These youngsters have just completed a social worker internship at Sunfield Home and because of their interest in the field of disability were referred to us by their lecturers. We chatted with them to find out more.

They are both studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Social work at Hugenote College. Amy shares that she always knew that she wanted to make a difference in the world, but realised that making a difference in one person’s life is enough.  She believes that social work will allow her to help others live better quality lives, without trying to change them.  Rocco wants to make a difference by being a voice for the voiceless, educating people on their rights and responsibilities, and standing against social injustices.

 

Although they approached their time at Sunfield Home with an open mind they were not prepared for how much they would enjoy it or how it would change their lives for the better.  They share that a person can never pick one highlight because it’s always amazing to see the residents enjoying themselves and the smiles on their faces while they are dancing, singing or painting. The sports day project was also a highlight for Rocco.

At first, it was challenging to have a conversation with some of the residents but as time flew past, they started to understand them. They were also confronted with sometimes challenging behaviours and mixed emotions, but soon learned that patience as well as putting firm boundaries into place was needed. Amy has also been practising her Afrikaans at Sunfield Home and the residents helped her along the way! Both of them learned that Sunfield Home is a place that is always evolving to make the lives of residents better through their programmes and support services.

Social workers make a difference in the lives of our residents when they listen to them and plan interventions that will suit their disabilities. The majority of the time, the person with an intellectual disability just needs someone to listen to them and help them heal from what they haven’t healed from already.   Social workers should always strive to improve the lives of people with disabilities by including them through participation in all activities and doing what is in their best interest.

We thank them for their contribution.