Unique caregiving role, supporting a young woman as she transitions from foster care
We’re looking for a whānau / family or single person who is open to welcoming an amazing 18-year-old girl into their home and life. This is a unique situation where she is now of an age where she needs to move forward and beyond foster care. BUT she still needs to be cared for and about, like any other 18-year-old. She is an exceptional young woman, and you could make the difference for her.
This is what she says about herself: I have just turned 18 and spent most of my life in care. I am told I am brave, funny, kind, thoughtful, a bit complicated, and focussed. I can be very mature but am also anxious about what is ahead of me. I love my whakapapa and keen to learn more. I am affectionate and caring. I am intelligent and capable but have so much to learn in life and I find this scary.
This amazing young woman is looking for a family to call her own and a place to call her home. She wants to feel welcomed into a whānau so she can prepare for independence and when she does leave home, she feels she can always come back if she needs advice, to attend family events like Christmas and birthdays, and those family dinners!
Applications close on 1 January 2022.
Whānau worker with our Mana Whānau initiative
We’re looking for a full-time experienced whānau worker to join our Mana Whānau initiative, providing in-home support for whānau in Porirua.
Mana Whānau is an evidence-based service, designed for whānau at risk of having their children removed, as well as those needing support to enable their children to return home.
Our whānau workers work alongside parents in their own homes to:
- identify and reduce stressors
- increase options and create real choices
- build skills, capabilities and resilience
- coach, model and reinforce life skills
- extend whānau and community supports.
Mana Whānau is whānau-led and based on the belief that whānau know what works for them and that with the right support and resources, whānau can raise their children safely. Tamariki are at the heart of the work.
Applications close on Monday 29 November.
Two experienced Social Workers for our Older Persons Team, 0.8 FTE Kāpiti or the Hutt Valley
(we would consider fulltime for the right candidate)
We’re looking for two experienced social workers to join our Older Persons Team to support older people to live in their community with safety and independence, free from abuse, and with meaningful lives. You will join a dedicated and professional staff in an organisation with a reputation for being a leading-edge provider of social services. The two positions are based in Kāpiti and the Hutt Valley (Naenae).
You will bring experience and understanding to:
- Working in a Te Tiriti o Waitangi responsive organisation
- Supporting older people with cognitive impairment and other long-term conditions including mental health and addiction issues.
- Working to end instances of elder harm and understand trauma informed practice.
- Working within a multi-disciplinary health environment
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org