Scholarships for Certificate in Health & Wellbeing – Peer Support

Scholarships for Certificate in Health and Wellbeing – Peer Support

  • Do you want to use your own Lived-Experience of mental health distress and addiction to support others and be supported to learn, work, and thrive in health and community-based roles?
  • Are you committed to fostering hope, and building resilience, self-determination, and autonomy in support of peers and whānau who are experiencing mental health distress?
  • Do you wish to acquire a mental health qualification recognized across New Zealand?

If this sounds like you, then the Whitireia Polytechnic Level 4 Certificate in Health and Wellbeing – Peer Support plus scholarship opportunity will support you to achieve your goals!

We know that mental health Peer Support workers make a difference and are a growing part of the mental health and addiction workforce.

Read below and click here to enroll in the Level 4 course.

You must successfully enrol in to the Level 4 Certificate in Health & Wellbeing at Whitireia Polytechnic before applying for the scholarship for your tuition fees – Click here. 

Enrolment to the certificate ends February 26–Don’t hesitate to apply soon! (Number of scholarships are limited).

What do I need to consider?

To be eligible, you will need:

  • Your own Lived-Experience of mental health distress and addiction.
  • A paid position or volunteer work in support work.
  • Two professional references—people who are not relatives, flatmates, or friends–who will support your application as referees.
  • Support from a Manager where you work or volunteer.

Is this course right for me?

  • You have thought about your experience of mental health, addiction and recovery and how it may help you to support others on their own recovery journey.
  • You work or volunteer to support others experiencing mental health distress.
  • You understand your wellbeing and learning support needs.
  • You want to grow knowledge, skills and opportunity as a mental health Peer Support Worker.

Will you be supported?

  • You will learn together with tutors and students who have Lived-Experience of mental health distress and/or addiction. This provides academic and personal peer support in the classroom and between students when learning at work.
  • Whitireia provides support for financial advice, counseling, childcare facilities, and a service for students who have a disability, illness, or health problems that may impact their studies.
  • Many students are returning to learning. Whitireia Polytech offer a range of services to meet the needs of individual students. These include one-to-one and small group assistance, peer tutoring, workshops, and study skills sessions.

Will I receive a scholarship?

Te Whatu Ora will pay for up to 20 students to complete the Whitireia Level 4 Certificate at no cost or part cost.

Priority is given to students who meet all course criteria and are Māori, Pacific or Youth Peer Support workers (29 years or younger). All students accepted into the course will be automatically considered for a scholarship.

For any questions or more information, contact or 027 210 0884.

This project is supported by Changing Minds.

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