Rākau Roroa/ Tall Trees
The Lived Experience Leaders Initiative
Expressions of Interest are open!
Rākau Roroa (Tall Trees) is a national lived experience leaders’ programme under the banner of Like Minds, Like Mine and the National Depression Initiative (NDI).
Through training and on-going support, Rākau Roroa will create and maintain a network of recognised leaders or, Tall Trees, who have personal lived experience of mental distress and recovery and are confident to publicly champion positive messages around the value of these experiences. These Tall Trees will;
– Be equipped with the tools, skills and messages required to challenge discrimination and social exclusion and encourage help seeking and inclusive behaviours.
– Apply their learning to the communities they already have influence in (industry/workplace/culture etc.)
– Have public respect by being credible, authentic and honest about their mental health struggles and strengths.
– Confidently look for opportunities to disclose their lived experience in a way that challenges myths and stereotypes.
– Walk the talk as a competent, capable and professional community leader who is open about their lived experience of mental distress.
We are particularly interested in hearing from people with lived experience of mental distress who are connected to Māori, Pasifika, young people (under 25 years of age), have had experience of serious/profound mental distress and recovery or are connected to other communities like the LBGTTQI+, new mothers, older people, men or rural. We will be prioritising specific groups as these are central to the Like Minds, Like Mine and NDI programmes.
In this expression of interest, you will indicate which of the following roles you would like to be considered for. You may apply for more than one role, for example you may wish to be a facilitator and then go on to mentor future cohorts.
Please be prepared to:
– Allow 20-30 minutes to complete each application
– Complete all sections of the application form
– Contact us if you have any questions or queries
– Attach references/letters of support
– Attach a photograph of yourself (for internal use)
– Confirm that you can dedicate sufficient time and energy to complete the training (Detailed in Role Descriptions below)
Rākau Roroa Role Descriptions
1/ Facilitator – You are an experienced facilitator or trainer with lived experience who would like to deliver the pilot training to our Tall Trees in March/April 2018. You will be expected to have a high level of knowledge and experience in training as well as a practical understanding of the language and messages of both Like Minds, Like Mine and NDI programmes.
Time Commitment – 2 days Train the Trainer in March + one 2 day training facilitation between March and May in your local community. Total – 4 days + Travel where required
Remuneration – $1280 for 4 days commitment + Travel and Accommodation Expenses
UPDATED – Applications now close Monday February 19th, 12pm
2/ Mentor – You are someone with lived experience who has the skills and knowledge to support our Tall Trees through training and the implementation of their learning. You probably identify as being part of the “consumer movement” and have led social change, advocacy or systems improvement work, and have wisdom around or history with the Like Minds, Like Mine programme. You will know how to respectfully challenge your mentees when needed and are passionate about developing and supporting our future leaders.
Time Commitment – 2 days Train the Trainer in March + up to 16 hours flexible phone, in person and/or online mentorship/support for one cohort of trainees (Tall Trees)
Total – 2 full days training + up to 16 hours flexible support + Travel where required
Remuneration – $640 for 2 days training + $40/hr for a maximum of 16 hours flexible mentorship/support +Travel and Accommodation Expenses where required.
UPDATED – Applications now close Monday February 19th, 12pm
3/ Tall Tree – You are someone with lived experience of mental distress and recovery, who is confident that with the right training and support, you will be able to positively work with your community to reduce stigma and discrimination to benefit people with lived experience of mental distress. You are well supported emotionally and professionally to be open about your lived experience and have a clear picture of how you would like to use the knowledge and skills you gain from being a part of Rākau Roroa.
Time Commitment – One 2 day face to face training between March and May. Total – 2 days + Travel where required. Subsequent cohort training (approx 14 hours self-directed study) will be online from mid to late 2018 and can be done at your own pace.
Remuneration – Training is free for selected Tall Trees, travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Applications for Cohort 2 close March 20th 2018 (Future Cohorts will open at a later date – watch this space)
1. What is the course outline?
The course is comprised of 7 modules – exploring stigma, discrimination, and wellbeing.
2. What are the expected outcomes from the programme? E.g. How will those trained use the new skills?
We are hoping that most applicants will bring their own ideas of how to apply these skills in their own communities using the skills and passions they bring to the programme. Be it as a public speaker, an artist, a musician, a workplace policy maker or anything! It is not for us to dictate what you do with your knowledge, only that you have the confidence and skills to be grounded in the core messages based on best practice that reduce stigma and discrimination and increase help seeking and inclusion.
Some may in the future go into a pool of people that Like Minds, Like Mine and the National Depression Initiative call on to represent us in the media, and some may go on to support others, but most will use their knowledge and be supported to run the projects they want to.
3. Is the course designed to just offer new skills and set up a network for those trained or is there an ongoing expectation that there will be ongoing work in our communities?
Yes (We hope so – but that work is up to the participant and what they want to do, their mentor can guide them and there may be project funding they can apply for in the future)
If so, will this work be organised through Rākau Roroa and will the person therefore become an employee and/or contracted?
No – outside the roles of Facilitator, mentor or Tall Tree (trainee/participant/champion)
4. Will there be ongoing remuneration available for the ongoing work people do?
No, however they will have more information and mentoring around applying for grants and funding relevant to their own projects, and if they continue on to do work on behalf of Rākau Roroa, NDI or LMLM they will be remunerated.
5. What are the implications around conflicts of interest for someone who is already employed in a Peer organisation that is most likely funded by the DHB? Especially around the expectations of ongoing work? And also promoting a paradigm shift in mental health services?
We see an alignment and no real conflicts of interest, particularly for people in peer positions. They may pass on their knowledge to help the peer relationship for example, and it contributes to the consumer paradigm-shift movement by enabling lived experience leaders to come together and speak with one voice nationally. We do ask participants however to fill out a conflict of interest disclosure and speak to their own employers about the programme which we feel will add to their professional development.