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Our team includes social workers, whānau workers,  community development specialists, and a range of support staff. Find out more about what it’s like to work for us.

Kaumātua Kaimahi / Community Support Worker
Fulltime or part-time, greater Wellington region

Help older people struggling with isolation and confusion to maintain their spark for life

We’re looking for someone with a passion for kaumātua to provide respectful, community-based support for older people to live safely and well at home. You’ll join Te Waka Haumaru, our Older Persons Team, which works across the Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua and Kāpiti  communities.

Wesley Community Action backs people to live the life they want and we are always open to new ways of doing this: we believe in doing whatever it takes to get a good outcome. With the increasing number of older people struggling with isolation and confusion, this role is an opportunity to use your passion and your can-do attitude to make a real difference.

You’ll work alongside kaumātua living in the community with little to no whānau support, providing the support and advocacy they need to continue their daily activities and maintain their spark for life. This can include anything from linking kaumātua to social activities to helping them prepare for their future by making sure they have the necessary legal and financial supports.

This position is primarily located in Wellington with some flexibility.

Download an application pack or contact Isabel Macdonald for more information:  04 805 0875 / 021 1901839, imacdonald@wesleyca.org.nz

Whānau Worker – Te Kākano / Family Start
Registered social worker or equivalent tertiary qualification, fulltime, Porirua-based

Support whānau to be the parents they want to be

We’re looking for a whānau worker to join our Te Kākano / Family Start team, supporting  whānau who want to give their tamariki the best start in life.

Our whānau  workers provide free parenting support to anyone who needs it. They work alongside whānau in their own home, supporting them to identify their strengths as parents and working with them on changes they want  to make.

Home visits are either weekly or twice a month. They can start anytime from the early stages of pregnancy right through to when a tamaiti starts school.

Our Te Kākano / Family Start team is based in Porirua and they work with whānau who live in Wellington, Porirua and the Kāpiti Coast.

This job is suitable for someone with a relevant tertiary qualification and experience working alongside children and whānau.

Download an application pack or contact Isabel Macdonald for more information:  04 805 0875 / 021 1901839, imacdonald@wesleyca.org.nz

House parents, live-in, fulltime

We are seeking a special couple to become house parents to provide supportive care for up to three young people in our Wellington-based group home, Te Whare Whakapakiri.

The young people being cared for have experiences of trauma that has made life very difficult for them and it can make it hard for those who care for them too.

Our house parents provide day-to-day nurturing and structure in the home that makes it safe and supportive for them.

Your partner can work elsewhere while you will receive a salary for your full-time house-parent role. You’ll have 24-hour on-call crisis support and regular respite weekends where you can step away and stay elsewhere. Accommodation and utilities are part of the package, as is regular training and supervision.

You should have no dependent children living with you as our young people need your full attention.  You will need a current full and clear driver’s license, exceptional good health, and solid experience of parenting, working with or caring for youth.

Find out more about the role

Download an application pack or contact Isabel Macdonald for more information:  04 805 0875, imacdonald@wesleyca.org.nz.

Youth Mentors – Porirua

Do you have the energy to spend one-on-one time with an individual young person and provide a positive influence?  We’re looking for committed, passionate, energetic, and grounded people to support the young people in our specialist foster care programme, Te Waka Kotahi, during and after school, and on weekends. The number of hours varies.

Our young people have had many challenges in life (not of their doing) and they struggle to find their place in the world. Our youth mentors work with their foster parents to support these young people as they find their way. You’ll need to be able to set boundaries and stick to them, and  provide outstanding role modelling to young people.  It’s important to be highly self-motivated.

As a Youth Mentor you will need:

  • A full driver’s license.
  • Your own car/car insurance.
  • To pass police and Oranga Tamariki checks
  • Knowledge of supporting youth who have challenges.

Download an application pack or contact Isobel Macdonald for more information: 04 805 0875, imacdonald@wesleyca.org.nz.

Foster Parents needed (Full and part-time)
Wellington wide  (singles/couples)

We need foster parents who are open to caring for an individual rangatahi between the age of 9 and 16 years in their own home either full time or part time on the weekends for up to a year, sometimes longer.

This is rewarding and very demanding work.  Our incredible team of foster parents and social workers support rangatahi who do best in one-on-one intensive foster care. Our rangatahi have had extensive histories of being in care and bring with them experiences of trauma that means life has been very difficult for them,. This can make it hard for those who care for them.  Our team is passionate about the care and protection of rangatahi and passionate about the support of our foster parents who welcome those children and youth into their home.  You must genuinely have a heart for this work, as it will be your heart for it that keeps you sustained.

You will receive:

  • Salary, training and professional supervision
  • 24-hour support
  • Regular time off

You will currently be residing in the Wellington region and have stable accommodation and a spare room. You will also:

  • Be free of dependent children living with you.
  • Have a full NZ driver’s license, own car and be a confident driver
  • Have a comfortable, clean, and safe home environment
  • Have a high standard of personal health and wellbeing.
  • Have excellent communication skills.
  • Be open minded and non judgemental to the differences you might experience.
  • Always be open to learning new ways of supporting rangatahi

Download an application pack or contact Isabel Macdonald for more information:
04 805 0875, imacdonald@wesleyca.org.nz

Application pack (PDF) 

Find out more about Te Waka Kotahi, our one-to-one foster care programme 

Keen to join us? Find out more about what we have to offer.

Wesley Community Action

75 Taranaki Street
PO Box 9932
Wellington 6141
P: 04 385 3727 Extension 9
E: info@wesleyca.org.nz