My name is Sarah Alford. I am a social worker employed by Barnardos to work with your
whanau. I’ve been working as a social worker with families and children for over 6 years,
along with being a parent myself to two teenagers.
We all have times in life where things get difficult and I feel privileged to be able to partner
alongside your children, yourself, the school and any other agencies to help navigate some
meaningful solutions. The first step (and often the hardest!) is asking for help.
My role is very broad, although is always child focused. It can include working directly with
your child 1:1 on how to manage different emotions, anxiety, anger, stress and social skills. I
can also provide group programmes. It can include supporting you as a parent or caregiver
to help with parenting ideas or putting your own supports in place. I can connect you with
other community organisations, make referrals or advocate to ensure you are getting access
to services you are entitled too (e.g. WINZ, Housing, DHB).
If this sounds like it might be helpful to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
My mobile phone 027 349 9646 or email, Sarah.Alford@barnardos.org.nz
I look forward to hearing from you