S16: Citizenship for All

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Authors: Magdel Hammond, David Burnside

Year: 2019

Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Citizenship for All

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers



Magdel Hammond has been involved in the New Zealand mental health and addiction peer support sector since 2006. Her work includes service design, development and implementation, in both community and residentially based services, peer led training and other workforce development initiatives. She has supported organisations with the development of policy and procedures and frameworks that support effective peer service delivery and include the facilitation of collaborative relationships between clinical and peer frameworks. Magdel has also offers professional supervision for the peer workforce. Magdel is passionate about building resilient communities and see citizenship as a key ingredient to healthy communities.

Dave Burnside is a recovering addict, who worked as a Peer Support worker for the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court for over five years. He then moved on to manage a new Peer Support team based at the Odyssey Adult residential Centre and is now Consumer Advisor for Odyssey. The Citizenship Project originated from the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH), using a citizenship framework - a model for social inclusion developed by PRCH.

Each citizenship project develops its own character, based on the people involved and the local culture, resources and other factors. Emerge Aotearoa, Odyssey House and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) partnered with Yale to bring the project to New Zealand.

Emerge Aotearoa is a large mental health and social services provider and Odyssey House is a prominent provider of addiction services – both committed to ensuring people have a strong sense of belonging to their community and society. Together the two organisations have worked alongside AUT to adapt the program to the New Zealand environment, and honouring our partnership with the indigenous people of New Zealand.

The citizenship framework acknowledges that people who experience mental distress, addiction and homeless often have difficultly negotiating acceptable roles and a niche for themselves in society. The project is a six-month program, addressing social isolation, lack of valued social roles, and involves group intervention with wraparound peer support and is designed to support people who are marginalised, to build productive and fulfilling lives in their communities.

Learning Objectives

Learning Objective 1: Gain an understanding of the Citizenship program and its key features and the learning gained by the implementation of the project and adapting this to the New Zealand cultural context.

Learning Objective 2: Marginalised communities, particularly those who live with mental distress, addiction, forensic histories and homelessness often have difficulty experiencing a strong sense of belonging in their community and society. This program addresses the dilemma faced by people from such marginalised groups in terms of social isolation and lack of valued roles and skills for successful community living.


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