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Peer Support Specialist – Take Charge

Odyssey has supported thousands of New Zealanders whose lives are affected by addiction and/ or mental health challenges. We wholeheartedly believe that everyone living in New Zealand should have the opportunity to live life to the fullest, to feel hopeful about their future and to have meaningful relationships with friends and whānau.

We now have an exciting new opportunity for a Peer Support Specialist to join a new service called Take Charge, which is being launched by Odyssey in May 2021 in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development. Comprising a team of clinical staff, employment specialists and peer support specialists – you will be working in partnership with rangatahi aged 18 to 24 years with mental health and/or addiction issues, with the aim of supporting them into work or study.

Take Charge is an approach based on the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model. IPS is an evidenced based approach that supports people who experience mild to moderate mental illness – offering easily accessible community-based assessment and support to gain and maintain employment or training. We will be helping to empower rangatahi to take their next step and walk alongside them using a multidisciplinary approach.

The successful candidate will have:


· DHB approved Peer Support specialist training

· Intentional Peer Support training

· Lived experience as an alcohol or drug user and/or mental health concern

· Understanding of and interest in Odyssey’s work

· Full current New Zealand driver’s licence


· A mental health certificate (Level 4 or 5) or equivalent or higher, and/or an Addictions Certificate

· A completed personal WRAP plan

· Knowledge/awareness of Mental Health and Addition treatment and recovery principles

· Knowledge of potential community resources and support networks

· Experience of working in the social services, addictions and/or mental health sectors

· Experience working with youth.

In return we can offer you:

· A competitive salary in line with Pay Equity guidelines

· A chance to take your career to the next level and utilize your peer support skills.

· The opportunity to grow a new service for rangatahi within the Auckland region.

All applicants should include a CV, cover letter and complete the online registration and application form on Odyssey’s website. For all enquirie’s please contact Ursula Mochocka in the first instance on 09 623 1447 ext. 727.

Odyssey is an equal opportunity employer and a smoke free organisation. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Please also note that Police and Ministry of Social Development clearance checks will be required for this role.

Closing date: Friday 2nd April 2021

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