News

Big and Little Buddies Both Benefit

Mataura woman Maree Gorman is making the most of early retirement and opting to give back to her community as a volunteer for the Buddy Programme.

Posted: Saturday January 20, 2018

Lighting up Christmas for Southland Kids

Presbyterian Support Southland (PSS) has been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public, who have donated hundreds of items to give to Southland children this Christmas.

Posted: Wednesday December 20, 2017

Dining In on Christmas Spirit

Dozens of Southland families will have a special Christmas, thanks to the support of generous Southland businesses and individuals.

Posted: Tuesday December 19, 2017

Buddies Positive for Each Other

Dorothy* is a grandmother who lives alone.Sam* is a 9-year-old boy.While the pair are an unlikely duo, through the Buddy Programme, coordinated by Family Works, the two have formed a powerful alliance.

Posted: Tuesday November 28, 2017

Family Works Officially Friendly

Family Works has been awarded the Friendly Brand in recognition of the agencys commitment to Southland families and creating an environment they can feel safe in.

Posted: Monday November 20, 2017

Family Start now in Gore and Mataura

The introduction of the Family Start programme to Gore and Mataura is set to provide invaluable support for families in need.

Posted: Tuesday October 3, 2017

Face Your Future Event Inspires Invercargill Teen

Invercargill teen Darcy McMurdo has returned from the LOreal Face Your Future event more motivated than ever.

Posted: Wednesday August 16, 2017

Funding Boost Secured

Local funders have continued their support of Presbyterian Support Southland, and its come with a funding increase from the ILT and ILT Foundation.

Posted: Wednesday April 26, 2017

Foster Care Awareness Week

As we look to mark Foster Care Awareness Week, Family Works is still facing huge demand for foster families to open their homes to children and young people.

Posted: Sunday March 5, 2017

Family Start Programme Expanding

Help for families in need is now accessible in more parts of Southland than ever before, through the Family Start programme.

Posted: Tuesday February 28, 2017

Free app for parents proves hugely valuable

The free Baby&You App is full of relevant information for new or young parents.

Posted: Tuesday February 14, 2017

H&J Smith Supporting Families at Christmas

More than 140 Invercargill children will be unwrapping special gifts on Christmas Day, thanks to the generosity of H&J Smith shoppers and the store itself.

Posted: Thursday December 22, 2016

Community generosity supports Southland families at Christmas

Fifty Christmas food parcels will be heading out of the Family Works door this week on the December 22, and delivered into the homes of Southland families.

Posted: Monday December 19, 2016

A Decade as a Big Buddy

Big Buddies have been acknowledged for their ongoing and lengthy commitment to the Buddy Programme.

Posted: Tuesday October 11, 2016

Commendation for Family Works Volunteers

The hard work and effort of Family Works volunteers has been recognised with a Commendation at the Trustpower Invercargill/Southland Community Awards.

Posted: Thursday October 6, 2016

Buddy Programme on Tour

Big and Little Buddies from the Invercargill Buddy Programme enjoyed a day in the Catlins as their mid-winter function, complete with tour commentary, museum visits and a chance to make a splash in the rock pools.

Posted: Saturday August 6, 2016

Family Disputes Resolution Mediation Service Having Positive Results

More than 60 referrals have been received for the Family Dispute Resolution Mediation Service since its introduction to Southland last year, and Family Works say there is room to support many more people through the initiative.

Posted: Saturday August 6, 2016

Foster Parents Celebrated

Family Works and Child, Youth and Family joined together to mark Foster Care Awareness Week, saying thank you to Southland foster parents.

Posted: Friday March 18, 2016

Small Steps Lead to Big Change

In two short years a Family Works client has turned her life around. Now she is working to becomeas a Social Worker to help others in a similar position.

Posted: Wednesday March 16, 2016