Event: 2012 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NZ
Award level: Gold
Award category: Clinical and Non-Clinical Services Supporting Recovery (Larger Organisation)
Abstract: WALSHtrust is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation that provides specialist mental health support services to people living in the West Auckland region. Established by community members in 1988, WALSHtrust now offers a range of support services that aim to support people’s recovery from mental illness, enhance their personal health and well-being, and promote their personal capacity and resilience. In 2012, WALSHtrust supports nearly 500 people and their families. The services offered are often very practical and include: daily living skills (such as meal preparation and planning, budgeting, shopping, parenting, house-keeping, problem-solving), accessing and retaining benefit entitlements, rental accommodation/housing, employment, support and assistance in meeting their health (physical and mental) needs. WALSHtrust staff aim to apply an approach that communicates people’s worth and potential so clearly, that they are inspired to see it in themselves. Description of Facility/Organisation: WALSHtrust has provided a range of mental health support services in the West Auckland region since 1988. It covers a diverse population of just over 200,000 people; 68% identify as European, 14% Maori, 11% Pacific peoples, 7% Asian. Services are provided by contracts with Waitemata DHB, Ministry of Social Development, and Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). WALSHtrust’s current budget is around $5.2m; during a 12 month period between 500 and 600 people will make use of the support services offered. At any one time, around 400 people will be using WALSHtrust services. We employ around 70 FTE staff. WALSHtrust is also a provider of social housing; we access rental housing through Housing New Zealand and the private market. We also own a small number of properties. Our social housing options are prioritised for people whose lives have been affected by mental illness.