The Whānau Services Team
Strong shared values are why I jumped at the chance to partner with Sandra and grow Whānau Centred Services to become a great example of a social enterprise that focuses on the whānau we support, as well as the whānau we have on our team. Shared values and deep connections are what drives our mahi and our service forward.
My experience while running small businesses has shown me the importance of supporting the people you have on your team to achieve their goals. I have a passion for working with a team who are committed to the delivery of quality community and social services. Every member of our Whānau Centred Services team has a dream; to focus their mahi on a particular challenge in society, and I am passionate about helping them achieve those dreams.
My degree in Social Policy and experience as a financial mentor has enabled me to search for different ways to improve the welfare of individuals and Whānau.
Lorraine is a Registered Social Worker with an absolute passion for people. Lorraine has vast experience in the Social Work field, ranging from statutory work, foster care, adoption, bereavement groups, community development, and prison work.
Some highlights of Lorraine’s career are: graduating with distinction, assisting in setting up a sensory room for elderly persons with Alzheimer’s Disease, and working as a Community Development Practitioner for the Western Cape’s first Intergraded Residential Development Programme.
Lorraine’s social work is based on Carl Roger’s Person-Centred Approach. The approach allows me to help facilitate change in the lives of individuals, families and communities. Lorraine enjoys supporting clients to manage challenges using goal setting and guidance.
Nikki is an Occupational Therapist with 21 years’ experience. Nikki has a background in adult and child physical, mental health and special needs including sensory processing and emotional regulation difficulties. Nikki focuses on traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury; in the residential, hospital and community setting.
Nikki has developed a resilience programme for children aged between 5-12 years old. Resilient kids is an inspirational nature-based neuro-sequential cognitive programme. The programme is aimed at children who are often identified as having observable difficulties within the home, classroom, or social situations, In particular, areas of executive function, emotional regulation and social interactions.
Nikki has a special interest in children and optimal learning. She has recently developed a motor integration programme for students to aid learning within the classroom and for those struggling to read, write or progress in their school work.