“Helping Blind Foundation clients achieve their recreation goals is what my job is all about,” says South Auckland Recreation Advisor, Latesha Sharp.
Latesha’s role involves meeting and conducting recreation assessments with clients who are referred to her. Together they will set recreation goals and ways to achieve them. Activities include, sports, crafts, and camps.
Latesha is also new to the Blind Foundation, joining us in January this year. She says she has just finished all her induction training and is glad to be getting into the work.
“Now with all my training done, I can focus on working with clients and organising our recreation activities. This includes our weekly trips for the garden group, new outlook, social lights, and safari. The trips generally have 10 people attending.
“I spend three days in the office and one day where I’m out on one of our weekly trips.”
In the office you can find Latesha catching up on work. You’ll find her busy planning trips, screening referrals, making follow ups, and at the moment working on next month’s newsletter.
It’s been all go for Latesha. Last month she took part in the Stadium Stomp event as a guide. The event sees its competitors participate in a stair climbing course. Latesha and her partner climbed 5000 stairs, that’s equivalent to doing the Sky Tower stair climb four and a half times.
Latesha assisted at the annual Blind Foundation Rotary Camp in March, helping out with various outdoor recreation activities. The three day camp, held at Camp Adair was for students from the ages of 10 to 20.
“It was an awesome opportunity, I learnt so much. I enjoy getting out there and helping our clients do the things they think they can’t.”
When she’s not working, Latesha can be found on the netball court or out on the field playing a game of touch.
Before working at the Blind Foundation, Latesha worked at Counties Manukau Sport. She was also a primary school sports instructor/coordinator. In that role Latesha visited primary schools around South Auckland to deliver fundamental sports programmes. One of those schools was BLENNZ, which got Latesha interested in her current role.