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Peer Support & Advocacy Worker - Maternity Leave Cover

Pou Whakaaro is an innovative, entrepreneurial organisation which sits at the cutting edge of values-based mental illness and disability services.

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Peer Support & Advocacy Worker to join our Recovery team on a 3 - 4 month fixed term maternity leave cover contract.

You will be delivering Peer Support to people who experience the impact of mental distress and/or addiction and are moving towards their own personal recovery. This role involves walking alongside people to:

  • Enhance their existing support networks and develop new ones
    • Achieve their goals through one to one support and group facilitation
    • Ensure their voice is heard

The ideal person will:

  • Have a lived experience of mental illness
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Be able to model and promote recovery
  • Encourage social inclusion
  • Good administrative and record keeping skills
  • Be positive and encouraging with a good sense of humour
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a supportive team

The role is 27.5 hours per week.

An understanding of Te Reo and tikanga would be an advantage, as would a recognised Mental Health qualification. You will need to hold a current full drivers license and be able to work in New Zealand.

If this sounds like you we’d strongly encourage you to apply.

For a job description and application form please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Teresa Gosling on 308 8170, return applications via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 10am, Monday 8th October 2018.

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General Rules

Inclusive Learning Environments: Pou Whakaaro strives to ensure that learning is open and available to all members of our community and will attempt to provide assistance to those learners that require additional support. With this in mind, please be aware that the pace of class teaching and learning will depend on the needs and aspirations of all students.

Acceptance and Payment of Fees: Please consider that your enrolment is confirmed once you have returned a completed enrolment form and payment to us or direct to the tutor (where this is advised in any advertising) Fees are generally charged on a whole course basis and no refunds or discounts will be made where the student is unable to attend.

Cancelled Classes and Refunds: If there are insufficient enrolments, courses may be cancelled and we will attempt to inform you as early as possible. Full refunds will be made to students as soon as possible. NO refund will be made if you decide to withdraw from a class once it has started.

Compliments and Complaints: In the first instance, please speak directly to your tutor, or if you require contact the Community Education Coordinator in writing or by phone on 07 308 8170

Behaviour: I agree to treat the venue, equipment, tutor/s and other students with respect at all times. I understand that I may be asked to leave a course and forfeit fees if I act disrespectfully.

Please return this enrolment in person or by post to:

Community Education
Pou Whakaaro
40 Te Tahi Street
PO Box 2025 Whakatane