About Us

We are here to support families/whānau that care for someone with a mental illness or addiction.  Our aim is to give families the strength and skills they need for a better life experience at home, in the community and at work.

 

Able services are:

FREE - MOBILE - CONFIDENTIAL - FLEXIBLE

 

Update 2021.08.23 Fieldworkers will continue to work from home and can be contacted via phone, email or zoom. 

If you do not remember how to contact your fieldworker please feel free to contact admin@able.org.nz 

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Current Vacancies

OAMARU TEAM MEMBER

We are looking for a qualified, enthusiastic, and motivated Family|Whānau Support worker to join our team and extend Able Minds’ coverage in the Waitaki region. This is a full-time permanent position based in Oamaru however, the successful candidate will be expected to travel across the Waitaki District and in some cases to Dunedin. 

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Apply via seek

CLOSES Friday 13 August 2021

 

 DUNEDIN TEAM MEMBER

We are looking for a qualified, enthusiastic, and motivated Family|Whānau Support worker to join our team and extend Able Minds’ coverage in the Dunedin and wider Otago region. This is a full-time permanent position based in Dunedin however, some travel may be required as caseload demands. 

Click here for more information and job description

Apply via seek

CLOSES Monday 30 August 2021

 

 

Vision

  • Empowered by hope
  • Transformed by acceptance
  • Strengthened by community connections

 

Mission

  • Supporting families/whānau affected by mental illness, addiction and suicide

 

Values

  • Family/whānau and community connectedness is at the heart of everything we do, with the colleagues and clients
  • We strive for excellence, always listening, learning and improving how we deliver a quality, culturally appropriate service
  • We build on each person's strengths, walk alongside them to support their sense of self respect, belonging and meaningful community contribution
  • We are transparent and accountable to all our stakeholders

 

What we do

supportable

able.minds helps families and whānau, including children and young people, of those with a mental illness or addiction to develop strategies for coping with the impact of mental illness on their lives.  able also helps develop family based support networks.

advocateable

able.minds provides a supporting voice for families and whānau, including children and young people, of those with a mental illness, when dealing with service providers, policy-makers, the health system or wherever a strong voice is needed.

educateable

able.minds provides information, education and training about mental illness or addiction to families/whānau and carers of people with a mental illness or addiction.

connectable - through Focus Clubhouse and Central Otago Activities Centre

able.minds is dedicated to helping people with a mental illness or addiction to develop the skills and confidence they need to connect socially and contribute to their communities.

workable - through the Vocational Services

able.minds programmes assist people with mental illness in setting employment goals, developing work skills, finding employment and keeping it.

 

For more information download our pamphlet here

Complaints/Compliments form click here

 

Annual Performance Report 2019 - 2020 click here

 

Meet Our Team - Board of Trustees

Helen Jansen - Board Chair

Helen Portrait

Connecting people and their potential has been what Helen has done all her life, as classroom teacher, tourism guide, adult tutor and community activist.

Helen arrived in New Zealand from England via Southern Africa in 1994. She is a business owner, avid community networker and possibility thinker.  She has worked for and been on the boards and management committees of not for profit organisations in North Otago for the last ten years, including Literacy North Otago, Waitaki Multicultural Council and Steampunk NZ Trust - which she founded.

In 2016 she completed the Institute of Director's Certificate of Company Direction and was shortlisted for the emerging Directors award in Otago Southland in 2018. Since then she has become Chairman of the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust, Ako Tonu Aotearoa: Lifelong Learning Aotearoa, and assumed the role at Able Charitable Trust in October 2020.

"My vision is to see and hear the community championing the Able Charitable Trust team for the outstanding service they provide to those families and individuals who care for the mental health of their loved ones."

 

 

Mike Harte - Trustee

Mike Harte

Mike is the Director of Information Technology Services at the University of Otago where he is responsible for the effective and efficient provision of Information Technology services to support teaching, research and administration.

Mike has over 40 years’ experience in the IT industry across the banking, retail, Local Government and education sectors. 

Mike is a past national President and a Fellow of the NZ Institute of IT Professionals.  He is also a Past President and Life Member of the Association of Local Government Information Management.

Since 1998 Mike has served on the Executive of the NZ International Science Festival, served as President between 2007-2012 and was awarded Life Membership in 2014.

He has also served on the Board of Knox and Salmond Colleges since 2016.

Mike served on the Board of SF Otago from 2013 to 2015 when the Able Charitable Trust was formed. Mike has served on the Able Board since 2015 and was Chair from 2016 to 2020.

 

Mark Wilesmith - Trustee

Mark W

Mark joined the Board of Able late 2019.

He has called Dunedin home since 2006 having moved from the UK.

Mark works for The University of Otago in The Divisional Office of the Division of Sciences.

Prior to his move to New Zealand he worked for a US based multinational banking corporation and other financial organisations.

Mark has been involved in a number of charities over the years as well as trustee positions at schools and a company pension scheme in the UK.

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