Vacancies

Position Closed 1 Feb 2023

The role of Peer Supporter

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust is looking for more enthusiastic, empathetic, and reliable volunteers with lived experience of mental health to join our 2023 Peer Support Intake.

As part of this role, you will be expected to:

  • Provide manaakitanga and peer support to people experiencing mental distress and/or requiring social support.
  • Help at Te Whare Oranga Ngākau (The Hope Centre) with tasks such as housekeeping and general administration
  • Help out at events including our street appeal and World Suicide Prevention Day

Role requirements:

  • Being reliable, empathetic, responsible, compassionate, a good listener, a good communicator, and having a genuine desire to help others.
  • Attend Peer Support training and monthly supervision.
  • Be able to commit sufficient hours per week (2 hours minimum)
  • Sign a year-long contract.

We welcome diversity and people with experience of tikanga Māori, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, disabilities, lived experience of mental distress, neurodivergency, and/or LGBTQIA+ community.


An information pack and application form will be supplied upon request – contact us below! We’d love to hear from you and discuss how becoming a Peer Supporter can enrich your life and benefit others at the same time.

Apply Now

‍For more information or to apply, contact Jemma Cookson.

Apply Now

About Us

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust was formed in 2014 because there is little support available to families bereaved by suicide or those who are suicidal. In 2018 the Trust began offering direct peer support services from the Hope Centre in Central Dunedin.The Mission of the Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust is to reduce the rate of suicide and suicidal behaviour by:

  • Supporting people at risk of suicide and their whanau
  • Providing community education
  • Increasing community awareness
  • Providing bereavement support
  • Reducing stigma
  • Local and national advocacy

We are seeking additional people to join our successful volunteer Board of Trustees.

The Role of Trustee

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust is looking for up to three trustees. The positions will suit people able to bring their leadership skills to the board as it sets the strategic direction, meets its legal obligations, and monitors the performance of Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust in accordance with the Trust Deed.

Important skills and attributes sought include:

  • Diversity
  • Fundraising
  • Legal
  • Financial
  • Human Resources
  • Strategic Direction
  • Experience of working in the Mental Health and Addiction Sector
  • Professional practice in peer support
  • Governance Experience
  • People with lived experience
  • Mana Whenua representation

In addition, knowledge of the key issues in mental health, an ability to work collaboratively with other board members and a passion to be part of the trust’s work in making a positive difference in people’s lives, will be key to your success in this role.

The key responsibilities in this role include:

  • Contributing to board meetings (once a month) and collective responsibility for decision-making
  • Contributing, at a governance level, to the development, implementation, and review of the LMSPT’s strategic plan and annual work programme

The Board meetings are usually held monthly at The Hope Centre in Dunedin. This is an unpaid role.

We particularly encourage applications from Tangata Whenua, Pasifika, Individuals with a disability, or lived experience.

Position Closed 1 Feb 2023

Trustee

About Us

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust was formed in 2014 because there is little support available to families bereaved by suicide or those who are suicidal. In 2018 the Trust began offering direct peer support services from the Hope Centre in Central Dunedin. The Mission of the Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust is to reduce the rate of suicide and suicidal behaviour by:

  • Supporting people at risk of suicide and their whanau
  • Providing community education
  • Increasing community awareness
  • Providing bereavement support
  • Reducing stigma
  • Local and national advocacy
  • We are seeking additional people to join our successful volunteer Board of Trustees.

The Role of Trustee

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust is looking for up to three trustees. The positions will suit people able to bring their leadership skills to the board as it sets the strategic direction, meets its legal obligations, and monitors the performance of Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust in accordance with the Trust Deed.

Important skills and attributes sought include:

  • Diversity
  • Fundraising
  • Legal
  • Financial
  • Human Resources
  • Strategic Direction
  • Experience of working in the Mental Health and Addiction Sector
  • Professional practice in peer support
  • Governance Experience
  • People with lived experience
  • Mana Whenua representation
  • In addition, knowledge of the key issues in mental health, an ability to work collaboratively with other board members and a passion to be part of the trust’s work in making a positive difference in people’s lives, will be key to your success in this role.


The key responsibilities in this role include:

  • Contributing to board meetings (once a month) and collective responsibility for decision-making
  • Contributing, at a governance level, to the development, implementation, and review of the LMSPT’s strategic plan and annual work programme
  • The Board meetings are usually held monthly at The Hope Centre in Dunedin. This is an unpaid role.


We particularly encourage applications from Tangata Whenua, Pasifika, Individuals with a disability, or lived experience.

Apply Now

‍For more information or to apply, contact Carolyn McMillan, Chair of Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust.

Apply Now

About Us

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust was formed in 2014 because there is little support available to families bereaved by suicide or those who are suicidal. In 2018 the Trust began offering direct peer support services from the Hope Centre in Central Dunedin.The Mission of the Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust is to reduce the rate of suicide and suicidal behaviour by:

  • Supporting people at risk of suicide and their whanau
  • Providing community education
  • Increasing community awareness
  • Providing bereavement support
  • Reducing stigma
  • Local and national advocacy

We are seeking additional people to join our successful volunteer Board of Trustees.

The Role of Trustee

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust is looking for up to three trustees. The positions will suit people able to bring their leadership skills to the board as it sets the strategic direction, meets its legal obligations, and monitors the performance of Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust in accordance with the Trust Deed.

Important skills and attributes sought include:

  • Diversity
  • Fundraising
  • Legal
  • Financial
  • Human Resources
  • Strategic Direction
  • Experience of working in the Mental Health and Addiction Sector
  • Professional practice in peer support
  • Governance Experience
  • People with lived experience
  • Mana Whenua representation

In addition, knowledge of the key issues in mental health, an ability to work collaboratively with other board members and a passion to be part of the trust’s work in making a positive difference in people’s lives, will be key to your success in this role.

The key responsibilities in this role include:

  • Contributing to board meetings (once a month) and collective responsibility for decision-making
  • Contributing, at a governance level, to the development, implementation, and review of the LMSPT’s strategic plan and annual work programme

The Board meetings are usually held monthly at The Hope Centre in Dunedin. This is an unpaid role.

We particularly encourage applications from Tangata Whenua, Pasifika, Individuals with a disability, or lived experience.