Platform Trust supports a network of organisations that believe a modern mental health system requires strong community-based supports for people with mental illness and addictions. We encourage sector collaboration and provide a contact point for nationwide feedback on issues relating to mental health and addiction community organisations.
Platform was formerly known as Homes, which was formed in 1990. The original group of seven providers of residential mental health services came together following a conference and agreed that there were issues they would like to explore together. The work of HOMES was undertaken by the elected national executive committee members and an executive officer based in Auckland.
The change of name to Platform in 2001 was based on feedback from the membership and this focus reflects the increasing involvement of non government organisations (NGOs) in the development and delivery of diverse community based mental health services across New Zealand.
A flourishing, innovative, well connected community based mental health and addictions service sector that makes a difference in the lives of individuals and communities.
Platform’s work is driven by the belief that:
The Deed of Charitable Trust was ratified at the Platform AGM which was held in Wellington on 2 October 2007. Platform Charitable Trust came into effect as of 1 July 2008.
Platform is grateful for grants received from the New Zealand Lotteries Grants Board which contribute to telephone costs, domestic travel, printing and stationery and regional networking.
The confidence of these funders has helped us support the work of Platform members.