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Support Worker

  • Full time role, Sunday to Thursday based in Christchurch
  • Enjoy extra annual leave, and subsidies for school holiday children’s programmes
  • Unique opportunity to join a highly regarded national mental health provider

We’re looking for someone with a good understanding and commitment to the principles of recovery and trauma informed care. A real ‘people person’ who can engage with anyone!


About Pathways

We’re passionate about supporting people with experience of mental illness or addictions – we’ve been dedicated to it for more than 30 years.


We know people’s recovery will be faster and more successful if they focus on living well in all areas of their life. That’s why our ‘Being Well’ strategy plays a big part in shaping how we work every day. We don’t just focus on people’s mental health – total wellbeing is always our goal.


We believe that our staff are the greatest asset. We invest in our staff’s professional development and each year, through our Trish Glen Award, we recognise staff throughout the country who make an exceptional contribution to Pathways and the people we support.

The role

We have a position available in our Residential team, based in Christchurch. This is a permanent role, working 40 hours per week, Sunday and Thursday, 7am – 3.30pm.

As a Support Worker, you might be kept busy supporting people with budgeting and independent daily living skills or attending appointments and advocating for people. You might be assisting people to connect with their communities. You will need to be prepared to support our people to do whatever it takes - cleaning, cooking, gardening, or helping with everyday household tasks.


The Team

You’ll be reporting to the Team Coach and joining our Pathways Residential team in Christchurch, working in a team of Support Workers – all with a common purpose to support people experiencing mental illness.


About you

You’ll have a caring nature and the ability to work with people from a person-centred approach. You’ll always work in a recovery focused way and have impeccable attention to detail. You will be a good team player, flexible and able to adapt to a fast pace working environment. You will ideally have some experience in mental health field and understanding of Te Ao Maori principles in a wellbeing setting.

You'll also

  • Hold a full New Zealand driver’s licence
  • Hold a comprehensive first aid Certificate or willing to obtain one
  • You will either hold the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Level 4 (or a recognised equivalent) or be willing to commence study towards this qualification within six months of starting with us. We offer our staff significant support to complete this study.
  • We're future-focused people who come to work every day with curiosity, drive and a sense of purpose. We offer all of our staff the opportunity to become qualified, gaining a nationally recognized Level Four Certificate in Mental Health and Wellbeing

What’s in it for you

We cover the cost associated with this qualification as well as provide study support groups, on the job study time, and real workplace experience and coaching to help you grow your capabilities and opportunities in this sector. For those employed full time, we also provide paid study leave, extra annual leave, income protection insurance and subsidies for school holiday childcare.


The Covid-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 requires staff working in health-related services to be fully vaccinated (this includes any subsequent boosters). As a provider we are responsible for ensuring all of our employees are vaccinated and boosted as per the mandate and employees are responsible for ensuring we have access to this information


Closing Date: Thursday 31st March 2022. Please note, this advert may close if suitable candidates are found.


Position Description: https://www.wisegroup.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/PW_Support-Worker.pdf

Contact: Tina Sheveleva, Team Coach tina.sheveleva@pathways.co.nz if you have any questions.


For further information, visit our website www.pathways.co.nz


Pathways is committed to healthy lifestyles and actively supports a smoke free environment. We encourage people with experience of mental illness to apply.


**All new appointees into Pathways require background checking. Under the requirements of the Children's Act 2014, new employees that are identified as coming under this act are required to undergo further safety checks as part of the recruitment process.