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Child & Youth Family Support Worker

This permanent, part-time position (.625 FTE) provides COPMIA (Children of Parents with Mental Illness/Addiction) services, ensuring early support to vulnerable children, young persons and their families where parental mental illness is present.

We are seeking a worker who supports the needs of boys and male teenagers where family mental distress has impacted on their development, and to complement our other staff; the role is an excellent opportunity to gain experience within a unique and close-knit professional team working at the leading edge of COPMIA mental health support.

An understanding of difficulties faced by families who experience mental distress is an essential part of this role. As this role is predominantly supporting young males, a willingness and experience suited to working exclusively with males is preferred. We are seeking a confident worker, able to deliver creative, safe and meaningful events; as well able to facilitate education groups for children/youth. A teaching, outdoor education or youth work background would be advantageous. Shared experience of mental health within the family would also be welcomed. A full, clean drivers’ licence is essential.

The role focuses on planning and delivering:

  • Weekly individual mentoring visits
  • Fortnightly Saturday recreation days for age groups, 7-12 and 13-17 years
  • Two annual camps
  • School holiday education groups – “Children Understanding Mental Illness”. 4 x annually
  • Collaborative collegial work offering support to parents and caregivers
  • Fun and Creativity

Stepping Stone Trust (SST) is a faith based organisation and the largest NGO Mental Health Service in Canterbury. SST operates Residential, Respite and Community Support services for Youth through to Older Persons covering 500+ service users each week.

It is vital that you are able to align to the vision, mission and core values of Stepping Stone Trust, outlined on our website and if you would like a Job Description, check www.stepstone.org.nz. Enquiries can be made to HR – hradmin@stepstone.org.nz

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