Welcome to Evolve Peer Support Trust.

With the increasing stresses of daily life and the pressures faced by people living with depression and anxiety, there was an increase in demand for a safe and inclusive place where people could feel supported and have the opportunity to grow.

And so Evolve Peer Support Trust started on June 24th 2014.


Evolve Peer Support Trust is a mindfulness-based peer run Charitable Trust with a focus on people with anxiety and/or depression to improve their quality of life and mental well being.


We provide several services:

Evolve Peer Support Groups
Evolve peer-led programmes

Evolve Peer Support Trust is run by people who are on their own journey with Depression and/or Anxiety. We may not walk your path but ours is very similar, so with compassion and respect, We will walk this journey together while reducing the footprints of depression or anxiety in your life at the same time reclaiming your quality of life.

Our mission is to provide a place where the energy of depression and anxiety is disempowered and our humanity is rediscovered and reclaimed within an atmosphere of acceptance and unity. A place where we learn from each other and grow with each other.

We are a non-clinical, strength-based, recovery-focused Charitable Trust. We understand that we all are experts in our own journey. At Evolve we believe that there is strength in numbers. That the atmosphere of acceptance and connectedness creates an energy that seeks to teach, uplift and instill hope and guidance. We achieve this through non-judgmental self-discovery and awareness.

All the facilitators have their own journey with mental well being and gently guide the group through the sessions with sensitivity and compassion.

Evolve is about encompassing the humanity of our journey and rediscovers the part of us that enables us and evolves us to live full and confident lives.

At Evolve we follow the Te Whare Tapa Wha Maori health model:

Taha tinana (physical health)
Taha wairua (spiritual health)
Taha hinengaro (mental health)
Taha whānau (family health)

Within these dimensions of health, Evolve provides a holistic model of practice and an inclusive wrap-around service to provide you with the skills and structure to be able to work within your own life.


Our Strategic Plan

We will:

Provide an environment where people with anxiety and/or depression can connect to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

We are:

Connected                     Adaptable                        Accessible                       Inclusive                   Compassionate   


Inclusion and Access

We value diversity and foster inclusion for all through:

  • Peer support

  • One to one coaching

  • Safe and accessible space

  • Holistic approach

  • Respect

  • Community

We create change on an individual and societal level through:

  • Increasing awareness

  • Decreasing stigma

  • Community engagement

  • Building relationships

  • Cultural inclusivity


We achieve sustainability and operational excellence through:

  • Financial excellence

  • Future proofing

  • Preparation for growth

  • Recruitment and training

  • Qualitative outcomes


We adapt to changing needs through:

  • Current research and best practice

  • Individual needs

  • Cultural responsiveness

  • Societal needs

  • Relevant resourcing