Chilly job to help families

Michael Garrett, Sheffield social worker heading out to Falklands to help British troops and their families for SSAFA charity
Michael Garrett, Sheffield social worker heading out to Falklands to help British troops and their families for SSAFA charity
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Duties in the chilly south Atlantic are calling for a Sheffield social worker.

Michael Garrett, aged 32, who grew up in Killamarsh but later lived in Norton Lees with his wife Nicola, has been working in Germany after taking up a job with armed forces charity SSAFA 18 months ago.

Now the organisation is sending him to the Falklands Islands for a year to work with military families.

Describing his posting to the Falklands, Michael said: “Previously my work has predominantly been around just children or children and families.

“In the Falklands, the role requires a lot of direct work as an adult social worker, which is a new challenge for me. I’ll also be getting actively involved in the local community by volunteering with activities.”

He is also looking forward to exploring ‘a different part of the world’ and practising wildlife photography.

His wife, who was working in Switzerland while he was in Germany, is also joining him on the posting.

Former Eckington School pupil Michael initially took a degree in sports coaching and started working with troubled youngsters for Rotherham Youth Offending Team. He later went back to Hallam University to take a degree in social work and started in the profession in Barnsley.