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Peer Support Specialist

Job posted: 03/08/2022
Job closes: 25/08/2022

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About Pathways | Mō mātou

We’re passionate about supporting people with experience of mental illness or addictions – we’ve been dedicated to it for 30 years. Our staff are our greatest asset. So, one of our top priorities is to recruit an incredible local team of people who are as passionate as we are about supporting people experiencing mental illness to live well in the Christchurch community.

Job Description

  • Use your lived experience to support our Tangata Whai Ora
  • Be part of supportive work environment in a value-based organisation
  • Ongoing training and support in your role and career
We’re looking for someone with a good understanding and commitment to the principles of recovery.  A real ‘people person’ who can engage with anyone!
The benefits | Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou
In this role, you can look forward to:
  • Extra week of annual leave after 12 months of employment
  • Discount at Specsavers for you and your family members
  • Discounted plans with Southern Cross for medical insurance
  • Special banking treatments for Westpac customers
  • Ongoing training and support in your role and career
  • Be part of a supportive team where work life balance is encouraged
  • Give back to the community
For the 32 hr per week role you’ll also enjoy:
  • Subsidies for school holiday childcare
The role | Mō tēnei tūranga mahi
We’re looking for a someone who has had their own journey of lived experience with mental health to become a Peer Support Specialist in our Peer Acute Alternative Service. This is an alternative to a hospital admission, and is supported by a total of 24 staff members across the various shift patterns. As a Peer Support Worker you might be:
  • Focusing on the individuals needs and providing culturally safe practice
  • Relevant administrative tasks, comprehensive notes and effective handover, and supporting and collaborating with your colleagues
  • Support people with independent daily living skills. You’ll need to be prepared to support our clients to do whatever it takes - cleaning, cooking, gardening or helping out with everyday household tasks
  • You’ll assist people to connect with their communities , attend appointments and advocating for people
  • For the awake nights shift roles, while the people you support are asleep, you will be kept busy with other tasks like cleaning and supporting the day shifts with maintaining things like filing, first aid kits, emergency kits and preparation of paperwork.
  We have 3 opportunities available in our Peer Acute Alternative service. Please indicate in your cover letter if you have a preference for a role.  Awake nights – 11.00pm – 7.30am. 2 positions available
  • Position A: working Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 24 hrs per week
  • Position B: working Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,  32 hrs per week
AM shift – 7.00am – 3.30pm
  • Position C: working Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 24 hrs per week
About You | Mōu
We are interested to hear from people who have a caring nature and work in a recovery focused way.  You will be able to provide medication support for our people and have impeccable attention to detail. You’ll also have:
  • New Zealand Certificate Level 4 in Health and Wellbeing (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.
  • You’ll have Intentional Peer Support training (IPS) or Peer Employment Training (PET) Certificate
  • You will have completed WRAP training
  • A full New Zealand drivers licence
  • You must hold a current first aid certificate or be willing to obtain one.
Closing date:  25 August 2022.  Please note, this advert may close if a suitable candidate is found prior to the closing date. Position description: Contact: Sean Walker, Team Coach on 027 702 9830 if you have any questions. For further information, visit our website 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 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.

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