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Peer Support Worker

West Coast Bridge

40 hours - Monday to Friday

  • Share the hope of your addiction recovery journey with tangata whaiora
  • Support others to maintain their addiction recovery through facilitation of Peer Support Groups
  • Empower those seeking support to overcome problematic alcohol and/or drug use to find their own pathway to healing

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 3000 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 West Coast Bridge

The Salvation Army West Coast Bridge offers services across Buller and Westland to support people recover from alcohol and/or drug misuse. Clinics are run in smaller communities, whilst programmes are offered in Greymouth and Westport using a mixture of remote and face-to-face options.

About the role

The Peer Support Worker will draw on the hope of their own recovery journey to empower others to find appropriate support to live full and meaningful lives.

Key tasks

  • Support is offered by phone or in person to individuals
  • Co-facilitation of peer support groups and educational groups
  • Appropriate, empathic, supportive relationships are developed with service users based on a shared experience of problematic alcohol and/or drug use.

Person Specification

  • Able to relate to people with sensitivity, caring and patience
  • Tactful, discrete and understands the importance of boundaries and confidentiality
  • Has experience supporting those recovering from problematic alcohol and/or drug use
  • Embodies the values and attitudes of The Salvation Army
  • Has a willingness to work from a bicultural perspective
  • Understands how the Treaty of Waitangi applies in a health setting
  • Ability to work alone whilst also being part of a team
  • Computer literate
  • Has a proven ability to be self-organised
  • Good written and oral communication skills with an ability to write adequate records and reports


  • Has approximately two years lived experience of recovery from problematic use of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Has completed a Level 4 Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions or Intentional Peer Support training

Contact information

For more information about this role please contact Belinda Edwards on 03 3384436 or by email

Essential: For the safety and wellbeing of our current staff, The Salvation Army requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated.


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 Wednesday 31st August, 2022.


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.

The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer who provides an inclusive work environment and embraces the diverse talent of its people.

The Salvation Army is committed to cultural diversity, and in New Zealand, our Tiriti partnership.

The Salvation Army is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable people, including children, and upholding their rights to protection from abuse and/or neglect.