She has been involved with A Girl Called Hope since 2004, and in 2006 accepted the offer to lead the process of establishing the residential wellbeing programme in Auckland. Passionate about building strength and resilience in young women, she finds it a privilege to walk alongside so many who are seeking change for themselves and the generations they will impact.
A Girl Called Hope is overseen by a local Board of Trustees, comprised of business professionals from both corporate and non–profit sectors.
Residential & Community Programme Manager
Committed to upholding programme integrity and passionate about equipping others to live in freedom, Makerita leads our team of dedicated practitioners. Her role focuses on day to day oversight of our Wellbeing Programmes. Leading a multi-disciplinary team calls on Makerita's skills and experience from study at Laidlaw College, business management, ministry in the Vineyard movement and specialist training in therapeutic work. She has facilitated Criminogenics rehabilitation programmes and then trained and worked in Family Therapy with a leading NGO, engaging young people with severe conduct disorder as well as their ecology. Born in Samoa and raised in South Auckland, Makerita has a great sense of humour and loves all things rugby.
This role assists the Programme Manager with day to day running of the Residential Home as well as various administration tasks of the Residential Wellbeing Programme.
Our full time Programme Assistant holds a Bachelor of Nursing and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (mental health) at Auckland University. She has worked with a variety of different mental health teams within the Auckland community and joins us after a significant amount of time volunteering at the Watoto babies home in Uganda.
Originating from the Bay of Plenty she loves a good cup of coffee and exploring different parts of the world.
The Household Manager facilitates the daily operation of the Residential Home including consultation with the nutrition health professional in the preparation of Meal Plans. With a wide-range of skills in catering, early childhood teaching, retail, raising a family and running businesses she is ideally suited to working alongside residents to build their practical life skills. Dedicated to creating a welcoming home, she also strengthens residents’ skills to maintain their own households.
This team includes senior Residential Wellbeing Programme Staff along with Counsellors who hold a suitable qualification (Degree or Diploma level) and current membership in an appropriate national professional body (eg. NZ Christian Counsellors Association (NZCCA) or NZAC (NZ Association of Counsellors). Weekly individual counselling is provided by our Counsellors and therapeutic Group process is facilitated by members of this team. The Therapeutic Team participates in regular peer supervision as well as professional external supervision.
This role assists those applying for the Residential Wellbeing Programme. An important aspect of this role is consulting with the applicant's community support team and health professionals, to ensure we are suitable to meet the applicant's current needs and goals for change. Where A Girl Called Hope is not a good fit then other services may be recommended for the applicant to explore.
Trained as a registered nurse, our Intake Coordinator is highly skilled in triage and assessment honed in a professional multi-disciplinary team as well as in community organisations.
Nutrition Health Professional
We contract a registered Dietitian (Msc Nutrition & Dietetics) to the service. Monthly consultations are made available to residents with the support of Residential Wellbeing Programme staff. Our Dietitian also provides support for the programme staff to keep abreast of current developments in this field, to inform our holistic approach to wellbeing.
Transition Support Coordinator
Our Transition Coordinator supports residents as they transition back into community after graduating from the Residential Wellbeing phase of programme.
A key aspect of this role is in providing support for the graduate's Accountability Mentor as they walk alongside the graduate in her community.
Our Transition Coordinator holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Massey University and a Practicing Certificate with the Social Workers Registration Board. She is also our part-time Programme Assistant.
The young women in the programme have access to specialist doctors and medical professionals as and when required.
Kaitautoko (Night & Weekend)
Our Kaitautoko are employed to provide support and care for residents during nights and weekends. While not providing direct therapeutic input for residents, they are trained in accessing these services should it be required. On-call support and supervision is available from experienced programme staff. Kaitautoko come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences; these often include counselling, social work, teaching, and nursing as well as those with experience and interest in youth work and pastoral care.
This role is for the development of our community initiatives with a focus on the Shine & Strength community courses run through schools and community groups.
Care of our Volunteers is also an important part of this role.
Events & Fundraising
As a not-for-profit this role is vital to the continuing work of A Girl Called Hope.
They are responsible for coordinating fundraising opportunities and events to raise awareness and increase financial support for our ongoing work.
Communication is important to us and this role is responsible for implementing communications through a variety of mediums.