Job Description:

RATE PER HOUR:  $21.50 – $27.00 – dependent on qualifications and experience

Company introduction

We are a community based disability support provider that operates across much of the North Island. Our vision is of an inclusive New Zealand where people with disabilities are embraced as fully participating citizens, where barriers to inclusion are removed, and where all people are respected and valued for who they are.

We believe that people with disabilities can and should live the life they choose, on their own terms and within the community of their choice.

Community Connections is a member of the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust and actively encourages people with lived experience of disability to apply.


We need 1-2 people (preferably female) to be part of a small team supporting a disabled woman who lives in her own home in the Thorndon area and works in the city.

This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is passionate about working with her to live and fully participate in her community. She works part-time and is often involved in disability advocacy activities and campaigns – she sometimes needs to travel out of town. She needs people to meet her personal care support needs, help with managing her home and courtyard garden, and to assist her from time to time with getting out and about.

Are you up for the challenge?

Job description

The role primarily involves doing full personal care including toileting, showering, and dressing. A hoist is available for doing transfers when at home. She weighs around 50kg so you need to be strong to be able to lift her, e.g., in her workplace. You will also need to cook and do some household tasks as required. Ideally you would drive her in her car from time to time (to take her to work/meetings, go shopping, go out for meals, attend functions/activities – including out of town, meet up with family and friends).

Training is provided and will build upon any experience you already have. You would form part of a team and be expected to provide flexibility in covering other shifts within your availability as needed when other staff are sick or away.

As this position usually involves short shifts (1.5 – 3 hours) it would be beneficial to live near Thorndon or have your own transport.

Qualifications and experience (desirable, not always essential)

  • Clean full driver’s license
  • Own reliable vehicle will be an advantage
  • Current First Aid certificate
  • Studying towards or qualified in Health and Wellbeing, sports fitness, physiotherapy, general medicine (training will be provided for the right person)
  • Prior experience preferred but not required
  • Be comfortable with technology – Community Connections has a cloud-based database and rostering system that staff need to access with their mobile devices.

Skills and attributes

  • Be a people person, able to build trusting and respectful relationships
  • Be able to work creatively and problem-solve
  • Have good community knowledge and be able to develop networks
  • Be a resilient diligent, pro-active team player
  • Have confidence in assisting with personal care
  • Have good time-management
  • Have a good level of fitness.

What can Community Connections offer you?

  • Flexibility – Choose the hours that will work for you. The employer is happy to discuss your availability, and there needs to be some flexibility
  • An enthusiastic and supportive team to be part of
  • Further Careerforce education, from Level 2 to Level 4 – National Certificate in Health, Disability and Aged support which is fully funded by the company.

If you are a good fit for this position and looking for super flexible, well-paid work to fit around your studies – apply now!

If you are ready to join our team please send through your CV and cover letter to Esther Gillam,  Your cover letter should indicate your availability and why you believe you will be suitable for this role.

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