TTTWON is a Service ‘by Consumers for Consumers’. Staff are called ‘Consumer Networkers’ and have their own experience of mental health or addiction issues. Their role is to build a network of consumers of mental health and addiction services across Northland. Arataki Ministries and TTTWON work together to undertake this role. Arataki have the contract with the Northland District Health Board (NDHB) and employs the Consumer Networkers. Arataki Ministries has a Memo of Understanding with TTTWON, which is an autonomous Charitable Trust.
The primary purpose of TTTWON is to provide a two-way link of communication between Northland DHB and people using mental health and addiction services. It ensures the ‘Consumer voice’ is heard; what works for consumers and what doesn’t. In order to do so the Consumer Networkers facilitate regular meetings in Whangarei, Dargaville, Kaikohe and Kaitaia. The main base of TTTWON is at 73 Water Street, Whangarei. This office is open most days. Various programmes and groups are held here; some educational, some social, and some more fun-orientated. People can attend the groups, drop in for a chat, and utilise the library of resources. TTTWON also produce regular newsletters, which are mailed to its members.
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People are encouraged to become members of TTTWON as a way to record and maintain their connectedness. People can be:
- full members (people with their own lived experience of Mental Health & Addictions)
- or associate members (people who support the network)
Te Taitokerau Tangata Whai Ora Network
73 Water Street
Phone 09 4384 115