Worker leaves legacy
SKATEBOARDING festivals, a bike trial demonstration, and a renovated youth centre are part of youth worker Hilde Holm’s legacy to Gayndah youth.
As Ms Holm prepared to leave after one year in the role, the popular Uniting Care Community youth worker found highlights and challenges hard to pick.
Ms Holm’s top pick for each was the renovation of the youth centre.
She was pleased to put her Masters in Interior Architecture and Design to good use in the design of the centre, but said it was difficult “right up to Christmas when all the renovations were happening at once”.
The recent official opening and “having the kids using the space” was her top highlight, followed by the skateboarding festivals Ms Holm said.
While youth work was a very different career to interior design, Ms Holm said her studies in psychology had served her well. “Working with people is always going to be difficult,” she said. One aspect was getting attached to those you work with.
“I care for the kids – it’s hard to say goodbye.”
With her partner, Ms Holm plans to return home to Norway to visit with family, before returning to travel around Australia.
“We want to do it while we’re young – it’s now or never. I’m certainly going to miss this job,” Ms Holm said.
FAREWELL: Youth worker Hilde Holm says thanks and farewell to Gayndah's youth and UnitingCare Community colleagues.