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Peer Support Worker

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

Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding role where you can work from home and use your lived experience to support and inspire others in their journey to wellbeing? Then read on!

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, well-being, 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.

While employed by Emerge Aotearoa, the role sits within Mind and Body who are a subsidiary of Emerge Aotearoa and provide values-based peer led services across Aotearoa. Our Mind and 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.

Mind and Body provides values-based peer-led services across Aotearoa. We use our own personal lived experience of mental distress and/or addiction challenges and recovery to nurture hope and personal power and to inspire the people that we support to move forward with their lives.

He kōrero mō te tūranga - The role

Mind and Body has been awarded a contract with Homecare Medical, to provide a peer support phone response to the national 1737 mental health and addictions helpline.

We have full-time positions available (minimum 32 hours per week). Shifts are on a rotating roster, seven days per week, morning, afternoon, and evening shifts available with weekend work required. These are all fixed-term opportunities to June 2022 and could be based in Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland.

He kōrero mōu - About you

The person we are looking for will have the following:

  • Have a Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health) (level 4), Intentional Peer Support training (IPS), or a Certificate in Health and Wellbeing
  • Have personal lived experience of mental distress and recovery
  • Have experience in phone helplines or in peer support (minimum of two years)
  • Have active listening and good communication skills, be positive, and encouraging with a good sense of humour
  • Hang in there when the going gets tough
  • Be mature, kind, patient and respectful
  • Be able to role model how one can move forward in a journey to wellbeing
  • Be a critical reflective thinker

In addition, you'll have proven ability to work effectively with peers from differing cultures, especially Māori and Pasifika. Importantly, you will need to be able to work independently and take active responsibility for monitoring and maintaining mental health. And finally, you'll need to be able to commit to the minimum number of shifts and have unlimited and reliable home internet connection.

Ko tā mātou mahi - We offer the following:

  • Telehealth training by Whakarongorau
  • Training in mind and body philosophy and peer support practice
  • Laptop and headset
  • Work from home
  • On-going group supervision and co-reflection

Me pēhea te tono mai - How to apply

If you are interested in joining an organisation that is passionate about making a positive difference in your community, we would love to hear from you. Apply today. 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. What value has it had in your life?

This role will be advertised until filled. 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.