Authors: Kites Trust
Event: 2007 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NZ
Award level: Winner
Award category: Consumer Provided Services
Abstract: Temp Solutions (TS) is a consumer run temping agency, initiated by Kites Trust, which places people with experience of mental illness in short-term and casual employment in Wellington, New Zealand. Our business is ensuring that people who experience mental illness are able to access work opportunities, to develop their existing work skills and experience, and make meaningful contributions to consumer workforce development and the ongoing development and provision of mental health services. Most of our work opportunities are within the mental health and community sector, with service user participation in mental health service employment interviews, and provision of secretarial and support services to planning and community consultation processes being the main sources. We have also employed people to work as researchers, writers, editors, clerical staff, and service review contractors. TS has two permanent employees (1.8 FTE’s), and in 2006 employed 39 people (31% of the total workforce) in 100 placements. Description of Facility/Organisation: Temp Solutions has an annual budget for the 2006-2007 year of NZD $175,000, which is projected to increase to NZD $298,000 by July 2009. In the 2006-2007 year we received funding from Ministry of Social Development (MSD) ($80,000) and J.R.McKenzieTrust ($10,000). Our funding package from MSD decreases by one third each year, the shortfall to be made up by earnings from job placements. TS has two permanent employees, a manager (1.0 FTE) and an office assistant (0.8 FTE), and a total of 124 workers in our database with 82 (66%) currently available for work. In 2006 TS employed 39 people (31% of the total workforce) in 100 placements, an increase of 417% over the 2005 year. Overall since 2003 at least 24 TS workers have gone on to gain further employment externally. Our goal is to achieve financial independence by 2009. Payroll and accounting are currently provided by Kites trust.