My name is Gaynor Holmes and I’m the Senior
Case Manager for a Child Community Agency that’s funded by the Department of Health
& Human Services. I chose this career because I was raised in
a single family and from a very you g age I saw there was a difference between myself
and other families. From a very young age I decided I wanted to
work with children I secured the job I have now with my current
employer following the community services diploma through Chisholm
Chisholm prepared me very well in working with families and children
They helped me to understand the dynamics of families and the importance of positive
family functioning. It wasn’t all theoretical, it was practical. What really inspired me were the real life
stories that came from women and families and children that had suffered adversity in
the community or disadvantage or an injustice A light bulb moment for me coming out of Chisholm
was, when I had learned so many different theories – child development theories, social
economic disadvantage… you know, health education and employment. I sort of sat there and wondered how all of
this fits into one situation and when I began working with families in the home I realised
that all of those areas intersect to create positive family functioning
A day in my life as a case manager, I have ten cases that I work with at any one time. I spend roughly about 4 hours per week with
each family, so that’s a full time role. I work with newborn babies and sometimes babies
in utero all the way through to families. I love working with young kids. I also have a responsibility to my organisation,
so I am a senior family violence worker. I hold the portfolio for our organisation. So I do what we call reflective practise groups
for my team where I educate my team on elements of family violence and case management. And I’m proud of that. I enjoy the work that I do, it’s extremely
varied. In ten years’ time I see myself working
specifically in family violence and working with children who have been subjected to family
violence. It’s a passion of mine and I would actually
like to write a book at some stage about my journey through family violence and through
adversity and how I was able to manage out of that
The most rewarding thing about my work is seeing families get back on their feet and
having fun, we have fun with the kids. There’s nothing more rewarding than hearing
the child’s side of things, their view, their feelings, and being able to encourage
them to be the best little humans that they can be.