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Corstorphine Baptist Community Trust

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    History

    CBCT (Corstorphine Baptist Community Trust) has been providing mental health support services in Dunedin since 1974. It began as the Villa 3 scheme taking people from Cherry Farm Hospital and providing group homes in the community. Historically services were delivered from the Corstorphine Baptist Church Hall (hence the organisation’s name), but the organisation has always been non-denominational.

    Over time, CBCT has expanded from primarily adult mental health services to also include services for those with a disability, as well as child and youth services.

    Present Day

    Today CBCT provides a range of residential and support services for children, young people and adults living with mental health issues and/or a disability. This support is provided in a variety of settings to meet the needs of the individual and their family/whānau.

    CBCT is a well-established provider known for working collaboratively with other agencies and finding creative and innovative ways to meet challenging and complex needs.

    CBCT works with individuals in a goal-focused way to identify areas which impact on their wellbeing and independence in the community and supports them to achieve their full potential.

    CBCT's Aim

    CBCT’s aim is to maximise the strengths of people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives as a result of mental health issues and/or disability and to promote wellbeing in all aspects of their lives.

    CBCT’s Philosophy

    CBCT’s services are designed and implemented according to the following principles:

    • The inherent value of all people.
    • The rights and obligations of service users to participate as an integral part of all service planning, provision and evaluation.
    • The rights of people affected by mental health issues and/or disability to live within the community.
    • A commitment to the principles of partnership, participation and protection as encompassed within Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

    Staff

    CBCT’s Structure

    A Board governs CBCT and the Trustees represent a wide range of occupations and interests within the community.

    The CEO has overall responsibility for the operations of CBCT and is assisted in this by the Service Leaders, the Policy & Quality Advisor and a team of administrators. CBCT’s services are provided by Service Delivery Teams which include:

    • Service Leaders
    • Community Support Workers
    • Residential Support Workers
    • Peer Support Workers

    Programme

    Adult Residential

    CBCT offers two residential houses for people over the age of 18 who experience issues with their mental health. Staff support the residents in these houses, but do not live on site. The houses are staffed 7am-10pm with a responsive on call service outside these hours. The houses are located in the South Dunedin and St Kilda areas.

    This service offers recovery and strengths-based support which is individually tailored to the needs of the service users. This support aims to assist individuals to learn, develop and maintain life skills. Upon entering the service, individuals will be supported to develop goals for themselves and these goals will be the focus of their time with CBCT.

    People coming into this service will work alongside a clinician and support staff to develop a plan which will identify the goals they hope to achieve during their time in the service.

    The role of all staff is to assist service users through their recovery and support them to live in the most independent way possible. Staff can assist with a range of domestic and self-management skills such as cooking, budgeting, cleaning, gardening, shopping and planning/attending social activities. They will also assist with the running of house meetings so service users can manage the house to suit their needs.

    Adult Community Support

    CBCT offers an adult community support service to individuals over the age of 18 who are experiencing mental health issues.

    Support Workers work alongside service users to assist them in achieving their goals, including things such as:

    • Managing wellness by understanding the signs and symptoms experienced when becoming unwell or distressed.
    • Sharing information about services and resources available.
    • Identifying and getting involved with activities that are meaningful.
    • Learning new coping skills.
    • Helping with planning, daily living skills and goals.
    • Providing support to access and attend appointments.

    Te Whakaruruhau – CBCT Child & Youth Residential

    This service offers an innovative residential recovery service which aims to promote well-being for young people usually aged between 13 and 18 years who are affected by mental health issues.

    Te Whakaruruhau consists of two 3 bed homes. Staff work closely with whānau/family and others involved in the support of the young person. It is anticipated that, where possible, the young people will continue to participate in their existing community, school, recreational and educational activities during their time at Te Whakaruruhau. The homes are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Young people coming into the service will work alongside a clinician and support staff to develop a plan which will identify the goals they hope to achieve during their time at Te Whakaruruhau. Staff will work alongside the young person and their family/whānau to achieve their goals in a recovery focused way. The referrer and the clinical case manager may also be involved in the development of the young person’s goal plan.

