Meet Pabitra Shahi who is the SSAFA social work assistant and Nepali interpreter based in Brunei.
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Pabrita is part of the team providing specialist services for serving families which are designed to help them overcome the problems sometimes faced when living overseas.
In Brunei, our Personal Support and Social Work Service supports a unique population of Gurkha soldiers and their families whose first language is Nepali. With the Garrison so far away from their extended family and friends, our service in Brunei meets some distinct welfare challenges while also supporting the local health and education service.
Pabitra says, “I’ve held my position at SSAFA as Social Work Assistant and Interpreter for just over two years. My work mostly involves translating, interpreting and assisting the Senior Social Workers.
The main thrust of our work is around family and child care. Therefore the focus for us as a team is on safeguarding, child protection and supporting ‘children in need’. We also deliver an ‘Incredible Years’ Parenting course on one-to-one basis and work in partnership with the MoD and specialist welfare services here in Brunei."
Pabrita says, "supporting our Forces families is very important to me. It has been a great privilege using my translation skills to help and support Nepali families, especially when they are going through difficult times.
It also means that we are able to bridge a gap between the social work staff, who are predominantly English speaking and the very community that we are here to help.
One of things I enjoy most about working with SSAFA is the wonderful team spirit that we have. We are a close-knit community with high morale and good sense of humour, which is especially important when times get tough.
It is important to know that you can reply on others especially when confidentiality and sensitivity is required."