In Q3 202, GP is proud to have 3 NUS Social Work students Annabel, Amelia and Claire joined the GP family for their internship component. They were involved in multiple facets of GP and contributed to them firsthand. From Case Studies, Therapeutic Interventions and direct work, the interns were able to help our Home’s work first hand and experience life in a residential home.
The interns were also involved in a unique project — a video for GP’s future Family Care Officers (FCOs). FCOs resemble the Guardians, the Gatekeepers of GP. That being said, the FCOs is capable of moulding the experience of our Girls and GP Family. We felt that visual aids could support the GP’s training arm and incoming FCOs. Together with GP FCOs, the interns worked diligently to produce a video series, “FCOs of GP”, We hope that this series will make up for FCO’s steep learning curve.
On the last day of their internship, we interviewed the interns. Here are their thoughts:
Q1: What brought you to intern in GP? Upon entering (GP), what are your initial thoughts of this internship or social service?
Amelia: At the start, I chose to intern at GP as I wanted to learn more about the youth residential setting. I was very nervous but excited to embark on this journey before the internship!
Claire: I felt excited at first because I was delving into something completely new. But I was nervous as to whether I would be able to adapt to a residential setting. And also whether I will be able to get along well with the girls there.
Annabel: I came into GP as a part of my (course) internship module, not knowing what to expect. I was also fearful before I met the Girls because I had this preconceived notion that Girls in these kinds of residential home settings would be quite “out of control”.
Q2: How has the journey in GP been like for you?
Amelia: I am grateful for the supportive environment in GP. It allowed me to be unafraid to explore new things, make mistakes and learn from them. GP is a safe space for us to grow professionally and personally (individually). Everyone is very friendly and welcoming, which made settling in an easy task. I learned a lot through all the opportunities this internship provided and had fun in the process as well.
Annabel: GP has a family culture, where everyone genuinely cares for everyone. (After meeting everyone) I felt a lot more at ease because everyone is so welcoming. The staff are accommodating and approachable, creating a comfortable working environment. I also feel safe enough to explore in this environment, knowing that I would be supported if I need help. After meeting the girls, I realised that the girls are very sweet and have a lot of potential to bloom and become women of dignity and confidence.
Q3: What is one thing about GP that stands out to you?
Claire: The atmosphere in GP, as well as the FCO, made a significant impact upon my time in GP. The environment based on positive affirmation. GP provides positive regard but also warm intervention methods and open interactions with everyone, be it staff, interns or the girls. It is a very welcoming place which makes me keen to learn things that I was and could be doubtful. It overrode my previous worries of being judged or questioned if I pose a question during the internship.
Amelia: The family culture in GP is very prominent. The staff here are family to one other and the girls. The amount of love and dedication the team have for all the girls is admirable. No matter who walks through the doors of GP, they accept each girl for her uniqueness and support her through her entire journey. Being able to experience and witness this with my very own eyes warmed my heart.
Annabel: Working in GP, is not all rainbows and sunshine when working with the girls, but at the end of the day, seeing how the girls transform makes everything worth it.
Q4: Finally, what would you say is your most significant takeaway from this internship:
Amelia: Hmm my greatest takeaway is to do your best and have no regrets. I was unsure if this course, what I’m studying, is what I want to pursue in the long run. This internship made me realise that this is what I want to be involved in, and I’m thankful for that!
Claire: Teamwork. Working in a (residential home) setting, everyone needs to work together for things to come in place. This internship showed me that teamwork requires everyone’s time and effort. Especially during the video project, the filming team, Head of Home and fellow FCOs had to work on various aspects concurrently. From liaising of (actors’) schedules, checking of (script) content, the acting, logistics and all, these are only possible through constant communication between all of us to allow the entire filming process to fall in place!
Annabel: The people whom I’ve met in GP made the whole experience a memorable one. I had a great time with both staff and girls, and I love the warmth from the GP’s environment and the staff team!
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