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Casual Peer Support Specialist

  • Casual work available based in Christchurch
  • Join us as a valued and appreciated essential worker
  • Bring your personality, commitment, compassion and great ideas!

We’re looking for someone with a good understanding and commitment to the principles of recovery. A real ‘people person’ who can engage with anyone!


We are seeking Casual Peer Support Specialists. People who are passionate about helping others on their recovery journeys? You’ll need to have your own lived experience of mental health and/or addictions? If so, then keep reading.

Casual roles are to cover leave for permanent Peer Support Specialists - the hours of work are not regular and are offered when they become available. We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you will work across a variety of services.

The shifts are:

  • Day Shifts: 7.00am -3.30pm (across all services)
  • Afternoon shifts: 3.00pm – 11.30pm (24 hour services)
  • Night shifts (8 hour awake): 11.00pm -7.30am

As a Casual Peer Support Specialist, you might be kept busy supporting people with budgeting and independent daily living skills or attending appointments and advocating for people. You might be assisting people to connect with their communities. You’ll need to be prepared to do whatever it takes - cleaning, cooking, gardening, personal care or helping out with everyday household tasks.


Transforming mental health and addictions through fostering strong, compassionate, self-supporting communities.

The Team

You’ll be reporting to the Team Coach and joining our Peer Acute Alternative Service. This is a service delivery model that provides an alternative to a hospital admission, working in a team of 24 peer support specialists – all with a common purpose to support people experiencing mental illness.


We are interested to hear from people who have a caring nature and work in a recovery focused way. You will be able to provide medication support for our people and have impeccable attention to detail.

You’ll also have:

  • A current peer employment training certificate and WRAP
  • You'll have You’ll have Peer Employment Training (PET) or Intentional Peer Support training (IPS)
  • A current first aid certificate or be willing to obtain one
  • It is preferred applicants hold the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (NZCHW) or a recognised equivalent or be currently studying towards this qualification or a recognised equivalent
  • You’ll preferable have experience working in a peer service
  • You’re a great listener the sort of person who will listen deeply to the people who use our services
  • You’re a fresh thinker, using curiosity and imagination to generate new ideas
  • You’re energising, inspiring others with enthusiasm and a take action approach
  • You’re a communicator - the sort of positive person who loves working with people

The Wise Group are passionate supporters of our communities and vulnerable populations. We place a high value on the safety and wellbeing of our staff and the people we support. We endorse the Ministry of Health recommendation for vaccinations to protect us all against COVID-19. It is therefore our expectation that all new Wise Group employees are vaccinated.

The Benefits

In this role, you can look forward to a great team around you every day working in an organisation that believes in its’ purpose. Be part of a supportive work environment where life balance is encouraged, people are valued and new solutions are the norm!

Ready to take a closer look at Pathways? Then apply now.

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Contact: Melanie Elder, Team Coach on 027 702 9830.

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**All new appointees into Pathways require background checking. Under the requirements of the Children's Act 2014, new employees that are identified as coming under this act are required to undergo further safety checks as part of the recruitment process.