I am very new to the work of D&A. My background is social work and I gained my qualification back in 1986, in South Africa, where I originate from. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of settings, including child and adult safeguarding, foster care, therapeutic work with victims of sexual abuse and adult social care. More recently, my focus changed to working within mental health settings, including brief work within a secure mental health hospital.
Over the years, I have become increasingly aware of the joy that comes from being a source of encouragement to those who find themselves in a vulnerable position, for whatever reason, and to see them grow and overcome difficulties that they thought impossible. It gives me much joy to come alongside someone who struggles, to help them find their own strengths and to build on the potential they already have.
I have two beautiful children who are both young adults and they continue to challenge my views of the world and they most certainly keep me grounded. They help me to develop a good understanding of the needs of young people, the struggles they face from day to day and the things that matter most.
I am constantly aware of the need to grow and to explore new things. Over the last few months, I discovered the joy of painting and find this to be super relaxing. I have always loved reading and more recently started to educate myself more on subjects including social justice and political philosophy. Another passion is traveling, as well as watching all of the Jason Bourne films in one go. How sad!