Gemma started with Tūtaki in March 2019 as a Social Worker working with Youth. Gemma helps young people work through things that aren’t working well for them in their lives and together they come up with different ways to tackle these challenges.
She completed my Bachelor of Social Practice at Unitec in Auckland in 2014, which included completing placements both in the youth sector with He Wero O Nga Wahine Teen Parent Unit and Village Sports Academy. She relocated with her family to Stratford in 2016 where she first worked with Barnardos for a few years before swapping to Tūtaki to go back to the youth sector where most of my experience has been based.
Her role is to ensure young people aged 15-25 years old fit into their lives as comfortably and happily as they can, whether it is at school or home and with friends or Whānau. This is done using one-to-one or group work designed to meet the young person’s identified needs and is often adapted as we go through the journey together. As part of this, we provide advocacy in working with other services and are involved in local youth events including working alongside the Stratford District Youth Council and other community groups such as the Taranaki Safe Families Trust.
Gemma really appreciates that at Tūtaki we are all able to come together creatively to develop solutions to suit a persons needs.