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Lived Experience Partner | Midlands

Taku aroha ki mua

Send love to the future

Tuku aroha ki muri

Send love to the past

Kia tu te aroha o naianei

Be love today

Nau mai haere mai. Are you looking for a role where you can inspire others in their wellness hikoi? Do you have the mana to engage stakeholders to influence positive change in our services? Do you have the capacity to use your own lived experience in mental health and/addiction to tautoko change in others?

He kōrero mō mātou - About us

Emerge Aotearoa is a committed Tangata Tiriti organisation and a national provider of mental health, addiction, disability, offender rehabilitation, wellbeing and housing services. The core values of the organisation are based on Māori concepts Whakawhanaunga, Manaakitanga, Ako and Whakamana.

At Emerge Aotearoa we are guided by our three Pou; Māori Succeeding as Māori, Lived Experience and Diversity are privileged and Thriving Pacific Peoples. We believe that everyone can live full and rich lives in their communities of choice and we are committed to helping people be the best they can be.

He kōrero mō te tūranga - The role

While employed by Emerge Aotearoa, the role will report into our National Manager Mind & Body. Mind & Body is a subsidiary of Emerge Aotearoa and provides values-based peer led services across Aotearoa. Our Mind & Body Kaimahi use their own personal lived experience of mental distress and/or addiction challenges and recovery to nurture hope and personal power inspiring others to move forward with their lives.

In this key role, you are given the opportunity to nurture the lived experience voice within our Midland's region and champion the wisdom that comes from people's lived experience and experiences of accessing services from our whole organisation.

You need to demonstrate a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi which is reflected in your practice. A successful candidate will embrace our values and strategic pou which will be reflective in your mahi.

It's important you are skilled in systemic advocacy and change and able to work alongside teams to ensure services and systems are responsive, inclusive and privileges lived experience and diversity. As a partner within the regional leadership team and other business partners you can address and enhance organisational systems, processes and ensure practices address the inequities experienced by our tangata whaiora.

Covering the whole of our Midland region means travel will be an essential requirement. The successful candidate will be required to work closely with other lived experience partners on various projects and initiatives.

Our preferred locations are Tauranga or Hamilton where we have hubs and the work hours are Monday to Friday 30 hours per week, over four or five days.

He kōrero mōu - About you

Drawing on your own lived experience of mental distress and/or addiction and accessing mental health services you can influence and shape recovery-oriented services and systems. Your background will include previous experience in a coaching and/or influencing role developing people and/or services to meet the needs of tangata whaiora. You will be a positive, change agent with demonstrated success of having enhanced the voice of lived experience across either systems, services, processes or an organizational capability point of view.

In addition, you will have the following:

  • A relevant degree/qualification in adult learning, social service, health or other relevant qualification
  • An understanding of the mental health, addictions, disabilities and/or social services sector
  • Active involvement in networks in the communities in which this role operates

Ko tā mātou mahi - We offer

In addition to a role where you can use your personal journey to influence positive change and innovation in mental health services, you will be doing so in a national organisation with opportunities for you to grow and develop. You will join a group of amazing people that live by our values - which means you can take pride in not just what we achieve, but HOW we achieve it. Importantly, we advocate for your wellbeing! With three days of wellbeing leave on offer, and a new flexible working policy, you can proactively manage your health and wellbeing.

AND finally, you'll want to work here because we are committed to diversity and inclusion. So, you don't have to worry about putting on a fake work persona. Come as you are, and just be YOU!

Click the apply button now and upload your CV and cover letter telling us about yourself! Please include a half page introduction/biography about yourself and what you have learnt from your personal experience of mental distress or addiction challenges, and your journey to wellbeing.

This role will be advertised until filled so apply today. Please note: In response to the Covid-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 as well as the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination for this role. For more information, please see Covid-19 information site.