17 Mar 2020

Full-Time Unique position for Whanau in Suicide Prevention

Taranaki Retreat Trust –  New Plymouth, Taranaki

Job Description

Do you have a vocation to active suicide prevention work in an NGO charitable context?

About Us:
Taranaki Retreat is a Non-Clinical Suicide Prevention and wellness initiative that provides a range of residential and non-residential services to support people facing major life challenges, including suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, self-harm, attempted suicide, and bereavement by suicide.

Since our opening in 2017, we have worked with more than 4000 people. The demands on Taranaki Retreat are growing and we have found this Space to Breathe is crucial for the community. The Retreat Founders have, to date, been overseeing operations and community work, together with day to day running of the Retreat. This model has worked well so far, but our team needs to grow to address the level of need.

We are excited for the changes we have planned for 2020, which include getting some more hands on deck to give the best support possible to everyone who reaches out to us, now and in the future.

We are looking for a Retreat Whanau to live on site, offer the hospitality that is so important at the retreat, and oversee operations. The Ministry of Health’s Every Life Matters report and wellbeing mahi has placed suicide prevention work as a top priority for communities over the next ten years.

The present Retreat Whanau will be taking the lead in deepening and widening the impact of Taranaki Retreat, working with the new Retreat Whanau; actively supporting and nurturing its community; offering one-on-one and group support work through our residential and outreach programmes, and putting time into our partnerships and connections with local businesses, allied social and health services, the DHB, workplaces and schools.

About the Role:
The Retreat Whanau will begin as 1.5 full-time paid roles, and, as transition proceeds, will develop into two full-time paid roles – and is suitable for a couple. It could be right for whanau that includes children – although this is not a requirement.

The Whanau holds overall operational responsibility for the safe day-to-day running of Taranaki Retreat, and is a vital aspect of its functioning. The hospitality and safe, trauma-informed environment is achieved through a whanau model of operation, upholding the vision of acceptance of all kinds of people in a non-judgmental space.

About You:
In your shared kete, you will need mental health, addictions and suicide prevention awareness and training – workplace experience in these areas, and suitable recognised qualifications; deescalation skills; great people and listening skills, and excellent administrative abilities.
Of course, you will have a lived-natural embracing and valuing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and familiarity with Te Reo Maori is desirable
You are going to need excellent computer literacy and the ability to learn new systems swiftly.
You will have the ability to work cohesively and openly on a shared outcome
You will be known for your good sense of humour and the ability to ‘go with the flow’ – including a track record of great teamwork
Your role will include providing cooked evening meals for Retreat Guests (and day visitors), and easy-to-prepare food and home-baking in the Guest Lodge for breakfast and lunch.
You will be responsible, with others, for the maintenance of the site.
You will guide people and hold them safe through the process of engaging with our service – knowing that each step will be tentative and needs a careful watchful eye and a gentle, wise hand.
You will make sure that the environment is safe, welcoming and peaceful. The fantastic team of volunteers and staff, and the wider community will be alongside you in this, and will awhi you on your journey.

Taranaki Retreat has, at the heart of its day-to-day life, an ethos of unconditional love and hope; and that spirituality has a part to play in well-being, as expressed in the Whare Tapa Wha Model. As a whanau, you will need to be comfortable with these principles and in agreement with altruistic service to others, on which the functioning of the Retreat relies. However, no-one attending the Retreat is expected to be of any particular faith group, and Guests are free to explore their own spirituality (or none!) as feels right for them

You will both need a full NZ Driver’s License and permanent NZ residency/citizenship, and to complete a police vet process

In return for your skills, your knowledge, and your passion for your work, you’ll find plenty of team support, as well as opportunities for development – and the knowledge that YOU are making the difference that you want to see.

How to Apply

Interested? Awesome. We are looking for a very special couple for this incredible role. Please drop us an email at [email protected] with your CV and a Cover Letter, telling us your story and what draws you to this role.

To find out more about us, please visit our website: www.taranakiretreat.org.nz

Job Categories: Healthcare (other). Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: On application.

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