Simon Walsh
Allambi Care CEO

Growing up, I was extremely fortunate to be surrounded by a loving family who happened to offer our home to foster children. I guess you could say that I learnt a lot about caring for others from a young age. I quickly understood the importance of creating a sense of safety, how to best connect with the children in our home, and how create meaningful experiences that could heal other’s pain.

I started my journey in the Human Services field by training as a nurse and later became a Youth Worker at Allambi House (a Youth Refuge).

It was at the refuge that I learnt the absolute importance of building relationships to heal those that I was supporting. It is on the frontline that you are enabled to best understand the pain and experience of others, to understand that often there are really tough times, and often no quick fixes. It is also here that you have the best opportunity to listen, connect, understand and build a real connection. Once a genuine relationship is established, there are so many chances for creating new, positive experiences and growth.

It is a massive privilege and responsibility to heal another person’s situation by using your relationship as the tool for change. It was also on the frontline that I learnt a lot about myself, my own personal relationships and how to be present in the moment at the most significant times.

Through my caring journey at the refuge, Allambi Youth Services, later Allambi Care, and through transitioning through managerial roles, I have have tried my hardest to maintain focus on the carers and staff who work directly with those we support day to day, and to enable them to be the agents of positive change.

If we invest in enabling carers and staff to receive quality training, and they are supported to understand their individual strengths and importance to those they support, they will make the biggest difference in our community. For this reason, I am extremely proud of the learning pathway that has been made available at Allambi, and I look forward to seeing the outcomes for our community for the investment in upskilling our carers and staff.

I am extremely proud of the learning pathway that has been made available at Allambi, and I look forward to seeing the outcomes for our community for the investment in upskilling our carers and staff.

– SIMON WALSH, CEO

In my current role, I have enjoyed working with the oversight of our volunteer Board of Directors and the solidarity of our Leadership Team to develop innovative and flexible models of care to best suit the individual needs of those that we are caring for.

I have been challenged, as well as encouraged when understanding and implementing government policy in our organisation, and advocating for a system that best allows our carers and staff on the frontline to keep working their magic with no red tape.

I have been fortunate to be supported throughout my career by some amazing mentors, and most importantly by my amazing wife Martina. I am forever grateful to Martina, our four boys and my family.

Thank you for visiting our website – I hope you can take some more time to find out more about Allambi Care and our remarkable team! Enjoy.