Christchurch, 08 August 2019 — A team from Enliven in Canterbury were excited to host yet another PSUSI Service Morning Tea; this time in the new main office, Te Korowai. About twenty PSUSI supporters accepted an invitation to learn more about social work for older people, including the Kaiāwhina service. Following an introduction by Enliven service manager Vicki Lucas, social worker Dawn Clark and Kaiawhina Hutika Crofts-Gibbs spoke about their roles while guests enjoyed a cuppa and some morning tea.
Dawn described the types of work she, as a social worker, is called upon to do. Hutika supported her with specific examples of ways in which she and her colleagues assist clients. Attendees took away nuggets such as how Hutika suggests to potential clients that she ‘pop by for a cup of tea’. This non-threatening approach allows her to observe the older person making a cup of tea in their own home, and thereby assess how independent and capable they are.
When asked by a guest how they come by referrals, the team shared that referrals come “every which way”. Sometimes a GP will refer; at other times it’s family or whānau. Sometimes clients reach out themselves. Interestingly, some clients have come to Enliven by way of a Kaiāwhina or social worker observing and approaching them on the street.
“Our social workers and Kaiāwhina bring an incredible suite of skills and professionalism to their roles,” says Barry Helem, CEO. “Service morning teas are a terrific way for supporters in the community to interact directly with our front line staff, to ask questions, and to hear amazing stories of the impact PSUSI has in people’s lives.”
Do look out for an invitation to our next service morning tea in your e-mail or on Facebook. If you live or work in the Christchurch area, we hope you will join us for a relaxed, enjoyable social time of learning, sharing, and connection.
(At this time service morning teas are only offered in Christchurch.)