Cally Nixon

  • Cape Town
Cally Nixon


Age: 29

Date of Birth: 6 January

Gender: Female

Languages: English, Afrikaans, Dutch. Learning Norwegian 

Nationality: South African

Work History

Work History
Sep 2014 - Mar 2016

Youth Transitions Facilitator

Mamelani Projects
  • One-on-one mentoring and  individual transition planning with each young person
  • Facilitating bi-weekly experiential group sessions
  • Facilitating training sessions with Child and Youth Care Workers and other organisations
  • Extensive collaboration and work with young refugees/ asylum seekers and relevant refugee organisations
  • Liaising and working with parents, schools, and other community groups/organisations
  • Contributing and writing research pertaining to the fields of transitional support programmes, as well as the resilience of young people
Jun 2012 - Jun 2014

Community Social Worker

St Lukes Hospice

My roles were varied and included:

  • Providing psycho-social support to patients and their families for issues related to grief, loss and coming to terms with their diagnosis.
  • Performing crisis intervention and emergency action if and when the circumstances of the patient necessitated.
  • Creating and supervising involvement opportunities for volunteers
  • Facilitating the linking of patients with relevant remedial programmes, including referring clients to other welfare agencies where necessary.
  • Assisting patients with grant applications.
  • Play therapy with children
  • Creating and running Day Hospital programmes on Monday mornings.
  • Collaborating with the hospice Interdisciplinary team members to develop, provide, integrate and implement the proposed plan of care for the patient and family; continually updating the plan of care as needed.
Feb 2008 - Nov 2011

Social Work Field Practice Experience

2008: The Astra Centre

  • A Jewish sheltered employment organization. I spent six weeks here as part of my practical field work experience for my degree.

2009: Conradie Care Centre

  • Placed here for three months, working with patients who were chronically ill and in need of long-term rehabilitation.
  • Provided counselling to help patients accept their diagnosis and learn to cope, and assisted patients in their applications for disability grants.
  • Collaborated with the treatment team of clinical social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, and rehabilitation counsellors to develop individualised treatment plans

2010: Westlake United Church Trust

  • Placed here for one year and worked with clients from the township nearby.
  • Cases included family counselling, drug and alcohol education and assisting community members  with their social grant applications
  • Compiled a comprehensive service directory of the organisations working in the area so that community members would be aware of the services available to them.
  • Assisted Dutch social work volunteers to integrate into the local community and set up a project with the home based carers
  • Ran a psycho-educational group for young children from traumatised backgrounds.

2011: Timour Hall Primary School

  • Placed here for 6 months and counselled many children regularly on a one-on-one basis, dealing with a variety of issues including anxiety, bereavement and divorce in the family.
  • Ran a group with Grade 4 girls that focused on reducing the bullying behaviour that was identified as a problem within this grade.
Jan 2010 - Feb 2011

Kid's Club Manager

Mount Nelson Hotel
  • I was responsible for designing daily activity programmes for the kid’s club as well as arranging and supervising outings for the children of hotel guests.
Aug 2007 - Jan 2008

Associate Manager

Build a Bear Workshop

My roles as an associate manager included:

  • Providing strong leadership and managerial skills to motivate the team and support the store manager with daily tasks and responsibilities.
  • Training and developing sales associates, providing regular coaching and feedback to improve performance
  • Completing start of day procedures when opening the store, and end of day procedures when closing to ensure the store was ready at all times.
  • Processing guest transactions and performing till functions
  • Promoting sales by demonstrating merchandise and products to customers
  • Maintaining inventory by checking merchandise to determine inventory levels; anticipating customer demand.

Community Experience

2003-2007: Beautiful Gate Children’s Home

Volunteered at this home that looked after children infected and affected by HIV. I helped to train and lead other volunteers. I was also involved in planning outings and activities for the children. When the children became ill and were admitted to hospital, I also spent time with them there.

2002-2005: Transkei Mission

Every June/July during the winter holidays, i travelled with a team to Sondela mission station just outside of Mthatha. We led youth outreach program's, distributed water to the local communities, and also facilitated general maintenance of the mission buildings.

2009: Son Surf club

Led a surfing outreach programme. I was responsible for organizing weekly surfing trips, camps, conferences and fund raising events. I was required to lead large groups of teenagers as well as developing one to one relationships with individuals.

2010: Cape Agulhas World Cup Soccer Social Programme

In the June and July holidays, along with a team from my church, I had the opportunity to work with children from difficult backgrounds to help them channel their energy into positive behaviours through sport.


Feb 2008 - Dec 2011

BA Social Work

University of Cape Town


  • Professional interaction
  • Community connections
  • The political economy of the social service professions
  • community and youth development and contemporary social issues
  • Research and statistics
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
Jan 2005 - Dec 2005

Cape Town Baptist Seminary

Studied part-time to get a diploma in Missions and Youth ministry.


Pinelands High School


  • Graduated with Matric Exemption and Merit
  • Peerhelper/ counsellor to Grade 8 learners
  • Field hockey player – 2nd team
  • Christian Union Committee.


  • Music
  • Reading
  • Traveling
  • Surfing
  • Cooking
  • Creative art
  • Photography



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