Bronte’s Staff Update:
Kia Ora, I’m Bronte and I have been lucky enough to join the AJs family over the summer.
I am in my final year studying sustainability and outdoor education at Ara and first started working with AJs for my adventure therapy paper, where I designed a programme for a small group from AJs to head into the outdoors once a week for five weeks. We went to the beach for some activity-based learning, walking, rock climbing, high ropes, and picnicking. Over this time, we worked on personal and team goals such as developing teamwork, confidence, fitness, and communication. We saw a lot of progress and had heaps of fun over the course of the programme, and I was then given the opportunity to work at AJs during my uni break.
I became the helping hand in the workroom and after learning the ropes and getting to know everyone, I was settled and loving my time at AJs. It was a busy time of year with lots of different jobs and despite the excitement of Christmas coming up, everyone worked hard and got lots done before the break. I also got to fill in on some outings such as T-ball and bowling which was a great way to connect with the clients outside of the workroom and support them in different ways. Now we’re back into the swing of things and we have been making trips to see the buskers and working hard for my last few weeks before starting back at uni.
I now look forward to continuing a very similar program that I did last semester with the clients and taking them into the outdoors and on pursuits throughout this year starting with rock climbing. I hope to continue developing connections and working on goals that the clients set.
A big thank you to everyone at AJs for being so welcoming and so full of life.