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Pou Whakaaro for Recovery

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Vision Statement:  Providing people with support and encouragement, moving towards development, growth and empowerment   


Peer Support/Advocacy in Mental Health and Wellbeing is for people with an experience of mental health and/or addiction issues (aged 18+) using peer support to walk beside you on your recovery journey, advocate to ensure your voice is heard and acknowledged, providing opportunities to support wellbeing and recovery

Pou Whakaaro for Recovery offers
  • one on one/group peer support
  • advocacy
  • information and referral to other services
  • journey though life (recovery plan)
  • meetings and events (guest speakers)
  • support with healthy lifestyles

This service can be provided in a range of settings.

Peer Support and Adocacy Workers
Sharon Reid This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jolene Tawa This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
James Pilkington This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Telephone:  07 308 8170

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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