Trevor Hayley (NDIS Mentor)

Trevor ‘met’ Youth Options back in February 2020, and after an initial conversation, both believed there was a future, particularly in the NDIS mentoring space. He was particularly taken with the innovative ‘Pathways’ program and is looking forward to walking and guiding clients through the process, as together we find what the future can possibly look like. He also is involved with ‘Drive Me’, helping clients get their driving hours up.

Trevor has a keen interest in people. After leaving his ‘previous life’ as an accountant giving tax advice, he has floated around a number of people from all sorts of walks of life.. Whether this was a ‘particularly rough’ community meal just sharing in stories of those living on the streets, to being team leader of an State Award winning group for people living on their own, which has grown from two to twenty in three years, or being a support to NDIS clients from 21 to 63 and being trusted by families to take their sons on adventures. He was also involved in a primary school community as a Pastoral Care Worker (PCW), caring for the staff, students and parents. All of this diversity has been underpinned by a further Certificate lV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care.

He also has a Bachelor of Commerce and has been able to apply his accounting skills, as finance officer for a not for profit, and assisting clients to get new household appliances through the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS).

He also, as he shares, has the privilege from time to time to take on the role of Celebrant when families have suffered a loss. He believes lives need to be celebrated, while at the same time bringing presence, empathy and compassion to families. This leads to a warm presentation style, with a touch of informality and celebration. He is also a keen blogger on grief and related issues, with over seventy blogs on his website (

Using his YouTube channel ‘Life Reflections through Music’, Trevor also enjoys the challenge of reflecting to camera without notes, often just starting with a word. If the Channel even touches one person, it has done its job.

Trevor is looking forward to bring all of this experience into the next chapter of the innovative environment of Youth Options, and although due to the ‘——–‘ times, was able to ‘officially start’ in July 2020. He has been taken by the care and attentiveness of staff, their incredible care for their clients, the creativity of the space on Sturt Street, and the many wins Youth Options have had over their years of operation. He feels he will be able to ‘fly’ and to innovate while working with staff to achieve the objectives and mission of the organisation.