This role will primarily support the well-being of wāhine living at Whare Hiwa, our new youth housing solution based in Glen Eden. This role will be 25 hours per week with one weekend in four on call, as well as rostered overnights on call.
About the Role
Reporting to the Kaiārahi Team Leader – Youth Housing, the role will primarily support the well-being of wāhine living at Whare Hiwa, and assist with MyWhare rangatahi where possible. The role’s core responsibilities will be to support wāhine to learn practical and relational living skills through a kaupapa Māori lens and to ensure a culturally and practically safe environment for wahine at Whare Hiwa. The Kaitohu Rangatahi will also engage with community and whānau networks as appropriate to support positive opportunities and outcomes for those living at Whare Hiwa.
Some Key Responsibilities
- Provide a safe place for rangatahi to voice their cares and concerns and to work through issues that arise as you support them to live confidently in their own mana and place of belonging in the world.
- To act responsibly in the support of residents at Whare Hiwa and MyWhare, role modelling how to successful navigate a flatting environment and early adulthood and offering residents the chance to learn about their whakapapa and cultural identity.
- Provide mentoring and coaching in skills development as identified in rangatahi plans. These skills may include, but are not limited to: self-reflection, decision making, hauora and wellbeing, CV writing, job search and interviewing, basic computer skills, customer service, health and safety, work experience placements and targeted training.
- Connect rangatahi to appropriate additional supports, both within Visionwest and in the wider community, to help support their wellbeing, goals, and aspirations.
- To support some after-hours activities with the residents of Whare Hiwa, offering the young people opportunities to learn and grow and bond together as flatmates.
- Be part of an on-call roster providing support when necessary to wāhine in Whare Hiwa afterhours.
Qualifications and Experience
- Relevant qualification - a level 4 qualification, or above in Youth Work, Te Reo me ona tikanga Māori or similar field would be highly advantageous.
- Experience working with vulnerable rangatahi and/or whānau, including mentoring and coaching
- Good computer skills, particularly with MS Office Software- report writing is part of this role.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
- Understanding of, and competency in, te reo me ngā tikanga Māori.
- High level of initiative with the ability to prioritise and multitask.
- Full drivers licence and the flexibility to work non-standard hours as required.
- Able to develop strategic relationships
Visionwest Community Trust is an award-winning, not-for-profit organisation with faith-led roots, that provides a range of social services to communities in Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Christchurch.
Our lived values are:
Manaakitanga (Holistic Care)
Whanaungatanga (Authentic Relationships)
A commitment to the vision, mission and values of Visionwest Community Trust is essential for this position, see www.VisionWest.org.nz/about-us
If this role appeals to you, then please apply now!
Applicants for this position must be eligible to work in NZ.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and interviews may take place prior to the close date. This means we reserve the right to close a job ad before the advertised close date.