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Peer Gambling Harm Prevention - Lead Role

28 hours per week

Fixed Term Employment – June 2023; ASAP start

Based in Mt Eden, Auckland; work from home options available

Ko wai te whānau nei – Who are Changing Minds?

We are a whānau first and foremost. We believe in upholding, protecting and nurturing the mana and potential of all Tāngata Mātau ā-wheako – people with personal experience of recovery from mental health and/or addiction, right across Aotearoa.

We are a national not-for-profit organisation that is committed to ‘living’ our whanaungatanga – connection, identity and purpose within te Tiriti o Waitangi for the hauora – wellbeing of all Aotearoa and providing a space for all our staff to enhance and express their own cultural confidence and connection.

We also pride ourselves in being operated entirely by those who have navigated their own lived experience who now stand tall as living examples of what is possible when we recognise and embrace our experiences as taonga – sign of the potential we all hold to influence greater hauora. Changing Minds work in the broad area of hauora services, advocacy, human rights, and health policy, and we collect, articulate, and activate the strategic voice of lived experience.

Ngā Uara – Our Values

Ngākaupono - absolute integrity We fight for what is right, we stand for what is true, we are driven by our pursuit of equitable wellbeing for all of Aotearoa.

Hei tiaki - to protect what is sacred We acknowledge all lived experiences as a taonga. We protect and nurture these taonga throughout our journey together with all whānau as a source of mana.

Whanaungatanga - connection and identity. Our unique experiences, relationships and connections allow us all to find our own individual identity within one united whānau.

He mana tō te Kōrero - words hold great power We tell our stories, we speak as one, we support the voices of whānau to be heard.

Tino-rangatiratanga - leaders of our own pathway We recognise whānau mātau ā-wheako as the leaders of their own journey, just as we are of ours.


Kaupapa – The project

Changing Minds has been contracted by the Ministry of Health to lead and manage the co-design and implementation of an Auckland Peer Workforce Pilot within Gambling Harm and Prevention until June 2023. This service comprises of three components

· Leading and managing the co-design and implementation of an Auckland-based peer workforce development service alongside communities, Whānau and our external co-design partners.

· Recruitment, deployment (supervised placement) and professional development of peer workers.

· Relationship engagement with Kaupapa Māori and Pacific Peer Support Placement Service Providers, and whānau whaiora of those services

· Development of the Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm (PMGH) peer workforce model.

He kai kei ōu ringa – Your skills and potential

Mātau ā-wheako - You will be someone with personal lived experience of mental distress and/or addiction and/or gambling harm and possess the confidence to use and tell your own story safely for the purposes of connection and education. You will Hold a Level 4 NZQA qualification with relevance to Peer Support as listed on the careerforce website or an equivalent. Highly desired is a Mental Health Cert L4 or r or equivalent or higher.

Kia ū ki te Tiriti o Waitangi – You will be willing and committed to understanding and embracing your own connection to te Tiriti O Waitangi and able to demonstrate how that supports your mahi.

Mahi tahi – Being a whānau player is crucial; we work as one team, with the community, for the people. This position will be part of Changing Minds Leadership, supporting and developing Māori and Pacific Peers specifically, so a commitment to cultural supervision and connection is essential.

Arotahi ki te kaupapa - Strong, project management skills, knowledge and experience annual and strategic planning, reporting writing and logistics. You will be a strategic thinker with ideas or experience in supporting and developing others.

Whanaungatanga – exceptional peer leadership, relationship management and interpersonal skills and experience to guide, coach and supervise Peer Support Workers, ensure they have access to Cultural Support and are supported to develop professionally. Exceptional Relationship building skills to form and maintain strong relationships with placement organisations, expert advisors and the Mental Health and Addictions Sector.

Whai ariari - Superior communication, problem solving, and analytical capabilities coupled with sound judgement and a high level of initiative with effective planning, co-ordination and organisational abilities - Experience in Co-Design and/or co-production is highly desirable

Matatau ki te ao hangarau - Strong technical/IT abilities. Confidence in digital systems, project management and office applications


Te kōwhiringa – The opportunity

Kei te hiahia Mātou ki ōu pūkenga! We want your skills.

The Peer Support Gambling Pilot (naming convention to be co-designed) is a fantastic new opportunity to lead a small Lived Experience team, collectively working towards the government's health goal of: “Gambling sector, communities and families/whānau working together to prevent and minimise gambling harm, and to reduce health inequities”.

The (role name) will be responsible for identifying emerging rangitira with personal Lived Experience of Gambling harm and nurturing them through tailored training, peer supervision and support in order to ensure the provision of evidence-based peer support that meets client/tangata whaiora needs.

You will partner with Service Managers and Multi-disciplinary teams in Kaupapa Māori and Tangata Moana/Pacific services already delivering support for individuals and whānau affected by gambling harm and will be responsible for the delivery of high quality peer support services in line with Changing Minds values.

You will be responsible for setting individual team member goals, managing the performance and professional development of your team, providing peer and group-supervision and maintaining a strong connection across the wider peer network including insuring Peer Support workers have access to cultural support and supervision.

Changing Minds Trust believes in looking after their team members holistically, providing:

- one paid hour for each workday called the ‘Wellbeing Hour’ to support our Employee wellbeing. This time is for the employee to spend doing something that nourishes them.

- personal training, team fitness session/s weekly (with a preferred Personal Trainer).

* Changing Minds is open to other forms of application/submissions such as audio/video/portfolio mehemeo he pātai āu, whakapā mai – if you have any questions, get in touch!.