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Poū Tohu Tohu Ahurea Māori appointed to Presbyterian Support Southland

Presbyterian Support Southland (PSS) has welcomed full-time Poū Tohu Tohu Ahurea Māori - Cultural Advisor Michelle Ryland into the role, marking a new step in the charitable trust’s cultural journey.

Posted: Monday November 28, 2022

New outdoor space enhances dementia residents' well-being

Staff and residents are set to benefit from Peacehaven's dementia unit's new outdoor area in more ways than one.

Posted: Monday November 28, 2022

Taking a stand against violence towards women

Presbyterian Support Southland (PSS) has put a stake in the ground, taking a stand against violence towards woman.

Posted: Monday November 28, 2022

Let's make Christmas special for Southland children in need this festive season

Our annual Family Works Christmas Gift Appeal has kicked off.

Posted: Thursday November 17, 2022

Sam's Malayan holiday

Sam Harvey was just 21 when he and his mates decided to join the army to help the New Zealand effort in the Malayan Emergency.

Posted: Friday April 23, 2021

Residents having a ball with the Southern Steel

Our Peacehaven and Resthaven village residents had a fantastic time in March playing some Walking Netball with the Southern Steel.

Posted: Thursday April 8, 2021

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

Resident Focus: Shelia Baytopp - A life in review

When Sheila Baytopp talks about dance her eyes glaze over, and a dreamy, far away expression crosses her face. It’s an expression of love, of passion, of times gone by, but times that are remembered with fondness.

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

Paving the way for Aged Care at Enliven

New Enliven Director Carol Riddle is passionate about her job. It is clear in the way she speaks about the people she works with, the residents in the care homes, and the experiences she has had, not only in this position, but in the many others she has held within...

Posted: Tuesday December 22, 2020

The next chaper for a much-loved member of our PSS Enliven community

When Lynn Morton joined the Presbyterian Support team in 2004, little did she know how wide and varied her involvement would become.

Posted: Tuesday December 22, 2020

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

Change of address, not lifestyle

When Murray Ramage wakes up each morning he often has an idea for a new project in his head. The Walmsley House resident is a whizz with timber and spends as many hours as he can each day working on projects in the garden of the care home.

Posted: Wednesday November 4, 2020

Peacehaven staff take Covid Pandemic head on

As the whole of New Zealand battened down the hatches in lockdown, PSS’ Enliven Peacehaven Village staff took the Coronavirus pandemic head on - offering up ingenious services and cooking up a storm to alleviate the impact of restrictive protocols and boost the spirits and welfare of its elderly residents.

Posted: Monday August 10, 2020

In Remembrance - Alan Matheson

It is with great sadness we write to inform you that Rev Alan Matheson passed away at Vickery Court on Wednesday the 22nd of July 2020 aged 83, 4 weeks after the sad loss of his wife Annette.

Posted: Monday August 10, 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

COVID Pandemic puts Retirement Plans on hold

There is no doubt the Coronavirus pandemic has put many New Zealander’s best-laid plans on hold – a case in point being intending-retiree Elaine Wells’ plan to spend quality time with her grandchildren, before master Tom was to join big sister Livie in his school debut.

Posted: Monday August 10, 2020

Specialist Dementia Care closer to home

PSS Enliven Peacehaven Village has opened ten previously-decommissioned beds in its refurbished secure dementia wing, Iona - effectively doubling its highest-level dementia care capacity and giving more Southlander’s living with the progressive condition opportunity to reside and access specialist care closer to home.

Posted: Monday August 10, 2020