Volunteer coaches unite to support you in Covidtimes

"Things were going ok until the world ended, so that’s been fun"
- a client

Three sessions for $97 *

All profits to charity

We are a volunteer coach referral service sponsored by Soft Skills and PerformanceHQ in NZ and UBalancer Solutions in AU. Our amazing volunteer coaches will provide three coaching sessions to help you through uncertain times.

Who It's For

If you're like many of us, struggling with seeing a way forward in these uncertain times, anxious or overwhelmed and trying to figure out how to respond, coaching might be for you.

You might want:

  • Help to explore opportunities in the chaos

  • A completely confidential sounding board

  • Someone to hold you accountable to your goals

  • Help with career transition

  • Help with financial planning

  • Support dealing with lockdown

  • To support someone affected or working hard

  • To figure out how to stay relevant

We have a soft preference toward and high concern for health sector workers and those affected by layoffs, but the service is open to anyone that isn't waiting it out on a luxury yacht.

Who It's Not For

Coaching is not counselling or psychotherapy. We cannot treat chronic anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issue. Nor are we grief or loss counsellors. That said, provided you are receiving adequate support in areas outside our expertise, we may still be able to help. You might also consider:

  • Employee Assistance (EAP)

  • Healthline – 0800 611 116 (same in NZ and AUS)

  • Government COVID-19 Helpline
    NZ0800 779 997
    AUS – 1800 020 080

  • Lifeline
    NZ – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or text 4357 (HELP)
    AUS – 13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 44

  • Suicide Crisis Helpline NZ only – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

  • Depression.Org NZ only

  • Beyond Blue AUS only – 1300 22 4636

How It Works - Two Easy Steps

1. Book And Pay Referral Fee

Check out our generous coaches below and make a note of some you think you might like to work with, then click the Book Now link and you'll be taken to a bookings page.

Choose your coach, timezone and meeting time (or choose 'first available'). Confirm and pay the referral fee. Or you can Check Availability of one of our coaches directly below.

You'll receive a confirmation email and an invitation with details to join a Zoom meeting at your scheduled time. Your coach will also receive the invite.

2. Contract With Your Coach

Before or around your first session, your coach will send you a contract. This is between you and your coach and doesn't involve Outbreak Coaches or any of the sponsor organisations. They won't charge for the first three sessions (which in many cases is enough), and you're free to negotiate more sessions or extend the coaching without referring back to us.

Your confirmation email includes a link that allows you to book your subsequent sessions.

Our Generous Coaches

We're choosy about our coaches. They:

  • Are experienced, credentialed and highly trained

  • Have personal experience with life's trials and tribulations

  • Are operating or have operated a professional coaching businesses

  • Are well briefed on COVID-19 current affairs

  • Are personally known to us and respected as a coach, or

  • Have come to us via a highly credible referral

Three one-hour sessions
NZ$97 *

* Only once per person. Profits to Mental Health Foundation in NZ and B1G1 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in AUS

Belinda Thomas

Coach | Founder | Great fun on a car trip

You need clarity, calm and a plan. Stress and overwhelm are everywhere.

You can talk, and I’ll listen. This is a tough time, no doubt. Let's take a load off and breathe and together we can explore what’s possible. I’ve been through some shit storms, and survived. Let's make sure that you do, too.

Too woo? I can also kick ass and eat stress for breakfast. We can do either - you pick.

Company: Performance HQ (NZ)

Alison Lalieu

Alison is an experienced Executive Coach with a passion for emotional intelligence (EQ) and brave leadership through change. Her passion is to ignite courage and curiosity for a kinder, more connected world and through her recent authoring of a new global EQ report, the SEI LTC, she has travelled widely and supported many people/teams and organizations to grow the skills they need to be change ready, and resilient through times of uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure. Alison leads a network of consultant coaches at UBalancer who are dedicated to leaving the world a better place than they found it through providing inspired, transformational coaching experiences.

