive from each other and that includes Isaac too. He has lots to give to people.

We believe in tapping into the talents of our employees and crafting the role to suit them and Isaac.

Housemates will be part of a team of Isaac’s supports collaborating with each other and his microboard to build a good life for Isaac.

Your role will include providing some personal care, ensuring Isaac eats healthily, support him to learn household chores, monitor his health and wellbeing. But most importantly it will be to help him to build and strengthen friendships.

You might do that by keeping chickens and sharing the eggs, growing vegetables, setting up a street library or any other creative ideas of your own.

You need to have some shared interests with Isaac and be connected to groups in the community around these interests.  Groups like Fitness nuts, car clubs, the Canberra music scene, indigenous or other cultural groups, and the farming community – Isaac loves big farm equipment.

You will be a people person.  You’ll be good at making great personal connections. You will be respectful of others and be good at including people.  You will be good at organising social events.

You will want to learn. You will be good at coming up with creative solutions to problems.  You can come up with your own plans and not need a lot of direction.  You will be curious and keen to try new adventures.

You will be good at keeping time.  You will be well organised.  You will be calm and able to manage stress well.  You will be tidy.

You will have successfully shared a house before and enjoyed the experience.  You will have some top tips for successful house sharing.

You will need to be up for having your photo taken and shared on Facebook because this helps Isaac to connect to his community.

During the week Isaac will need support from his housemates to get ready for the day in the morning and to have his dinner, relax and go to bed in the evenings. That will leave you free to work, study or relax during the day.

On the weekends Isaac would like someone to hang out with him, go out for some adventures and have the odd social gathering with friends.

You will share the role with one other housemate so you will have some mornings and evenings off each week as well as one day on the weekend.

You will also get 4 weeks paid annual leave and 2 weeks sick leave.

You will receive reduced rent.  The rent on Isaac’s house is normally $700 per week.  You and your other housemate will only need to pay $100 each.

As well as reduced rent, you will also have free internet.  You will need to share all other bills with Isaac and his other housemate.

Each house mate will receive an annual salary of $50,000 pro rata which includes superannuation and leave.  Plus additional benefits of free internet and reduced rent.

Plus of course, you’ll get to hang out with Isaac who is an awesome guy.

If you would like to become part of Isaac’s family of supporters please go to www.theband.org.au/housemates