Buddy Programme Co-coordinator

Family Works is an initiative of Presbyterian Support Southland and we offer a widespread range of support services to families/whānau, children and young people in the region. From counselling and social work support through to parenting programmes, we work alongside families as they face challenges and we support them to flourish.

We provide essential services today for tomorrow’s generations in our community.

About the role:

A permanent part-time position (30 hours per week) has become available for a Buddy Programme Co-ordinator based in Invercargill.  This role will require flexibility as at time there will be evening and weekend meetings and trainings to facilitate.

The Buddy Programme contributes to the emotional and social wellbeing of children by matching them with carefully selected and trained adult volunteers in a well-supported mentoring relationship.

The key objective for the role is to coordinate the Buddy Programme and to ensure it is delivered to the standards required by Family Works.

Key responsibilities:

  • Recruiting of Big Buddies

  • Liaising with families following a referral and assessing child’s suitability for the Buddy Programme
  • Matching the Little Buddy with a Big buddy
  • Organise regular Buddy outings and events
  • Providing ongoing supervision and training for Big Buddies
  • Liaising with other agencies and promoting the Big Buddies Programme
  • Ensure all records and accurate and kept up to date

What you will need to be successful in the role:

  • A relevant qualification in social services, health, education or a related field (consideration will be given to candidates who are nearing completion of their qualifications).
  • Previous experience working with children, young people and their families.
  • Previous experience facilitating group training/activities
  • The ability to prioritise and manage your time effectively
  • Ability to communicate with a wide variety of people
  • The commitment to providing services in the spirit of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • A current full clean New Zealand driver’s licence


If you have a have previous experience working with children, young people and their families and are passionate about supporting the youth in our community please apply online by following the link below - including a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae.

To apply click here 

To view the Position Description click here

If you have any queries please email jobs@pss.org.nz 


Applications Close  4pm Friday 20 May 2022

(Interviews with suitably qualified candidates may commence earlier)


Please note to be considered for this role you will need to have the right to work in New Zealand and be fully Covid 19 vaccinated.

Pre-employment checks may include criminal history check, drug and alcohol testing and a medical assessment.