During my second yr Bachelor of Social Work Degree I undertook a 3 month placement at the Christchurch City Council Housing Unit. The environment at the CCC was very engaging and open which helped me quickly settle in. I accompanied any of the Tenancy Advisors on their daily routine of dealing with an enormous range of issues and general management of 2346 Council Units and about 3000 tenants.
The City Council does not currently employ a social worker in this department so it was a challenge to assess the range of issues that arose and offer a perspective to the Tenancy Advisors from a social worker's outlook. This involed dealing with and networking with a range of social organisations to support the more vulnerable tenants who often had complex needs.
During the placement I had fantastic support from the BSW teaching staff with weekly tutorials to disuss my progress and also three meeting with my Field Educator from CPIT. The Field Educator was also available to disuss any critical issues that arose.
The three months passed quickly and I returned to the world of academia with a great insight into the requirements of a social worker in the role of social housing.