Social workers supporting Australians for over 75 years.
As the bushfire disaster swept across Australia, Central NSW Social Work Manager Cheryl Jenkins began work on the emergency response.
coordinated Services Australia’s network of social workers ensuring they could
get into bushfire ravaged communities to provide support and trauma
Sixty-five social workers visited
isolated communities in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia as part
of Mobile Service Teams, with the help of the Australian Defence Force.
were able to offer very practical assistance,” Cheryl said.
were able to check people were safe, had somewhere to go and were connected
with services to help them in their recovery.”
Services Australia social workers have been supporting Australians for 75 years. More than 650 staff are based in cities and regional areas around the country. They offer support and assistance including assessments, early intervention, crisis support, short-term counselling and referrals for people with multiple and complex needs. Last financial year they responded to more than 235,000 referrals for support.
is one of the agency’s longest serving social workers. She started work in the Campbelltown Service
Centre in 1983 working with families experiencing domestic violence and young
people at risk of homelessness.
In May 2003, she managed the first team
of social workers sent overseas to support grieving families during the trials
of the Bali bombers.
“The support the social workers provided
was critical especially during the court cases,” Cheryl said.
“It was a foreign environment and people
were extremely emotional and they needed social workers to guide them through
Cheryl said it’s a privilege to support
people in their time of need.
“People allow social workers into their
lives at very difficult times,” Cheryl said.
“It’s always so incredible to see how resilient people can be and to be given the opportunity to help them through the challenges they face.”
can find more general information about our social workers here.