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Youth Community Practitioner/Youth Mobile Support Worker

Are you passionate about the mental health of young people and how support can be what they need to get through difficult times? Perhaps you have had that experience yourself, or know someone who has, and have had some training in this area of work?

  • Passionate about working with young people in the community
  • Experience in mental health work
  • Full time permanent job with a mixture of roles

We have an exciting new role supporting young people who experience difficulty with their mental health and distress, which also has a speciality component of providing support to young people whose mental distress is more acute. This new role spans across two teams who provide support within Christchurch as well as rurally.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about this area of work, is flexible enough to work across two teams and can incorporate different practice approaches in to their work. This role works closely with Specialist Mental Health Services as well as Odyssey House and Purapura Whetu. You will be part of a passionate team to support the implementation of plans, goals and outcomes to ensure that the needs of the Individual and their families are met. You will have experience working with young people, ideally in a community setting. This role requires excellent rapport building skills, creativity, comfort with independent work, time management and prioritisation skills. The teams are highly professional, passionate and committed.

This role would include some weekend work as well as shift work as a mixture of 10.00am-6.30pm and 1.00pm-9.30pm.


  • Registerable HPCA Act qualification e.g. Social Work, Nursing.
  • Full clean NZ driver’s licence
  • Good computer literacy
  • Ability to work in an inter-agency collaborative setting

Competencies, abilities and attributes:

  • Strong assessment and analytical skills
  • Ability to engage and develop good relationships with young people and families
  • Effective group working skills
  • Be able to contribute in a multi-disciplinary team setting
  • Ability to identify risk(s) and mobilise effective and speedy intervention
  • Understand, and have the ability and willingness to work cross culturally and commitment to the principles of Treaty of Waitangi

Stepping Stone Trust (SST) is a faith-based organisation and the largest NGO Mental Health Service in Canterbury. SST operates Residential, Respite and Community Support services for Youth through to Older Persons for 500+ tangata whaiora/consumers each week.

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