Family Works comes together at Rātana


There was a feeling of reconnection in the air as staff from Family Works Central attended their annual noho marae at Rātana Pā.

“The event was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 lockdown, so the hui was a good chance for the teams to come together, share their experiences, and meet new members of the Family Works whānau,” says Family Works General Manager Julia Hennessy.

This year Women’s Refuge New Zealand Chief Executive Dr Ang Jury also attended the hui and led a workshop on collaboration.

Other sessions over the two days provided opportunities for the teams to share with each other success they had found in the work they had been doing.

Each Family Works team was tasked with performing a skit about how they have kept their services operating with the ongoing disruptions caused by Covid-19.

PSC Chief Executive Joe Asghar and Presbyterian Support New Zealand National Executive Officer Dr Prudence Stone also attended and contributed to the discussions.

“The environment at Rātana allowed staff to contribute ideas about the different issues they face daily in their work,” Julia adds.

“It was also a chance for us to interact in a relaxed atmosphere, catch up with others, and share some laughs.”


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