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Meet the Team

Meet The Support Team

The Kidney Kids team is a group of individuals passionate about providing support to children, young people, and their families experiencing the difficulties of kidney disease.  Support needs vary from family to family and our team strives to provide appropriate support where needed.

Although our team is based in Auckland, we travel nation-wide to meet with our kidney kids and their families.

Rachel Barrett National Manager Support Services

Phone: (09) 281 2471

Mobile: 021 126 0054

Email:  [email protected]

Rachel has a nursing background with extensive experience working within the renal area for the past ten years. As a trained nurse she will offer education, support, advocacy, and awareness, both with Kidney Kid families and communities throughout New Zealand.

Dale van den BergFamily Support/Social Worker

Phone: (09) 320 4394
Mobile: 021 266 5514
Email: [email protected]

Dale comes with an extensive history of working with youth in various capacities and currently sits with over 5 years experience as a qualified social worker. Many of our families from time to time struggle with various difficulties along their renal journal and Dale’s valuable experience will assist them in gaining the right support

Rachel ShermanFamily Support Co-ordinator

Phone: (09) 281 2476
[email protected]

I am new to Kidney Kids NZ but I am thrilled to be a part of a great team of hard-working dedicated people who are supporting families and children with Kidney disorders. I have a family myself and have 2 teenage children. My passion has always been working with people. I worked previously for The Living Kidney Donor Program a Charity based in Sydney and have worked in Aged Care. Both roles were extremely fulfilling. I have only been at Kidney Kids a short time but I was lucky enough to recently visit camp Keewee and meet some of our families and see first-hand the children laughing, smiling, chatting and having a wonderful time meeting new friends and experiencing new activities. I really look forward to meeting and speaking to our families in future and getting to know them.