Gateway – Blenheim

Community Support

The Blenheim Community Support Team provides one to seven hours of individual support to people living in their own homes in the community. The team covers the wider Blenheim area including Havelock, the Marlborough Sounds and Seddon. The team is located at 178 Middle Renwick Road.

The service is designed to work with those individuals who have support requirements as a result of their mental illness. The type of support which each person gets varies; people identifying the goals that they wish to work toward, with support being built around these and any specific interests or requirements that they have. In addition to this, much of support is aimed at assisting service users to maintain their wellness and to manage those times when they are less well.

The Community Support Workers (CSWs) working in this team are all qualified. They work closely with NMDHB Mental Health Care Managers at Witherlea (Wairau Hospital) and people’s GPs, to ensure that the health and mental health needs of service users are attended to.

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Youth Community Support

The team supports young people with mental health issues between the ages of 12 – 18 years. All referrals come to Youth Community Support through NMDHB Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

The Youth Community Team are experienced and qualified Youth Support Workers who work with young people living at home or in their own accommodation in the community. The team can provide one to one support for up to seven hours a week.

The type of support provided depends on the goals that the young person sets. For some this is around transition from school to work or training. For others it may be about keeping motivated, wanting to develop social networks or pursue particular interests. For all young people it is about learning to be independent and self sufficient; how to look after their health, gain living skills and having a quality life. Outdoor activities, sports and social outings are also an important part of support. During school holidays the team plan activities such as BBQ’s, swimming, walks, picnics, trips to the movies or maybe get together at a local cafe.

Whenever possible the Youth Support Worker will keep family/caregivers involved in planning and informed about the how the young person is doing. Experience tell us that families and caregivers often need support and encouragement too, so the team are available as a resource to the family/caregiver of the young person also.

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Hapai Te Ora (Peer Support Respite Service)

This service is run by Gateway Housing Trust in partnership with SF Marlborough and CARE Marlborough. The service is located in a modern, 4 bedroom house in a quiet, residential area near Redwoodtown in Blenheim. The house offers a comfortable, home-like environment and has a separate, one bedroom unit for those guests who need or want more personal space or privacy.

Hapai Te Ora is run by and for consumers and aims to provide a safe, warm and welcoming place where people who experience mental illness can come for ‘time out’ from their own home and/or when feeling unwell and needing extra support. The house is staffed twenty four hours a day, with (awake) staff available to guests during the night if needed. The house is open everyday, all year. All linen, food and services are provided free of charge to guests.

The service works closely with the Mental Health team at Witherlea to ensure that guests’ mental health needs are monitored and attended to. All referrals to the service are made through Witherlea Mental Health team, with an average length of stay being around three weeks. However short visits and longer stays can be arranged, depending on individual need and bed availability.

Snapshot Youth Service

This service is available in Nelson, Tasman and Wairau.  Click here for more information.

If you would like more information about these services or any of Gateway Housing Trust’s services in other areas, please contact Gateway Housing Trust on Ph: (03) 545 7100 or email