Company: UBalancer Solutions (AUS)

Karen Muggleton

Karen specialises in helping people and businesses navigate well through change. A highly regarded HR, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Neuroleadership (NL), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Career Transition Coach, Karen supports people to be more empowered, productive and purposeful, so they can sustain through whatever comes their way.

The recipient of a Carer’s Award from Diabetes Australia, and graduate of the School of Hard Knocks, Karen also provides pro-bono coaching to Domestic Violence Service Management.

Company: People Alignment (AUS)

Cass Russell

Faster than the speed of light. Productivity expert. Champion finisher.

Cass is enthusiastic, caring, energetic and reliable and will provide joyful accountability and proven strategies for being more productive and working remotely. She is an experienced consultant, coach, facilitator and leader who knows how to get results with a fantastic sense of humour to make it fun.

Company: UBalancer Solutions (AUS)

Sean Whitaker

With over 25 years of global management consulting experience and a passion for well-being Sean is a coach for anyone interested in making changes, whether personal or professional. He is driven by a life long love of learning and a curiosity about what’s possible for individuals wanting to make lasting changes and really take control of their lives, careers, health and well-being. Using proven coaching techniques that deliver real tangible results, Sean loves working with people to uncover, rediscover and fully step into their best life.

Company: Aalinian (NZ)

Maureen Owen

MDOT – PCC - Transformational Coach

Creating space for new possibilities

Maureen supports leaders to navigate at the edge and to use the challenges they face as catalysts for growth. She believes that we always have a choice about how we respond and how we turn up in the world no matter what circumstance we find ourselves in. She is devoted to supporting people to bring the best of themselves forth to lead, create and sustain new ways of being as they respond to the current and unprecedented challenges.

Maureen has over 25 years’ experience working with human and organisational dynamics as a successful coach, consultant, change agent and senior manager. She is dedicated to creating spaces for people to connect, navigate and grow. Spaces where leaders can bring themselves, their gifts, their potential and their humanity forward in service to others and the world.

Company: Owen Consulting Services (AUS)

Jo Fisher

As a former Chief of Staff at a New York Advertising Agency, Jo has personally experienced the challenges that come from moving into a leadership role and the variety of issues that come up in high level, high-pressure roles. It was in this role of growing a strong team from diverse backgrounds that she realised that although the challenges that came up for everyone were similar, there needed to be an individual process for each person to perform at their best. This realisation led Jo to become an accredited coach with the NeuroLeadership Institute back in 2010. Over the past decade, she has worked and collaborated with all types of companies, teams, and individuals always with the same focus to help people perform at their best and to thrive in their roles.

Company: Pop with Jo (AUS)

Barbara Anderson

Master Certified Coach (International Coach Federation) with 20 years coaching experience.

Barbara will partner with you to assist you to understand your current feelings and thinking and to create awareness so you can see a positive way forward in these uncertain times. Barbara is masterful in her presence, listening and questioning skills. She has a very personal, supportive and practical approach, and will boldly challenge you as required for you to overcome any challenges and enable you to reach your full potential.

Company: Shire Coaching & Training (AUS)

Owen Woollaston

Coach | Founder | Geek

Your calm rock in a sea of uncertainty and chaos.

9/11 - stuck overseas. SARS - we were all at risk. Earthquakes - seven years of insurance bullshit. And raising a family in the midst of it all. Stress, anxiety, overwhelm - I get it. And now this. Wouldn't it be great if we could push pause for a bit? It turns out we can.

Together we’ll catch breath, step back and explore the possibilities and make a plan for learning and thriving, even now. It’ll be challenging for sure - we won’t leave rocks unturned - but it’ll also be uplifting and fun. You’ll be calmer and much clearer on what matters and what to do next.

Company: Soft Skills (NZ)

Jane Coach

Five more amazing coaches have said "Yes!" and are coming soon (like our Jane here)