Richard has a long history working with male survivors, having been one of the founding trustees of New Zealand’s first peer support service for male survivors of sexual abuse in the early 1990s. He joined the Wellington group in 2014, first as a client, then as a Board member, and he has been employed by the Mosaic since 2015.
As a survivor of abuse, Richard is passionate about supporting other men to work through the challenges that often accompany abuse. Richard is a firm believer in the power of peer support, and is dedicated to developing the peer support model.
Richard grew up all over New Zealand, travelling with his family as his father worked at Country Schools. He has worked in a number of successful community organisations, as well as corporate roles in IT and project management. Richard has extensive governance experience, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2018.
Rob McGregor - Peer Support Worker
After two and half decades working my own para-medical clinic managing complex injuries to the lower limb I lost that career due to personal injury.
It meant a few years walking a personal wilderness trying to figure out what life was, and also gave me time to process some abuse events I experienced as a child and young person. Did that really happen? What do I call that? What does the Law call that? And the questions went on and on...
Now I have names for all that stuff and the accurate interpretations. Now I know how to park those ideas and experiences, and it has freed me enormously to engage in life in a much more meaningful manner.
I first linked up with MOSAIC in August 2017, and in May 2018 joined the staff as a Peer Support worker. My previous counselling and peer support work had all been as a volunteer.
I worked with refugees from Vietnam (1988), a short period with St Stephan's Society in Hong Kong working with drug addicts (1988), community-based counselling and counsellor training with Elijah House (2007-2010), and co-facilitated training programmes with Jubilee Resources nationally and in the Caribbean (2010-2015). I am currently formalising my counselling experience into a Bachelor of Counselling degree.
Most of my work is with men, and my interests are in counselling and managing trauma, abuse, suicide and grief. I have worked with couples, one-to-one and group-oriented peer support work.
Tayla Grant - Marketing Manager
I am the marketing manager for MOSAIC. My position enables me to directly engage with the public to drive awareness, growth, and expansion. Additionally, I am aiming to increase awareness within our academia institutions, healthcare, and support services to enable widespread support for survivors.
Hopefully, this will drive more survivors to seek our services and inspire others to reach out for help.
When I was seeking marketing positions I was looking for an organisation actioning an important change. New Zealand society is heavily blindsided by the injustices which are faced universally due to gender, age, or ethnicity bias.
I wanted to be directly involved in an organisation which identifies that a necessary change is required to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of citizens within our society. MOSAIC is at the forefront of identifying and generating change on a severe issue which is prevalent throughout New Zealand and the world.
I am passionate about assisting in the development and growth of MOSAIC. Through my position, I am broadening and diversifying my skillset and knowledge which is essential for my future career opportunities.
My work for MOSAIC was shaped through the degree which I am currently undertaking at Victoria University of Wellington. I am doing a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and Commercial Law which I hope to complete this year! Aside from my work with MOSAIC and studies, I thoroughly enjoy fashion and contributing to protection our precious environment.
This year, I have factored out fast fashion to ensure I am not sponsoring unethical brands or companies. This has driven my love of creating and designing my own items of clothing using second-hand materials.
Crystal Lancaster - Graphic Designer
Why: I have always been passionate about the importance of empathy and support no matter if it's a hill or a mountain.
Role: I make graphics and support working together. Hobbies: Huge Harry Potter Nerd above all things. I like art, trees and Hermionie's Infinite Purse.
Career Goals: To be paid for my art that I make in my office/conservatory, but realistically, just to get paid in general.
An Army of Dedicated Volunteers!
Being a charity that is all about Peer Support, we couldn't thrive without the army of volunteers who are passionate about the work we we do. We love every single one of them.
2018 is going to be a year where we break significant new ground in helping Kiwi males recover from sexual abuse, and our volunteer team are vital in making that happen.