Equip is a leading mental health service provider based on Auckland’s North Shore. With a team of around 70, we are a values led organisation who truly care about the people we work with and for. We pride ourselves on our supportive, inclusive culture and our success in making a positive difference in the lives of others.
We are an independent organisation associated with Windsor Park Baptist Church and have a strong Christian ethos
This full-time vacancy is within the ‘Support Hours’ team, which provide mental health services to people living in the West Auckland, North Shore and Rodney communities. This is a hands-on role and includes coaching and mentoring of colleague Community Support Workers.
The Qualified Health Professional position entails mainly working from Monday to Friday, but a level of flexibility is required to work after normal business hours to meet the needs of service users.
Having advanced skills and qualification in the field of alcohol and drugs would be an additional advantage. This position could be suitable for a mature and high-functioning ‘New Graduate’.You will have sound clinical judgement, strong leadership skills, be flexible, be able to cope with a busy workload, and have a ‘cool head’ when required. Having experience in working with Service Users in finding employment would be an advantage.
4pm Monday 5th December 2016
If you have the skills we seek, plus a can do attitude and want to belong to a supportive and engaging team making a real difference in our community, we would love to hear from you!
Completed Equip Job Application Form (download an Application Form.) Please quote the reference number RHPROF on the application.
Separate Curriculum Vitae
Copy of Drivers Licence (front & back)
Current Working Visa (if applicable)
Send the above completed forms to:
email@example.com , or
Personal Delivery to:
550 East Coast Road
North Shore , or
PO Box 65 385
Equip is an organisation that doesn't only affect clients' lives, it's a place where workers are changed too. I can't find a better example than myself.
My entry to Equip was rather an interesting one. After leaving Wellington due to needing a change of scene, I struggled to find work. After two months of not finding anything, and helping with some voluntary painting, my Father encouraged me to go and chat with the people at Equip to find out about working in the social services.
I thought maybe I could help out by doing odd jobs, as all I had to my name was a nearly finished sociology degree. After going through an interview process I was offered a job! I arrived at Equip with no knowledge, no experience and nervous as heck. Equip was pretty small then, as an organisation. We only had two rooms of the current block, one for general meetings and supervision and one for all staff to hand write notes, email, phone, eat lunch and have staff meetings.
As we have grown into something else, the specialness of the place has not changed. in the seven years I have been here, we have become more efficient and effective in the community and offer more services to those in the community. Often when something grows it loses what draws people in. This is not the case at Equip. People do not get lost at Equip, they find themselves and what they are meant to do. I see people now who have moved on to other things, working in different sectors taking the skills they learnt and utilising them in the their world. I see people thrive in this sector and have continued to pursue careers in mental health. For me, I chose to study, get qualified and was blessed with a role that challenges me to inspire, support and teach those here at Equip. Equip for me has always been a place of learning and developing character. For so many of the young people coming in, it is a hard journey of having your eyes opened to a world not many see or when they do, choose to ignore. I don’t know yet where I will head in the future but when I succeed in whatever I do, it will be due to my time at Equip.
Hope is prominent in this place. Though the workers sometimes have challenging days, the offices are a place of safety, a place where you can be open with the person next to you. A place where someone says, “that didn’t sound good” after over hearing a difficult phone conversation, and offer a debrief. Life can be interesting sometimes, and the work we are in is definitely that. As one of the longer standing team members now I feel like the organisation has shaped a large part of who I am and I see it with other team members.
Equip as a service changes workers lives, thanks to the ethos it was founded on and those who came before me and those who are still here and the focus they installed into the bones of the organisation many years ago. May it long continue.
Former Team Leader
When Kevin first first came to Equip he didn’t really have any social contacts and this wasn’t helped by him having no phone or means of communication. Kevin’s first goal was to get a cell phone which he has now and is used to keep in contact with his family.
Over time Kevin was supported by Equip staff to get out of the house and have social contact with his family as he was very isolated living on his own and having no friends... He joined a social group which helped him have some contacts with people who had common interests to himself and it gave him somewhere to go. This lead to Kevin going out to visit his friends down the road and had a few visits with his family which he really enjoyed. He said it made him feel really good spending time family but he didn’t think his they would want him to live with them.
Kevin had stated in the past that he wanted to get back into his old work as a builder but hadn’t made any steps towards this. During the visit to his family home he did some building work and discovered how much he had enjoyed doing it. It made him realize that he was capable of working again. Kevin and his support worker problem solved ways to look for and get building work. He ended up finding a job through a friend which he wasn’t needed for in the end but he was really happy about the prospect of getting work and an income.
Kevin’s suppork worker spoke on and off with Kevin’s family members and let them know how much Kevin enjoyed going to their place and spending time with them. In fact Kevin ended up spending Christmas with his famliy whereas normally he would be on his own.
Just recently, Kevin decided to move in with family and is enjoying greater connection with them and his confidence had grown to a point where he was able to make the relocation arrangements himself. Kevin’s family say they love having him closer to them again and are supporting his efforts to get permanent work.