Hello and farewell for Wanaka’s social workers
Presbyterian Support Services Otago recently welcomed new social worker Jenny Smith to Wanaka, while farewelling Jacqui Henson-Cubie, who has returned to Wales.
Practice manager Rachel McAnally said Henson-Cubie deserved thanks for the huge effort she had put into Wanaka as social worker and buddy programme co-ordinator.
Henson-Cubie’s role had been fulltime, with 30 hours devoted to social work and eight hours to co- ordinating the buddy programme, matching adult volunteers with children who would like to share a hobby with a mentor.
Smith has been appointed to work fulltime for 40 hours as a social worker. She is originally from Ireland and has lived in Hawke’s Bay for four years. She moved to Central Otago recently and began working on April 20.
The buddy programme coordinator’s role has been separated out and increased to 10 hours.
McAnnally said the increase in resources was made possible through the support of the Central Lakes Trust and other trusts.
‘‘We are absolutely delighted to employ Jenny. She comes with great experience in many fields of social work which will render her well in a rural town,’’ McAnnally said.
Smith is Wanaka’s only social worker. Contact her on 027 631 2919 or email@example.com. Presbyterian Support Services Otago’s Rachel McAnally (centre) welcomes social worker Jenny Smith (left) and
farewells Jacqui Henson-Cubie.