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Summary

Age: 29

Date of Birth: 6 January

Gender: Female

Languages: English, Afrikaans, Dutch. Learning Norwegian 

Nationality: South African

Work experience

Sep 2014Mar 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 2012Jun 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 2008Nov 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 2010Feb 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 2007Jan 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.

Education

Feb 2008Dec 2011

BA Social Work

University of Cape Town

Subjects

  • 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 2005Dec 2005

Cape Town Baptist Seminary

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

2004

Pinelands High School

Matric

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

Interests

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

References

Jade Maxwell-Newton

Anneli Lenhardt

Sarita Sirmongpong