I have been working at Tūtaki  Youth Inc. since March 2019 as the Youth Social Worker. Living here in Stratford, something that drew me to wanting to work at Tūtaki is that it is our local community supporting the youth of our community.

I 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. My family and I relocated to Stratford in 2016 where I first worked with Barnardos for a few years before swapping to Tūtaki to work closer to home and go back to the youth sector where most of my experience has been based.

My role at Tutaki 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 family. 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.

I love working in such a creative environment where every day is different and we can grow together with the local youth in our community.