I’m originally from Watford, England but I have been living in New Zealand since 2014 and in Nelson since 2017. I live with my wife Beccy and our two cats, Sting and Bo Peep. I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from NMIT (2021). While studying, I had the opportunity to gain work experience in a variety of roles across the field of Social Work; from working at the Male Room to inpatient mental health care at Wahi Oranga and Alexandra Hospital, before securing a full-time role here at Fossil Creek Farm Trust.
I am focussed on developing a client-led, collaborative practice in my work, drawing largely task-centred and strengths-based approaches, with a healthy dose of good humour thrown in wherever possible. The most important thing to me is to create a strong relationship with all those I work with, to get to know each individual on a personal level and tailor our sessions appropriately. No two days at the farm are the same and I feel privileged to enjoy connecting with such a wide range of clie
nts from all walks of life and introducing them to the animals here. A personal favourite of mine is Holly, the miniature donkey, who often gives out free hugs. When not visiting Holly I can often be found feeding the alpacas, hanging out with Priscilla an d Piggy Sue, or occasionally (on a rainy day) working on my chess game. I see the farm as a safe space, where people of all ages can connect on a social level, person-to-person (or indeed person-to-animal) and just be themselves. We pride ourselves on
providing a strong extended support network, where you can enjoy a true sense of community and belonging.