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Lauren Hansen

After leaving Plenty Valley I chose to complete a Bachelor of Social Work and work in the community services sector as I am passionate about the rights of vulnerable and marginalised people in our community.  I am a keen social justice advocate and believe in equal rights for all.

I am particularly interested in the child and family service sector and am passionate about ensuring children grow up in a safe and nurturing environment free from abuse and neglect.  I am passionate about supporting and empowering families to create positive change in their lives.

I enjoy being able to watch positive change happen in families and individuals and put resources in place to make a difference in people’s lives. I love the variety of work and the different clients groups that I can work with whether its youth homelessness, foster care,  youth substance misuse, community mental health, family support or supporting those who have experienced family violence. 

On a broader scale, I am passionate about advocating for the rights of vulnerable Australians both in social and political arenas and participating in community education around the rights of marginalised Australians and get satisfaction out of knowing that every voice helps contribute to a fairer and more compassionate society.

Plenty Valley Christian College provided me with a high quality education in a supportive and community focused environment. PVCC shaped my world view and inspired me to do my best. The teaching staff were clearly passionate about their students and often went above and beyond to support students especially in the VCE years.  The school helped me explore options in relation to career paths and I knew early on I wanted to pursue a career in a ‘helping’ profession. 

Plenty Valley instilled values and morals in me that I believe have held me in good stead for my chosen career which I still hold true today.