Food Welfare Social Worker

  • Company:
    The Salvation Army
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    3 days ago
  • Category:

Palmerston North Corps and Community Ministries, Palmerston North

12-month fixed term role; 40 hours per week.

  • Do you want to have a voice in the community, do you want to change the face of food insecurity, can your life skills develop skills in others, and are you looking for a challenge?
  • Can you work in a culturally sensitive holistic way?
  • We offer you an opportunity to be heard, develop and change people’s lives with this 1-year fixed term position working within a diverse, multidisciplinary, passionate and empathetic group of people.

    About The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army has been transforming lives since 1865. We work in over 130 countries, coordinated by our International Headquarters in London and we are a registered charity under the Charities Act 2005. The Army has over 3,000 officers and employees in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa and is recognised as a high value employer. The mission of The Salvation Army in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa is caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society.

    About the Palmerston North Corps and Community Ministries

    The Salvation Army Community Ministries provide invaluable services to a wide range of people across Palmerston North. The services include foodbank, budgeting and community finance, welfare, disability services, counselling and social work as well as access to spiritual support through Palmerston North Corps (the Church).

    Purpose of Community Ministries

  • To provide a culturally appropriate and holistic ministry within the community which addresses the social, spiritual, emotional and physical needs of people;
  • To share the love of God as expressed through Christ in a sensitive and appropriate manner.
  • About the role

  • To show acceptance, inclusion and genuine interest in people, validating their story and aspirations;
  • To listen, relate and affirm people in such a way that they are encouraged to examine their issues and create solutions that lead to sustained independence
  • To work within the Model of Care framework and align practice with guiding policies and procedures (assessment, intervention, outcome, evaluation);
  • To ensure the set outcomes are being achieved and reporting aligns with practice;
  • To support with food insecurity through developing plans to enable empowerment and diversity;
  • To provide an environment that is warm and welcoming to participants requiring food resources;
  • To encourage participants’ participation in additional internal and external supports, counselling financial mentorship and budgeting;
  • To engage deeply with in the whanau network and develop strong supports to move forward;
  • To build resilience to feelings of shame, embarrassment and confusion through the building of self-worth, value and strength.
  • Key tasks

  • Understand and utilise the powhiri process for engagement and relationship building;
  • Promote the client as the expert in their own life;
  • Use strengths-based practice motivational interviewing skills in all interactions;
  • Support and develop client driven goals and determine procedures for intervention and support;
  • Load Information into SAMIS in assessment, case plan, session records and client feedback;
  • Supporting the change to food independence;
  • Being the voice for those requiring change, building independence.
  • Person Specification


  • Hold (or completing final year of) a NZ-recognised Social Work qualification and be Registered (or committed to undergoing the process of Registration).
  • Key competencies

  • Understand and support for diverse groups of people;
  • Understand and respond to the effect’s trauma has on a person’s functioning, engagement and outlook on life;
  • Empower people to find their own path to wellness through the promotion of self-determination and collaboration;
  • Build rapport, respond quickly and appropriately to situations and treat people with respect and dignity;
  • A strong understanding of, and a heart for social justice issues;
  • Computer competent;
  • Ability to work within a team.
  • Applications

    Applicants for this position will need to have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa. All employment offers are subject to the completion of a satisfactory Ministry of Justice clearance/Police Check (where applicable).

    Closing date

    Applications close by 12 noon on Friday, 5 February 2021 .

    The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church and human service provider. It is committed to caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society – all through the love of God shown in Jesus. The successful applicant should therefore show an ability to identify with the mission and values of The Salvation Army.