Today is World Social Work Day, the key day in the year that social workers worldwide stand together to advance their common message globally.
The theme for World Social Work Day 2021 is: Ubuntu: I am Because We are – Strengthening Social Solidarity and Global Connectedness.
´Ubuntu´ originates from the indigenous peoples of South Africa and was popularised across the world by Nelson Mandela. Ubuntu: ‘I am because we are’ is a word, concept and philosophy that resonates with the social work perspective of the interconnectedness of all peoples and their environments. It speaks to the need for global solidarity and also highlights indigenous knowledge and wisdom.
At Royal Far West our Social Work team provides amazing skills and services to country kids through our programs including our Paediatric Developmental Program, Telecare and Windmill, and in-community services.
Our team strives to engage country families by mobilising systemic structures to address the challenges they face, and enhance the overall wellbeing of children, their families, and communities. Our work is underpinned by the strong ethics and beliefs of the Social Work profession, and guided by the core values our organisation.
Our Social Workers listen to each family’s needs, identifying their strengths, and work collaboratively as a team to address adversities to ultimately build stronger families in rural and regional communities.
Team member Ruby says, “Working at RFW has given me the skills and knowledge to practice social work in an ethical, culturally aware and child-centred way. I feel strongly that the sentiment of ‘I am because we are’ resonates at RFW. Our team recognises the interconnectedness of children, their families and their communities, the system that services them, and the importance of a collaborative approach to health for all children”.
Finally, a huge ‘thank you’ to our Social Work team, and Social Work teams everywhere, for their skilful and compassionate care and support of people every day of the year.