Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile – Surviving violence, creating hope, rebuilding lives


Jodie Bourke

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Head of Casework, Senior Social Worker

A few words about me

Social justice and impacting change for me has always been a focus in everything I do from gardening, social working, dreaming to protesting. I love nature, in particular, rivers, seas and people. Anything that involves cooking, laughing and being with family and friends is a priority. I trained to be a social worker 25 years ago and have always worked hard together with others, to uphold human rights. This continues to be at the heart of what I do.

What does your role at Baobab involve?

My key role is to provide guidance and support for our casework team and the wider Baobab community. I work together with others to uphold rights and entitlements of the young people we meet with a focus on ensuring appropriate care and safety. As a member of the leadership team I engage in critical thinking and aim to bring young people’s voices to the decision making process at Baobab.

What is your desert island book or music?

I love reggae music and seek any opportunity to watch it live so I can dance.

What 3 words would you use to describe Baobab?

Reflective. Connected. Colourful.