Presbyterian Support Central

Caring. Enabling. Supporting.

We provide social services 
that support and empower
people and communities
to flourish

About Presbyterian Support Central

Presbyterian Support Central has a long history of making a real, positive difference in people’s lives. In fact, we’ve been walking alongside people, regardless of age, background or religious belief, for more than 100 years! Every year we support thousands of people to flourish.

Through our Family Works services we support children, young people, adults, parents, families and whānau to make positive changes in their lives, using the strengths and resources they already have. Visit the Family Works Central website to find out more.

Through our Enliven services we provide a full range of services that support people to maintain their independence and live fulfilling lives. This includes in-home support, as well as retirement villages and rest home, hospital and dementia care for older New Zealanders. Visit the Enliven Central website to find out more.

Our services are offered in Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu, Horowhenua, Wairarapa and throughout the Greater Wellington region.

Presbyterian Support Central’s story

Our story started in 1909 when Reverend Dr. James Gibb, Minister of St John’s Presbyterian Church in Wellington, initiated a project to care for orphaned and destitute children. This was at a time when a basic social welfare system was not in place in New Zealand. It was a time when care for older people was minimal. Presbyterian Support moved to meet the need.

Today, we are one of seven regional not-for-profit Presbyterian Support organisations, incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957. We operate separately from the church, but our name is a celebration of our beginnings, our heritage and the values we share.

We receive government funding for many of our services and programmes; but unfortunately this does not cover all our costs. Therefore we rely heavily on the wider community for financial and other forms of support. Find out how you can help us, and help others in need.

Presbyterian Support Central’s purpose

Presbyterian Support Central’s purpose is to grow and strengthen lives. We do this by providing social services that effectively meet the needs of those we serve.

At Presbyterian Support Central we:

  • have respect for all people
  • have compassion for those in need
  • put clients’ needs before our own
  • meet our client’s spiritual, physical and social needs
  • have passion for our purpose
  • have humility in our actions
  • are professional and honest
  • have integrity
  • strive to continuously improve.

Download our purpose statement poster to find out more about our purpose, mission, values and goals.