Careif was founded by Prof Kamaldeep Bhui and Dr Albert Persaud in partnership with the University of Auckland in 2001.
Currently, nearly all staff give their time as volunteers. (Our only paid member of staff at present is the charity administration manager). At present, we have three patrons, who are recognised internationally and nationally for their work and contribution to humanities, reconciliation, justice, sport and young people.
Our governance structure includes a board of trustees, a board of directors and a management team. We plan to expand additional contribution from people who may be patrons, international fellows, volunteers or advisors.
I volunteered last year to help Careif involve young people in the 3rd World Congress of Cultural Psychiatry, it was a huge learning experience for everyone involved and gave young people a real opportunity to share their perspectives on well-being and participation in services.
We are operating at a time of tough challenges, health, economics, environment and emotional strength, but at the very least we can all give a bit of time to make a difference. I am really excited about the opportunities for bringing young people, communities and professionals together on an international level, bring new ideas and being at the helm of a new phase of Careif’
Michelle Younger - Chair
Patrons are individuals who hold international acclaim and status in the areas of humanities, fairness, justice, reconciliation and sport and young people.
Our patrons are:
The role of the trustee is to provide oversight to guide the development of careif. This will also include the promotion and participation in careif activities.
Our trustees are:
Board of Directors:
careif advisors provide expertise and advice for a particular country, region, topic or issue. Advisors are also responsible for promoting careif in their respective sphere and topic to ensure that collaboration, endorsement and association achieve maximum impact.
Our Advisors are:
careif volunteers are individuals who have ambition and aptitude for self development and personal ambition to be involved in a local, national and international initiative. The individual will propose a programme of work, and will work alongside a fellow, director, trustee or international advisor on a project or an innovation depending on expertise and skills.