MANAGER – Matey Galloway
Here at Oasis Network, we only do things that you want us to do. We will always be honest with you and let you know if there’s a better way to get you sorted.
I have over 26 year experience in the social sector. I hold a degree in social work and I am registered with the Social Work Registration Board (SWRB).
I know my staff will treat you well and do their best for you. Give them a call if you need help – That’s what they are here for.
SENIOR ADVOCATE – Rachel Jowett
Kia ora tatou I’m an advocate at Oasis Network, I’ve been with the organisation since July 2015. I was excited to join the team after finishing my Bachelors degree in Social Work and am currently doing the final year in a Master of Social Work specialising in addictions, mental health and social policy.
My background is in office and administration and my peer experience is with addictions. Since returning to study I have been lucky enough to volunteer at Arohata Prison and Te Whare O Matairangi. I also completed two placements, one at a peer based organisation that specialises in sexual health and the second working as a youth support worker in a GP and nursing practice.
I love my job as an advocate, I am passionate about human rights and enjoy working with our members here at Oasis Network.
ADVOCATE – Charmaine Gibbs
Tena Kotou Katoa,
My name is Charmaine Gibbs. I am currently on a short term contract as a Peer Advocate at Oasis Network Inc. I come from a social work background, having worked in the Lower Hutt region for 14 years. I worked for Kokiri Marae Social Services, Sea View for 2 years and 12 years for the then Ministry of Social Development Child, Youth and Family Services as a Care and Protection Social Worker.
While I have never worked in the area of mental health and addiction I do bring life experience and social work ethics into this role. I am familiar with other social service organisations throughout the Lower Hutt region and the support offered in the community.
I look forward to one day meeting all the services associated with Oasis Network Inc. in the near future.
Naku, na (Yours sincerely)
PEER SUPPORT WORKER – Angie Egerton
Kia Ora. I started getting interested in working in the mental health field as a teenager after I gave a talk about experiencing mental ill health to families. Since then I have worked on the Like Minds Like Mine campaign to counter stigma and discrimination as a speaker and a consumer advisor, and at Atareira (mental health support form family/whanau) doing mental health education in schools and in the community. Recently I have also worked for Buddies Peer Support Service at Wellington Hospital. Working at Oasis as a peer support worker has been enjoyable and uplifting through all the peers I have had the privilege to meet and relate to.
PEER SUPPORT WORKER – David Stuart
Hi everyone. I have been working as a peer support worker for just over one year. Before that I was a volunteer for 4 ½ years.
Before that I worked at a variety of volunteer and paid part time jobs through the Earthlink programme which gave me skills and helped me regain the confidence I had lost due to unemployment.
We have a great sense of community at Oasis and working here gives me a great sense of satisfaction.
PEER EDUCATOR – SUE ROSTRON
Hi, I am the Peer Educator at Oasis. I have experience of mental distress and or illness. I have also been a primary teacher and an adult learner, in many different settings. I am studying Adult Education and am looking forward to seeing how the experts do it. I love my job because I work with members to strengthen recovery and resilience.
People with experience of mental distress and or illness are experts in our own recoveries. When we get together we share our expertise and support each other. We check out resources and information that strengthen our recovery and resilience. Each of us can then adapt anything useful for our journey towards leading the life we want.
There are a few ways people can strengthen their leadership skills and knowledge at Oasis; these include participating in groups, planning group work and or participating in meetings
Participating in groups at Oasis builds confidence and experience. I like to tell people why we are doing activities. That way people understand why certain activities are being used and what learning they encourage. An upside of this is that some people work towards speaking in front of a group while others organise and facilitate parts of groups.
We have quarterly planning groups at Oasis. People name and rank topics that are relevant to their recovery and future groups focus on these topics.
Members meetings are held fortnightly at Oasis. Members are encouraged to run all or part of the meetings. Members often take notes or minutes. At our Annual General Meetings members vote representatives onto the Oasis Board. Member representatives are there to contribute their experience to Oasis Network Inc. at governance levels.
My aim with advocacy groups is to build up self-esteem and confidence so that self-advocacy is easier for any member. We spend a lot of time learning about people’s rights and also our responsibility to honour other people’s rights. All this makes for some great discussions.
Members come up with most of the topics for advocacy groups. Sometimes staff notice that a few people are experiencing similar issues and suggest helpful topics.
We also run regular groups where we practice and strengthen different skills needed for systemic advocacy. We run a Systemic Advocacy Consumer Forum four times a year. People come and listen or share their stories of what is and isn’t working to support their recovery and resilience. This information is fed back to the Ministry of Health.
Our timetable is available to view on our Facebook page or here on our website. We can email or post it to you.
I look forward to more fun and feisty group work in the future. It’s a privilege to work here.