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Community Support Worker

Day Activity Centres

Mental Health Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services (MHAID)


  • Casual role - 'as and when required'
  • Must be available to work weekend shifts
  • Hours between 9:00am to 5:00pm, seven days per week
  • Make a difference with day activity centres

About the centres

Day activity centres are community-based centres, providing recovery-orientated activities for people referred from the Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Service. We aim to provide a safe and supportive environment where people can develop or regain life and living skills, enjoy supportive relationships with others and exchange information whilst participating in activities. We promote opportunities for self-determination and well-being, empowering consumers to reconnect, integrate and participate fully with their community.

About the role

As a casual you will be available to assist in supporting and organising event and activity programmes. These programmes positively contribute the transition to community-based services whilst empowering people to thrive regardless of their mental health struggles. Consumer participation is encouraged to develop a flexible and varied programme of activities and input into the running of the day activity centres. Our activities aim to encourage self-expression using art, creative and recreational pursuits.

About you

You would have been involved in working in the health and wellness sector with preferably recent community based work experience. You will bring to the role the ability to provide quality responsive care and professionalism. You will have recognized qualifications, time management skills and experience facilitating activities and groups. You will be working alongside others to enhance a positive team culture that will bring creativity and innovation to the centre's.

We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants who are dynamic with a positive attitude that can inspire others to do great things and join a service that is committed to high standards of practice and supports people to be the best they can be.

A current New Zealand driver's licence is essential to this role as it involves some travelling within the Southland region and you will be required to operate a van to take people using the service to various activities and events as required.

About the Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

The location

Now to the city itself, Invercargill offers the opportunity to have the lifestyle you've always dreamed of. Boasting excellent education and restaurants, competitive costs of living and a beautiful coastline, life can be as relaxed or as energetic as you want. Our team enjoy the short commute to work, leaving ample time for what matters to you most. Add to this the close proximity to some of New Zealand's most famous scenery and holiday destinations (Queenstown, Wanaka and Milford Sound to name but a few!) you can go from seaside to ski-slopes in a matter of hours.

Sounds too good to be true?

Rest assured, you can have it all here. Why not come see for yourself!

Why don't you check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

Closing date: Sunday, 30 May 2021.

Due to the fast paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don't delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via the internal careers site.

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5769 or email

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)