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Staff Profile: Sarah Galdes

Sarah Galdes, Sacred Heart Mission's Training and Student Placement Coordinator

4 November 2019

Sarah Galdes, one of our newer employees at Sacred Heart Mission, is passionate about social justice and teaching practices that promote our trauma-informed and holistic service delivery.

With a degree in Social Welfare and as a professional trainer, Sarah joined Sacred Heart Mission (SHM) in January 2019 following more than six years in the community services and education sectors.

Having dedicated her career to working for organisations providing services to people experiencing disadvantage, Sarah says the Mission stands out because of its fundamental focus on delivering a trauma-informed care framework.

“It’s fantastic to work for an organisation dedicated to supporting people in a strengths-based and empowering way,” Sarah says.

“I feel privileged to be in a role that delivers on this by supporting and training SHM staff to provide effective services that make a real difference in people’s lives.”

As the Training and Student Placement Coordinator, Sarah is part of the Workforce Development team, which looks after the professional growth of staff and volunteers, as well as placements for social work and community service students.

On an average day, Sarah could be coordinating the student placement program, facilitating induction training to new staff members, running training workshops, building industry partnerships or developing content for future development sessions.

“My work at the Mission has been a career-changing and inspiring experience,” Sarah says.

“Sacred Heart Mission is the most generous organisation I have had the privilege to be part of, you really feel a sense of welcome and community here.

“Every staff member truly lives the organisation's values and is united in challenging the societal structures that lead to disadvantage.

“All of our induction sessions are full, which I see as a testament to a thriving organisation dedicated to achieving ever better outcomes for people experiencing hardship in our community.”

Sarah, who is originally from Adelaide, and has worked in client-facing roles across clinical and community services organisations, as well as in education settings for the government and private organisations, feels fortunate to have landed this role at SHM.

“My client-facing professional experience, combined with my understanding of the service system and the complex contributors to societal disadvantage, are the perfect blend for this position,” Sarah says.

“I thrive off equipping students with the knowledge and resources they’ll need to be able to make the greatest difference to people’s lives.

“Our students are the future of the community service sector and seeing them graduate as social workers and community service professionals is one of the most satisfying parts of my job.”

Over the next year, Sarah looks forward to creating further development opportunities for SHM staff to continue to deliver responses that support people to overcome challenges and build momentum for a new and positive future.

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