Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld Ltd
ABN: 97075403959

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Valuing People

We’d like you to get to know some of our dedicated team. So, every so often look out for short interviews (like the one below) with Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Queensland staff members, board members, and volunteers.

 Elsie Crop

Meet Elsie, one of our Family Intervention Service team members.

Q:   When did you start working for Lifeline Darling Downs?

A:    I joined the Lifeline Darling Downs Family Intervention Service team in December 2015.

My previous work as a teacher in primary schools and as a social worker with the Cerebral Palsy League in Ipswich have enriched my interest in working with and supporting children. My career so far has been a mixture of social work and primary school teaching roles within Australia and India. I am passionate about finding ways for children to know, and have the means to communicate, their inner world and to be aware of their unique value in the world around them.

Q:   Can you tell me a bit about your role?

A:    I work in the Toowoomba Head Office as part of the FIS team. Our aim is to help families identify and build on their strengths and to create change, working in conjunction with the goals developed in Child Protection Intervention by Child Safety Services.

The aim of this service is determining what is in the best interest of the child (children) with a focus on preserving families by assisting parents to develop practical skills that will assist them to improve the safety of the home environment and build stability and stronger attachments between parent and child.

Q:  What is the best thing about your job?

A:   I enjoy figuring out the approach that best works to explore each person’s view of themselves and the world around them and to reflect on how that has been shaped.

I really appreciate the openness of children and adults in sharing themselves. Seeing the client recognise their strengths and work alongside them in their change processes is very rewarding.

Q:    Tell us a bit more about you?

A:     I spent most of my childhood in the Toowoomba and Gatton area. I grew up wanting to help people experiencing disadvantage. My parents and grandparents have always volunteered. Their influence inspired me to volunteer. Volunteer work with a charity in India has been a large part of my life in the past 10 years and this year I am embarking on a new project in the field of disability with the charity.

My husband and I have recently set up an Indian restaurant in Stanthorpe and so I am currently spreading my wings between Toowoomba and Stanthorpe. My waitressing skills are rather slow to progress!

I continue to learn and explore life with the support of great family and friends and I look forward to gaining more learning and experience in helping children.

Q:   How do you unwind when you’re not at work?

A:    Swimming and anything to do with water, and sleep comes to mind! I really love to explore new places, hang out with my family and annoying my nieces and nephews.