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Volunteers Sought for Buddies Peer Support Service

Buddies is a peer support service operating from the belief that people experiencing mental distress benefit from contact with other people with similar experience.

Buddies are people who know recovery is possible and are willing to share their experience. Volunteers spend time with people at Te Whare O Matairangi as well as participating in community events. Buddies are volunteers and are independent of the District Health Board.

The team is now seeking new volunteers to join Buddies. Please contact Buddies at Kites Trust for more information on how you can use your personal lived experience of recovery from mental distress to help.

Buddies Peer Support Service
04 3852104

Free Peer Employment Training Manukau

Counties Manukau DHB now have two organisations providing Peer Employment Training (PET) and they both are recognized as preparation for work as Peer Support Specialists, within Counties Manukau. You can choose to apply for one or both but successful applicants will participate in ONE training only. Places are limited due to demand. There is no charge for these trainings.

Recovery Innovations, New Zealand

Recovery Innovations NZ’s mission is to: Create opportunities and environments that empower people to recovery, to succeed in accomplishing their goals, and to reconnect to themselves, others, and meaning and purpose in life. Our PET trains future Peer Support Specialists to provide services using the gift of lived experience of recovery to inspire hope in the people they serve. You will learn to support people on their individual recovery journeys with the skills learned in this comprehensive, life-changing training.

  • Contact: Ruth Cheeseman, Recovery Educator
  • ruth.cheeseman@recoveryinnovations.org
  • Phone: 582-0626

Connect Supporting Recovery

We hold an unwavering belief in the fact that people can and want to learn, grow and develop. We also believe that peer-to-peer support could be one of the greatest learning experiences in an individual’s quest for wellbeing and in their journey of making sense of their own experiences of mental ill health and/or addictions.

Our Peer Employment Training equips people with a skills set enabling them to work alongside their peers in a range of employment settings and within a relationship that focuses on wellbeing and is based on mutual learning, empowerment and hope.

  • Contact: Anna Segat
  • Email: anna.segat@connectsr.org.nz
  • Phone: 09 443-3700

Next applications due by 15 February 2012
Training dates: Mondays and Fridays 27 Feb – 30 March: Further dates available in May 2012

Connect and Recovery Innovations NZ will share information about waiting lists and enrolled students.  Please be aware that participation in either training does NOT guarantee employment.

The entry requirements are the same for both Connect and
Recovery Innovations NZ and you must be able to tick ALL the
following boxes before you can apply.

  • Do you have lived experience of mental health issues or AOD issues (alcohol and/or other drug)?
  • Do you live within the Counties Manukau DHB area?
  • Have you completed a WRAP Course (and have a certificate).
  • Do you currently have a WRAP that you follow?
  • Do you have a personal understanding of recovery?
  • Do you wish to use what you have learned through your own lived experience of recovery to inspire recovery in the lives of others?
  • Can you meet all the attendance and course requirements? (Please check with each provider to see what the requirements are. You will not pass if you cannot attend minimum session and meet course work requirements)
  • Can you read, understand, and write English at a high school level?
  • Are you eligible to work in New Zealand?


Please contact your choice of providers/or both and fill in their application
form. If you are shortlisted you will then be invited to be interviewed.
Remember places are limited but you can apply again if you don’t
gain a place in the training you apply for.


Equipping Communities: Thriving Lives for Supporters

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and we just wanted to take a moment to send a wee reminder out about our upcoming Thriving Lives for Supporters Workshop. We think one of the reasons we have such a high rate of suicide is because we don’t have enough tools for talking about or building wellbeing and happiness and the other positive experiences associated with mental health.

Thriving Lives is a worksheet tool to help people understand how they practice mental health in their own lives and what they could add to their picture. Thriving Lives Workshops teach people to use this tool to improve their wellbeing.

Feedback on the Thriving Lives Workshop shows this approach helps people to:

  • feel less alone
  • acknowledge their strengths
  • recharge their sense of hope
  • form new understandings
  • develop practical strategies for improvements

We’ll be running a repeat session on October 11th. More information about that is on our website. It doesn’t stop there though. People need supportive, informed communities to help them on their way. Our next step is about training the wider community to support people to put this approach into action.

Thriving Lives for Supporters equips supporters of all kinds to use this approach in their own lives and with the people they support. Whether you are a family-member of someone who is dealing with stress or mental unwellness, a friend, a colleague or a professional who works in the mental-health sector, this workshop is for you.

You’ll be pleased to know we’ve extended the early-bird enrolment period to September 16th, so there’s a few days left to take advantage of the discounted rate.

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re happy to offer a group discount if there are a few people enrolling together. 

Click here to open a copy of the information sheet.

Contact us to enrol. 

Scholarships available!

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

Mind and Body Learning and Development in association with Te Pou are currently taking applications for scholarships for their Certificate in Peer Support (Mental Health), Level 4. This is an NZQA approved course developed specifically for peer support workers to meet the needs of their role.

The cost of the Certificate is $2900 excl GST

They are offering scholarships of $2000 excl GST per person

Dates of Course: October 17th to November 22nd 2011
Days: Monday and Tuesday weekly for 12 weeks
Time: 9.30am – 4pm
Venue: 395A Manukau Rd, Epsom, Auckland

These courses provide key competencies for Peer Support Workers in Mental Health and Addiction Settings, and all our training is in line with the seven “Real Skills” in Let’s get real, the Ministry of Health’s framework for mental health and addictions workforce development.

Applications close 5pm, Friday 16th September 2011

Contact Nicky Grant nicky@mindandbody.co.nz or Philippa Watt philippaw@mindandbody.co.nz for an application.

More information on their website! www.mindandbody.ac.nz

Short-term Job Opportunity with Jigsaw Peer Support Services

Jigsaw Peer Support Services from Walsh Trust are looking for a part-time peer support worker for a fixed 6-month contract, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3pm.

They welcome applications from people who have:

  • Been a mental health consumer themselves
  • A mental health or similar relevant health related qualification
  • A positive and professional attitude
  • Good computer & record keeping skills
  • Familiarity with the West Auckland community
  • Excellent communication, relationship and advocacy skills
  • Creativity, enthusiasm and persistence
  • A mature, empathetic personality and a sense of humour
  • A full drivers licence

They promise “a positive and supportive working environment and are committed to ensuring staff are supported to access training opportunities”.

WALSH Trust has been a leading provider of mental health support services in West Auckland since 1988.  Over the past three years WALSH Trust has been the recipient of the Waitakere Business Enterprise Employer of Choice, Training & Development and Community & Volunteer Best Practice Awards

To apply, you need to submit your CV and covering letter on line.  For further information on WALSH Trust visit their web site http://www.walsh.org/.

Applications close on:  5th September, 2011