Thomas is our Whānau Peer Support Worker working closely with Health NZ - Waikato District Mental Health and Addictions Services (MHAS) employees within the Community Mental Health team. Thomas works with tāngata whaiora and their whānau, co-workers and the community. He advocates on behalf of tāngata whaiora and helps them navigate the health and social service systems. He works closely with tāngata whaiora to address problems and answer questions, gather and provide information and advice, and connect tāngata whaiora to resources and to the community. He acts as a coach and mentor and helps tāngata whaiora to set goals and work toward developing skills. Within Progress to Health, Thomas facilitates activities, including education and awareness building efforts.