Sisters bring youth and enthusiasm to Peninsula Villages

Teya and Maddison Davis are the new faces of aged care services, with the Peninsula sisters not only sharing the same surname, but the same employer.

At 17, Teya recently commenced a role at Peninsula Villages as the new Apprentice Chef, after gaining initial experience at Grill’d in Erina. She joins the food service team as part of a concentration on the food offering at the Village, following the implementation of a Food Focus Group.

Shane Neaves, Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Villages said, “We undertook significant research across our services last year and the importance of high quality, nourishing and flavoursome food was reinforced.

“Given this, we decided to introduce a Food Focus Group, comprised of both residents and staff. This team works together with management on the planning and implementation of our seasonal menus to ensure the team continues to provide an excellent offering to our residents that also meets the guidelines set by our dietitians.

Teya says she has always loved cooking and is looking forward to bringing her enthusiasm for her new role - and her love of baking cakes – to the Village.

“I live locally and go to TAFE on Wednesdays. I am gaining valuable hands-on experience here at the Village and am really enjoying the opportunity this role gives me to meet so many interesting people, as well as to learn about food and the importance of dietitian approved, balanced meals,” said Teya.

Teya’s sister Maddison has worked at Peninsula Village since February 2016 and is a Care Service Employee within high care facility, Jack Aldous House. Maddison approached Teya about the job opportunity and encouraged her to apply given her ambition to pursue a career in the food industry.

“I really enjoy seeing younger locals passionate about aged care, particularly when our industry is typically known to experience an ageing workforce. Peninsula Village has a strong learning and development department that fosters additional learning and encourages growth within the organisation, along with multi-skilling of staff,” said Shane.

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“I think we are now seeing young people view us as a desirable place to work and with the Australian population enjoying longer lives, we are working toward young people viewing employment in this industry as a rewarding career choice,” he concluded.

For more information on Peninsula Villages phone 4344 9199. Peninsula Village is located at 91 Pozieres Avenue, Umina Beach.