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Volunteer Special: A win-win situation

When early-childhood teacher Gayle Thornton began volunteering with *Enliven SupportLink Wakatipu three years ago, she had no idea it would lead to an about-turn career change which would see her working with people from the opposite end of the age spectrum.

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

From the War Cries of Croatia to Peace at Peacehaven Village: Linda Soper's ‘odd’ life

Medical guinea pig, political activist, gang-prospects’ street mother, military purveyor, interpreter and evidence-gatherer for ‘The-Hague’ – Most people would say Linda Soper has led a colourful life.

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

SupportLink volunteer Dean finds his purpose

Like all of our services, we rely heavily on the support and hard work of our amazing volunteers. Every year we see new people join us to help all of our residents and clients, each one with their own incredible stories.

Posted: Thursday November 14, 2019

Two in a row for Southland rest home

Walmsley House rest home in Invercargill has officially exceeded the aged care sector’s highest quality standards, for the second time running.

Posted: Tuesday October 29, 2019

Enliven nurses receive significant pay increases

Around 40 residential aged-care nurses employed by Presbyterian Support Southland Enliven are delighted to have received significant pay increases, affording them parity with their DHB counterparts.

Posted: Monday September 2, 2019

Volunteer Special: Tai Chi with Sharon Shond

Walmsley House Tai Chi instructor Sharon Shond leads a weekly class for our aged care residents, helping them to get active no matter what their ability.

Posted: Friday August 30, 2019

Exploring our Centenary book

Spanning 100 years from 1919 to 2019, our recently launched centenary book features stories and images which tell the history of Presbyterian Support Southland creating something that people could have to look back on. A lot of the families we support have been receiving support from PSS for a number...

Posted: Thursday August 29, 2019

Enliven gets behind Centennial celebrations

This July, some of our Enliven homes helped us kick off our centenary celebrations in style. Staff and residents joined together to host events that showed the true community spirit that we pride ourselves on, here at Presbyterian Support Southland.

Posted: Thursday August 29, 2019

Meet our Enliven Site Managers

Over the past few months at Enliven Southland we have welcomed new management to each site. We have welcomed Rachel Linton-Mapp as Manager of Vickery Court, Jenifer de Jesus as Manager of Walmsley House, Carol Riddle as Manager of Peachaven, Donna McEntyre as Manager of Resthaven and Karl Lamb as...

Posted: Thursday August 29, 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

Revolutionary Pain App Trialed at Peacehaven Village

You could be forgiven for thinking Artificial Intelligence (AI) might be something beamed straight out of the latest Star Wars movie or broadcast live in last night’s 6 O’clock News headlines. But in a New Zealand first, Invercargill’s very own leading aged-care facility, Peacehaven Village, is trialling a smart phone...

Posted: Sunday August 25, 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

New Board Members Bring Vast Experience

PSS has welcomed several Board Members over the past few months, each bringing with them invaluable experience.

Posted: Wednesday April 3, 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

Top of the Class

Vickery Court care worker Anna Oosthuizen may be only beginning her nursing career, but if she continues as she has started, her future will be bright.

Posted: Wednesday April 3, 2019

Volunteering opens new doors

Volunteering with Enliven's community service 'SupportLink' in Wakatipu has opened new doors for Sergio Pivetta, who is now taking steps to pursue a career in aged care.

Posted: Sunday March 10, 2019

Peacehaven to Celebrate 65th Anniversary

One of Invercargill’s largest and best known aged care homes will celebrate its 65th birthday on February 23 and 24, with two special events set to mark the milestone.

Posted: Sunday February 24, 2019