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Casual Support Workers

  • Casual Support Worker roles available in Nelson
  • Unique opportunity to join a highly regarded national mental health provider
  • Supportive work environment, generous benefits, values-based organisation

We’re looking for casual support workers to join our team, supporting our 24-hour, 7 day a week services. Based in Nelson.


Hi! We’re Pathways, and our staff are our greatest asset. So, one of our top priorities is to recruit an incredible local team of people who are as passionate as we are about supporting people experiencing mental illness to live well in the Nelson community.

The role

We’re looking for casual support workers to work in our Nelson services.

Casual roles provide cover for permanent Support Workers - the hours of work are not regular and are offered when they become available, so we need people who can be flexible and available for varying shifts. We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a mixture of morning shifts, afternoon shifts and awake night shifts. The hours vary slightly depending on the needs of each service. These roles will all report to their relevant Team Coach.

Here is an example of some of the shifts you may be asked to work:

  • 7am to 3.30pm
  • 1.30pm to 9pm
  • 3.00pm to 11.30pm
  • 11pm to 7.30am

As a casual support worker you will always have variety in your work. You will need to be prepared to do whatever it takes for the people we support - cleaning, cooking, gardening, personal care or helping out with everyday household tasks. On a given shift you might be supporting with budgeting and independent daily living skills, attending appointments and advocating for people, or you might be assisting people to connect with their communities.

About you

  • If you have a caring nature, work in a recovery focused way, are able to provide medication support and have impeccable attention to detail then we would love to hear from you.
  • You must hold a current full New Zealand driver’s licence
  • Do you hold a current comprehensive first aid certificate or be willing to obtain one
  • You will either hold the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Level 4 (or a recognised equivalent) or be willing to commence study towards this qualification within six months of starting with us. We offer our staff significant support to complete this study.

Words we use to describe our attributes as an organisation include courageous, curious, optimistic, compassionate, joyful, tenacious, creative and connectors. You’ll relate whole heartedly to this list and share our people-focused values.

About us

At Pathways we're passionate about supporting people with experience of mental illness or addictions - we’ve been dedicated to it for 30 years. We provide community-based mental health, addiction and wellbeing services throughout New Zealand, supporting around 6000 adults and young people in communities all through New Zealand each year to live well in the communities of their choice.

The Benefits

In this role, you’ll attract the new pay rates introduced as part of the pay equity settlement and have a great team around you every day working in an organisation that believes in its purpose. Our permanent staff will look forward to flexible work arrangements, extra leave, income protection insurance and subsidies for school holiday childcare

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.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Wednesday 30 June 2021. PLEASE NOTE, this advert may close if suitable candidates are sourced.

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Contact: Kaylene Tahuhu, Service and Relationship Manager on 027-310-0798 if you have any questions.

For further information, visit our website

Pathways is committed to healthy lifestyles and actively supports a smoke free environment. We encourage people with experience of mental illness to apply.

**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.