Bringing Southland together for a special Christmas

While Christmas for many people is a time of joy, happiness, being with family, eating plenty of good food, and celebrating, for others it is a time of stress, loneliness, or struggle.

Posted: Thursday April 8, 2021

Health and Safety specialist brings her expertise to PSS

Janine Cruickshank is no stranger to working in health and safety, but while it is a familiar path, her new role at Presbyterian Support Southland (PSS) is one she is relishing.

Posted: Thursday April 8, 2021

Foster Parents are one of a kind

Heather and Pita Petelo became foster parents for Family Works in September 2016 and haven't looked back since.

Posted: Monday March 1, 2021

Fostering a lifetime of friendship

Kelsi* and I were matched in 2009 in the Buddy Programme. We never lost touch after the Buddy Programme and still stay in close contact to this day. I could write a book on the different things we did.

Posted: Wednesday November 4, 2020

A courageous journey

Erika* has five children with ages varying from newborn to 9 years old. Erika’s family had Oranga Tamariki involvement due to care and protection concerns for the four eldest children and the spotlight was on Erika and her partner for the birth of their fifth child.

Posted: Wednesday November 4, 2020

Anonymous Donors' kindness lends Struggling Southland Families a Helping Hand

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor’s gift to PSS’ Family Works, four Southland families doing it tough during Lockdown were given a much-needed helping hand up.

Posted: Monday August 10, 2020

Gratitude Corner - Invercargill Toy Library

This month we would like to extend our gratitude to the Invercargill Toy Library.

Posted: Monday August 10, 2020

Maranga mai Murihiku

Maranga mai Murihiku previously known as the Te Whare Tu Te Whare Ora is an annual local Iwi led event that was held on the 23rd of February at the ILT Stadium Southland. This community event aims to support suicide prevention through connecting with others and building relationships through activities...

Posted: Thursday March 26, 2020

Christmas Spirit Alive and Well in the South

For many of us Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It is the season of good food, gifts, goodwill and quality time shared with family and friends. But for some Southland families, the festive season heralds in overwhelming busyness, added financial pressure, estrangement or loneliness and sometimes,...

Posted: Thursday March 26, 2020

Serendipity heralds selection of new Chief Executive

Presbyterian Support Southland (PSS) board members and staff have recently welcomed new Chief Executive, Michael Parker to the fold.

Posted: Wednesday March 25, 2020

Gratitude Corner

We would like to give our gratitude to local lad, Willie Peddie.

Posted: Thursday December 19, 2019

Making Hearts Smile

Adversity is no stranger to Katrina Taplin but it’s ignited in her a zealous love of life and a deep desire to give.

Posted: Wednesday December 11, 2019

Celebratory Tukutuku Panel Unveiled

A special Tukutuku panel has been created by Presbyterian Support Southland (PSS) staff to mark the organisation’s 100th year milestone.

Posted: Wednesday December 11, 2019

Shared Testament Shines Light on Family Violence

Presbyterian Support Southland (PSS) recently partnered up with * PresCare NZ and Invercargill’s First Presbyterian Church to host it’s first-ever White Ribbon event aimed at raising awareness of, and encouraging community-based action to end, family violence.

Posted: Tuesday December 10, 2019

Helping you be the best parent you can be

Running in Southland since 2007, Family Start is a home visiting programme run by Presbyterian Support Southland's service arm Family Works Southland, in Invercargill, Mataura, Gore, Te Anau and Manapouri.

Posted: Monday November 25, 2019

Celebrating 20-Years of the Family Works Buddy Programme

We were proud to celebrate over twenty years of the Family Works Buddy Programme in 2018 by having a special evening of celebrations with more than sixty people from the Presbyterian Support Southland Trust board members to past and present Big and Little Buddies.

Posted: Thursday November 14, 2019

Family Works Together to Build a Bike

Earlier this year, Family Works were approached by Doug Kamo, Managing Director of a corporate team building company called DKCM, to take part in a charity “Build a Bike” event with Foodstuffs South Island. This opportunity allowed seventeen excited children aged between 7-12 years to take part in team building activities.

Posted: Thursday August 29, 2019

Times and Tales of Allison Home

“No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.” Robert Southey

Posted: Tuesday August 13, 2019

Generosity Highlights the South's Christmas Spirit

The generosity of the Southland community has once again amazed Family Works staff, with a huge number of donations helping to make Christmas a little brighter for hundreds of Southland families.

Posted: Wednesday April 3, 2019

Enliven Proud to Back Southern Steel

Enliven and its staff and residents will be right behind the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel this season, as the team seeks a third consecutive national netball title.

Posted: Friday February 22, 2019