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Job Opportunity at Connect SR in Auckland

Are you looking for an exciting role where you can make a difference using your personal experience of mental ill health and recovery?  If the answer is yes, then this might be the job for you!

Connect Supporting Recovery are looking for people whose passion is peer support to join their North Shore/Rodney team.

Peer support is a challenging role, which requires tenacity, resilience and a sense of humour. It is also a rewarding role where you can use your own experience of recovery from mental ill health to make a difference in the lives of others.

The role of Peer Support Worker will require of you to build a relationship with others based on a common experience of recovery from mental distress. The relationship fosters mutual learning and growth and is strongly focused on supporting people to make positive changes in their lives.

If you are interested in the above position, please send your expression of interest in a cover letter and CV quoting reference PSWRO to the following address:
The Administrator
PO Box 102149
North Shore Mail Centre 0745
Or via email to: admin@connectsr.org.nz

Find out more about this role here.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday the 8th July 2015

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Te Pou: Peer support competencies ‘sandstone to sharpen practice on’

The following is a press release from Te Pou, from their website:

The resource Competencies for the mental health and addiction service user, consumer and peer workforce were launched on November 11 at Te Pou in Auckland.

Dr John Crawshaw, director of mental health, gave an opening address to the mental health and addiction sector people from across the North Island. He acknowledged the pivotal role the service user, consumer and peer workforce has in informing service development and working alongside clinical services, supporting people to self manage and drive their own recovery.

Dr Crawshaw was followed by two peer support workers who spoke about their experience and what peer work meant for them. Elton Hakopa, addiction peer support worker from the drug court, gave a stirring and entertaining outline of his experiences. Elton gave the quote of the day, or even the year when he said “these competencies are the sandstone I will sharpen my practice on”.

Ahmad Al-Ali, mental health peer worker from Mind and Body, also entertained the crowd with his self-deprecating wit and story of courage. Both exemplified the state of gratitude they were in to be able to use their powerful experiences to support other people’s self-determination and wellbeing.

Robyn Shearer, Te Pou chief executive, talked about the power of people from across mental health and addiction co-designing and co-developing the competencies.

Two documents created to support the competency framework were also launched: The Service user, consumer and peer workforce guide for managers and employers and the Service user, consumer and peer workforce guide for planners and funders. These are available to download alongside the competencies. These documents provide information and sound direction for people managing and employing peer workforce members and for planners and funders investing in this exciting growth area in the mental health and addiction workforce.

To contact Te Pou or for further information:


Email: info@tepou.co.nz

Te Pou phone numbers online here.

Free Webinar: Guidelines for the Practice and Training of Peer Support | 20 March 2014

What:  A free webinar titled The Road to Recovery: The value of MHCC’s Guidelines for the Practice and Training of Peer Support in strengthening your organization’s policies, programs and practices. (ENGLISH ONLY)

When:  Thursday, March 20, 2014 5:00 am, New Zealand Daylight Time

Duration:  One hour

Peer support is an important factor in the process of recovery. People who have experience with mental health problems or illness can offer support and encouragement to each other when facing similar situations. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) recently released Guidelines for the Practice and Training of Peer Support to outline the important aspects of formalized or intentional peer support. The guidelines focus on the empathetic and supportive role of a peer support worker in fostering hope, empowerment and recovery.

Join the free webinar on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, to learn how you can use these Guidelines to bring the power of formalized peer support to your organization or community.

Register here for free

Guest Speakers:

  • Steve Lurie, Executive Director, CMHA (Toronto)
  • Kim Sunderland, Executive Director, Peer Support Accreditation and Certification (Canada)
  • Wendy Mishkin, British Columbia Schizophrenia Society, Victoria Branch
  • Karen Henze, Programs & Operations Manager, NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action
  • Roy Muise, Program Coordinator & Peer Mentor, NS Certified Peer Support Specialist Program

For more information go to the MHCC website.

Or contact:
Liz Wigfull, Knowledge Broker
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Office: 1-613-683-3744
Cell: 1-613-857-4890
Email: lwigfull@mentalhealthcommission.ca

Scholarships to attend IIMHL and IIDL Leadership Exchange 2014

Te Pou has scholarship funding available to support New Zealand mental health, addiction and disability leaders to attend the 2014 Leadership Exchange. Find out more about the scholarships to attend IIMHL and IIDL and download an application form. IIMHL applications close 17 February 2014 and IIDL applications close 14 March 2014.

Through IIMHL and IIDL people are able to easily and directly access innovation occurring internationally, as well as share  innovations. As a member of the IIMHL country leaders group New Zealand is well respected for its work to improve the experience of those who use mental health, addiction and disability services. Alongside the work on reducing seclusion and restraint, over the last year the Exchange has also worked on supporting faster translation of evidence into practice. The participants, who used the programme to implement an innovation or new practice idea, spoke of how methodology and mentoring assisted them along the way. From establishing a peer support choir, to crisis services, their ideas grew into actions.  It is hoped to run the programme again this year.

NZQA Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health Level 4) in Christchurch

NZQA Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health Level 4) is being offered in Christcurch. Contact admin@mindandbody.co.nz for details of the course and available scholarships.

Visit Mind and Body Learning and Development for more information.

Youth Peer Support Programme Starts 19 July 2012


Promoting Resilience and Opportunities through Peer Support

PROPS is a brand new 8-week peer support programme run by Youthline! It’s for young people (16 – 20 years old) affected directly or indirectly by a sudden death and want to learn how to better support themselves and their friends.

The aims of the group are to:

  • Connect with other young people, share your experiences and get support
  • Learn heaps of ways to be there for your friends and stay strong too
  • Develop a media project that will inspire and support other young people

It will run weekly, starting Thursday 19th July, 4pm – 6pm at Youthline House: 13 Maidstone Street, Ponsonby, Auckland.

Get in quick as spaces are limited.

For more info or to register your interest, get in touch by emailing services@youthline.co.nz or call 361 4168.