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Company START Taranaki
Location South Taranaki, Taranaki
Listed Tue 19 Nov, 11:48 am
Type Full time, Permanent
S.T.A.R.T. Community Connector


START Taranaki is a community-based NGO delivering a Supervision with Activity (SwA) programme on contract with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and The Ministry for Children, Oranga Tamariki (OT).

SwA is a youth Justice Order at the top level of Youth Court Sentencing handed down to high level and recidivist youth offenders.

START Taranaki was founded by CEO Neville Phillips and was incorporated as a charitable trust in late 2003. As such, START Taranaki has 16 years’ experience working with young men with offending behaviours.

In 2016 S.T.A.R.T. launched a regional Early intervention programme for young males from Taranaki aged 14-17 at risk of offending or repeat offending called S.T.A.R.T. Early.

The programme is aimed at steering young people away from repeat offending and the high end Youth Justice Orders like Supervision with Activity and Supervision with Residence by providing meaningful and long-term in-community intervention for young people and their whanau.

Additionally, the 'START Early' programme positively contributes to safer more inclusive communities in Taranaki through a fresh, socially-responsible and socially-just approach.

The Community Connector Role

In this role you will report directly to the Lead Advocate and Programme Manager who will aid in giving direction toward fostering healthy community attachments through the one-to-one support and team support you will provide to young people on the START Early Programme.

Key Duties:

• In the first instance, ensuring young people have health related community connections sorted; GP; Dentist; Sexual health checks; Counselling and other services that may be of important to their needs
• Aiding young people with basic life skills like budgeting, drivers licencing, employment and social support services

Beyond this:

  • Discovering young people’s aspirations;
  • Uncovering their skills and interest;
  • Identifying with the young person what they can do for themselves and where external support or assistance may help;
  • Connecting and mobilising people
  • Helping them take ideas forward into action
  • Identify local informal groups, clubs and associations and build relationships, encouraging collaboration between these groups/clubs and young people
•Ensure monitoring and reporting requirements are maintained.

•Be committed to safety and wellbeing

Qualities and Attributes

  • Flexible, adaptable and a good listener.
  • Team player with an open and honest manner and ability to build on effective relationships with a wide range of individuals.
  • Comfortable with both encouraging and challenging community leaders and professionals.
  • Ability to ‘step back’ and allow young people to do it for themselves.
  • Motivational and empowering in approach.
  • Political awareness and an ability to influence, challenge and support
  • Believes everyone has something essential to contribute to community building efforts, regardless of their past experience, or the labels others have placed on them.
Responsive: Provide the right support, in the right way, at the right time.
Caring: Be thoughtful and considerate in your dealings with others.
Trustworthy: You keep your promises.
Smart: You are a lean thinker and keep up to date with tools that contributes to the team’s ongoing success.
Connected: Approachable, accessible, establishes good relationships and builds wide networks ensuring the service can effectively support people to sustain their health and wellbeing.
Passionate: Love what you do and passionate about making a difference.
Respectful: Understand that everyone is on a journey and may require support in different ways

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.
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