I am currently in my first year of a Masters (Qualifying) of Social Work at Queensland University of Technology and soon to complete a placement with A Place to Belong. I felt welcomed as soon as I met some of the people in the A Place to Belong network. This time has been an extremely positive experience, helping me to develop a much better and deeper understanding of inclusion and community engagement. This is something I will take with me into my future practice.
Reflecting back to when I first started, I only understood community in a very general sense and I didn’t think much about the word’s significance. A Place to Belong however has shown me how important community is, and how it involves so much more than just a geographic location.
Mental health social work at A Place to Belong is challenging yet rewarding. Working directly with people in their neighbourhoods and communities, trying to make a difference in their lives can be very hard, but the results can be so positive. I am enjoying my journey with everyone and although the time seems so short, I will continue to learn as much as possible from this dedicated group of staff and the people they seek to assist.