    It is expected that whānau/family will be an integral part of the young person’s plan and will offer support and encouragement to the young person to work towards achieving their goals.

    All referrals to the service are sent directly to CBCT. Referrals will be considered against criteria for entry and the availability of beds.

    Child & Youth Community Support

    Community Support

    CBCT offers a Child & Youth Community Support Service to individuals under the age of 20 who experience mental health issues and are living within the community.

    Support Workers work alongside service users (and the important people in their lives) to assist them in achieving their goals, including things such as:

    • Helping to identify behaviours that cause problems at home or school.
    • Managing wellness by understanding the signs and symptoms experienced when becoming unwell or distressed.
    • Sharing information about services and resources available.
    • Identifying and getting involved with activities that are meaningful.
    • Learning new coping skills and strategies to manage feelings, thoughts and behaviours.
    • Building on strengths.
    • Helping with planning, daily living skills and goals.
    • Providing support to access and attend appointments.

    Supported Living

    CBCT offers a supported living service that works alongside people with disabilities allowing them to live independently in the community by providing support in those areas of their life where help is needed. This service is available to people over the age of 17 who meet the Ministry of Health’s disability support services eligibility criteria. Referral has to coma via Access Ability.

    CBCT offers a creative, responsive and flexible person-centred approach to this support.

    A Support Worker will work alongside the person and, if appropriate, their family/whānau, to identify areas for support which will be written into a plan. This plan will identify the goals they hope to achieve during their time in the service and will be reviewed on a regular basis.

    Support Workers work alongside service users to assist them in achieving their goals, including things such as:

    • Sharing information about services and resources available.
    • Identifying and getting involved with activities that are meaningful.
    • Learning new coping skills.
    • Helping with planning, daily living skills and goals.
    • Providing support to access and attend appointments

    Cosy Cottage - Facility Respite

    CBCT delivers respite services for eligible children and young people who are funded by Disability Support Services (DSS) or Oranga Tamariki. This facility has the capacity to accommodate up to four people and is staffed 24 hours a day. This service also has a vehicle and can take people to their school or usual day time activity if needed.

    Sometimes family members need a break from each other and CBCT provides an environment for this to happen.

    The Cosy Cottage respite service is tailored to meet the child/young person’s individual needs. Care is provided by staff who understand and can respond to specific age and disability requirements.

    Before being accepted into the respite service based at Cosy Cottage, the child/young person will need to be referred by either DSS (Disability Support Services) or Oranga Tamariki.

    The service offers:

    • Flexibility so families/whānau can access respite as needed.
    • A person-centred approach which is developmentally and age appropriate.
    • Support to build and strengthen relationships between residents, their family/whānau/carer and communities.
    • A collaborative approach with family/whānau and all services involved in supporting the child/young person.
    • A suitably qualified and experienced Service Leader who will aim to optimise the stay and ensure that staff follow best practice in the service that they provide.

    The home offers:

    • A welcoming home-like environment which is safe, secure and comfortable.
    • Staffing 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
    • The ability to continue to participate within existing community and educational networks.

     

    Peer Support Service

    CBCT has peer support workers who are available to provide peer support to adult service users.

    Peer support workers have their own experience of mental distress and they work as peers alongside the service user – not as experts.

    Peer support workers form relationships with service users and their work focuses on the relationship between the two people. Both people can give help and support to each other, share their knowledge and beliefs and experience different ways of relating to other people.

    The peer support service at CBCT is based on an international model called Intentional Peer Support (IPS) and all CBCT peer support workers are fully trained in this model.

    Charges

    No fees apply.

    Age groups

    • Child / Tamariki
    • Youth / Rangatahi
    • Adult / Pakeke
    • Older adult / Kaumātua