Peer Support Worker | The Salvation Army

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Peer Support Worker

Bridge, West Coast

This exciting role includes:

  • Making a difference in clients lives who struggle with addictions

Hours – 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has been transforming lives since 1865.  We work in over 130 countries, coordinated by our International Headquarters in London and we are a registered charity under the Charities Act 2005.  The Army has over 3,000 officers and employees in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa and is recognised as a high value employer.  The mission of The Salvation Army in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa is caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society.

About the role

This role will be working as part of a team providing care for clients in addiction.  Through this work you will uphold the values and mission of The Salvation Army

Key tasks

  • Planning and delivery of tasks and activities for both individuals and groups;
  • Developing a risk plan and report incidents/accidents appropriately for scheduled activities when necessary;
  • Accessing supports and/or issue resolving;
  • Developing recovery plans and implementing and reviewing them together with clients;
  • Auditing client files;
  • Liaising with the team leader about proposed activities and tasks, and coordinating accordingly;
  • Adhering to policies and procedures;
  • Developing appropriate, empathic and supportive relationships with clients using the service based on shared experience of addiction;
  • Understanding how peer boundaries work when using mutuality and lived experience knowledge in your work, and that these are different from the clinical workforce;
  • Empowering clients to work on assignments and recovery reading.

Person Specification

  • A lived experience of addiction and is at least 2 years out of treatment and abstinence from past problem drink/drug use;
  • Level 4 Health and Wellbeing Certificate;
  • Have a willingness to work from a bicultural perspective, having an awareness of the Treaty of Waitangi;
  • Be computer literate;
  • Be self-organised;
  • Be committed to continuing professional development;
  • Have an ability to relate to people with sensitivity, care and patience, be tactful, discrete and understand the importance of boundaries and confidentiality;
  • Good written and oral communication skills with an ability to write adequate records and reports.

Contact information

For more information about this role please contact Belinda Edwards on 03 338 4436 or by email


To apply please send your cover letter, CV (including referee details) and completed application form to:

Our application form can be downloaded and needs to be included as part of your application.

Applicants for this position will need to have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.  All employment offers are subject to the completion of a satisfactory Ministry of Justice clearance/Police Check (where applicable).

Closing date

Applications close by 12 noon on Friday, 23 October 2020.

The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church and human service provider. It is committed to caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society – all through the love of God shown in Jesus. The successful applicant should therefore show an ability to identify with the mission and values of The Salvation Army.