Social worker’s volunteer trip to help change lives of orphans in South Africa
Published by KBarnes for New Charter Housing Trust Group in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education, Environment, Health
A social worker who helps families through difficult times is preparing for the trip of a lifetime to South Africa where she will help to change the lives of orphaned children.
Tomiqua Munro, 26, from Manchester leaves the UK on Friday (24January) to spend five weeks as a volunteer in Durban where she will care for children who are at risk, including many with HIV and AIDS.
Tomiqua’s placement is with the Child Welfare Durban and District, the largest voluntary organisation of its kind in South Africa.
She will also work at residential day centres with children who need care outside their homes because of neglect, abandonment or abuse.
Talking about her trip, Tomiqua said: “I’m excited and nervous because it’s such a different way of living over there and I’m not sure what to expect.
“I know it’s going to be tough but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and it’s a really good experience and an opportunity to bring back what I learn to my job here in England.”
Tomiqua is a family support worker in the Inspire team at New Charter Homes in Tameside where she has worked since graduating in social work in 2009.
Day-to-day she helps struggling families to tackle unemployment, anti-social behaviour and low school attendance.
Tomiqua added: “I’ll be staying with my family who leave near Durban and I’ll be writing a blog and taking photos throughout my trip so people can follow my journey.
“I’ve also done a bit of fundraising at work so I’ll be taking some donations with me so the company I’m supporting can buy more of the things they need.”
Sue Hird, Director of Tenancy and Support Services at New Charter oversees the Inspire team. She said: “This is a once in a lifetime trip and it’s an opportunity for Tomiqua to gain some invaluable experience that we can all learn from. Tomiqua is funding the flights herself and New Charter is also sponsoring some time back under the Giving Time back scheme.
“We have plans in place to continue with the same levels of services to our families and we wish Tomiqua all the best for her new venture.”
You can follow Tomiqua’s blog at http://www.newcharterhomes.co.uk/blog/tomiqua.munro