Caring. Enabling. Supporting.
We provide social services
that support and empower
people and communities
Presbyterian Support Central has been supporting people, regardless of age, background or religious belief, for more than 100 years.
The PSC 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.
Caring for orphaned and neglected children remained the principle work of the organisation until the early 1950s, when the emphasis shirted to care of the elderly. Today, PSC offers a broad mix of services and support to people of all ages.
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. Services include social work, counselling, group support programmes, parenting advice and education, dispute resolution and restorative practice.
Through our Enliven services we provide a full range of services that support older people to maintain their independence and live fulfilling lives. This includes independent retirement living, rest home, hospital and dementia care, as well as day programmes, short-term respite and health recovery care and other health support services, such as modified tai chi and continence products.
Presbyterian Support Central is part of a family of seven regional organisations under the Presbyterian Support New Zealand banner.
Together we are one of the largest social service providers in New Zealand, offering a uniquely broad range of services through our work with older people, people living with disabilities, vulnerable families, children and young people.
Presbyterian Support New Zealand (PSNZ) provides a national presence for the service delivery work of the seven regional Presbyterian Support organisations. The PSNZ National Council includes the Board Chair and Chief Executive from each regional organisation, as well as the National Executive Officer.
Visit the PSNZ website for more information.
The Presbyterian Support logo is based on a stylised S for support. But the logo is not just about our organisation – it’s symbolic of our interaction with, commitment to, and integration in the community. The flowing design shows activity and life. It reflects our openness, availability and interactions.
The white bands represent the community, while the blue represents Presbyterian Support. The solid blue base depicts our services with the blue bands becoming thinner towards the top reflective of people’s dependency on our services reducing over time. It’s about people entering our services, being helped up, growing, developing and moving back out into the community.