Hello and farewell for Wanaka’s so­cial work­ers

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

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 jennys@pso­tago.org.nz. Pres­by­te­rian Sup­port Ser­vices Otago’s Rachel McA­nally (cen­tre) wel­comes so­cial worker Jenny Smith (left) and

farewells Jac­qui Hen­son-Cu­bie.

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