At Social Service Providers Te Pai Ora o Aotearoa, our vision is for Aotearoa New Zealand's community-based social services to be sustainable, making a positive impact every day in our communities, supporting children, rangatahi and whānau to thrive now and into the future.
The past few years have been tough for everyone, including for our community-based social services and the dedicated, professional kaimahi (workers) who walk alongside whānau and hapori every day.
They've told us there needs to be a stronger focus on supporting their wellbeing as workers, so they can continue to do their essential mahi, and remain strong and well while doing this work. Through the social services kaimahi hauora initiatives we've delivered over the past few years at Social Service Providers Te Pai Ora o Aotearoa, we've also seen first-hand the difference that a focus on worker wellbeing can make.
That's why we're standing up for social services kaimahi hauora, for all community-based social services workers. This General Election year, we're calling on all parties to stand up for social services kaimahi hauora and commit to:
- Investing in social services kaimahi hauora initiatives;
- Exercising a practical commitment to social services kaimahi hauora in all social service commissioning & contracting arrangements; and
- Co-developing with the community-based & government social sector a Social Services Workforce Plan that includes a core focus on social services kaimahi hauora.
This campaign is Te Pai Ora o Aotearoa's way of responding to these calls from community-based social services kaimahi, and calling on all parties to commit to action on social services kaimahi hauora this General Election.
Real workers. Real stories.
At the heart of the ‘Standing Up for Social Services Kaimahi Hauora’ campaign are the direct stories and insights of a number of real community-based social services kaimahi.
These workers have bravely and kindly shared their own stories for the benefit of the wider sector, and to influence change.
This series of real, first-hand stories emphasises how important a stronger focus on social services kaimahi hauora is, and powerfully brings forward a range of different perspectives on the kaupapa.
Kaimahi Hauora in the media
Click below to read our opinion piece on community-based social services kaimahi hauora, published in The Spinoff earlier this year.
Here are some resources to tautoko you as leader or manager to place a practical focus on kaimahi hauora in your organisation:
Places to find support
Even though every day in our mahi as social services workers we’re caring for and helping others, sometimes we need some help ourselves. If any time you’re feeling distressed or need some immediate support, you can free text or call 1737 the National Telehealth Service to talk to or txt with a trained counsellor at any time.
For additional support if you need it at any time, you can get in touch with one of these organisations:
Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Tāmaki Makaurau
Anxiety New Zealand – 0800 ANXIETY (0800 269 4389)
Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Healthline – 0800 611 116
Rural Support Trust – 0800 787 254
Samaritans – 0800 726 666
For free counselling support for children and rangatahi who you work with or in your whānau, get in touch with:
0800 What's Up - 0800WHATSUP whatsup.co.nz
YouthLine - 0800 376 633 / free txt 234