Coral Hines


Ward Visitor

  • When did you join Canerows and Plaits?

I’ve been with Sound Minds for a longtime but started doing the Ward visits in         2009.

  • Why did you want to be a visitor?

I wanted to help people on the wards because I had spent a lot of time on the ward as a client and thought I could use my experience to make life on the wards a better place to be. I also wanted to give something back to the service I had received.

  • Tell us a bit about your education and work.

I originally started off at Sound Minds as a cleaner apart from singing in a reggae band. After taking a break to have my daughter, I came back as a House Manager. I’ve been a Ward Visitor for four and a half years and now also work with people providing community support after they leave hospital. I’m also a Peer Support Worker at Mama Low’s Kitchen, a drop-in at Katherine Low Settlement.

  • What do you like to do in your spare time?

I spend time with my friends and family.

  • What do you like about working for Canerows?

I enjoy the nice people that I meet, the job itself, the responsibility, the fact that I’m doing something rather than being stuck at home doing nothing.

  • What do you like about visiting people?

If the visit goes well I feel great like I’ve really made a difference.

  • What tips would you give people considering taking up the role of a ward visitor?

You have to be a good listener, friendly, understanding and considerate.