Presbyterian Support Central

Caring. Enabling. Supporting.

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

Presbyterian Support Central (PSC) has a long history of making a real, positive difference in people’s lives.

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.

PSC services today

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.

Visit the Family Works Central website.

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.

Visit the Enliven Central website.

Key dates in our history

  • 1909: the organisation, then known as the Wellington Presbyterian Orphanage and Social Services Trust Board, was started by Rev. Dr. James Gibb.
  • 1938: Presbyterian Support Central was incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957
  • 1951: PSC opened its first home for the elderly in Island Bay, Wellington.
  • 1976: the Wellington Counselling Centre was opened.
  • 1977: Abingdon Village in Whanganui was opened as ‘sheltered housing for the elderly’.
  • 1983: The National Council of Presbyterian Support Services was formed to provide a cooperative forum for the seven autonomous regions – Northern, Central, East Coast, Upper South Island, South Canterbury, Otago and Southland.
  • 1989: the last of Presbyterian Support Central’s children’s homes were closed.
  • 2007: services for children and families began being delivered under the Family Works name
  • 2008: services for the elderly were renamed Enliven.
  • 2017: Presbyterian Support (Enliven) is named New Zealand’s Most Trusted in Aged Care and Retirement

The Presbyterian Support family today

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.

Our logo

Presbyterian Support CentralThe 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.