11th October 2004




A Social Care student from the University of Lincoln has returned to the UK after spending five and a half months working in New Zealand.


Catherine Hoyes (34) from Elloughton, Hull, travelled abroad for her final-year placement and worked as a residential social worker at the Lower North Youth Justice Centre in Palmerston North, New Zealand.


During an initial 80-day placement organised by the National Children’s Homes organisation (NCH) and Massey University, Catherine worked with around 30 young offenders, many of whom had committed serious criminal offences such as rape, assault and arson.


After her placement, Catherine enjoyed three weeks’ leave before starting another temporary placement as a case worker with the New Zealand equivalent of the UK’s social services.


“The work aspect was very rewarding, particularly since New Zealand is bi-cultural and very different to the multi-cultural population here in the UK,” said Catherine.


“NCH were very supportive of me by not only allowing me to work abroad, but also by paying me a salary whilst I was over there to help fund the experience.


“During my spare time my family came to visit me, and we went hiking and swam with dolphins.”


In her spare time, Catherine also competed in the New Zealand National Canoe Polo Championships, in which her team achieved a bronze medal.


“The university is extremely proud of Catherine’s achievements, as are Massey University and her placement organisers NCH,” said Malcolm Golightley, Senior Academic in Health and Social Care.


“She has worked very hard to complete the foreign placement towards her Social Care diploma and has been an excellent ambassador for the university.”



For more information contact:

Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                                   mcross@lincoln.ac.uk