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the best place to raise children
in flourishing families

The SWiS difference

SWiSEight year-old Izzy Wyatt* was struggling at school. She, and her siblings, often arrived hungry and scruffy.

Izzy wasn’t disruptive; in fact she spent most days hiding away from the other students. Her teacher knew something was wrong and turned to Social Workers in Schools to help.

Since early 2013, Family Works social workers have been working at Porirua and Wellington schools as part of the Ministry of Social Development’s Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) programme. The programme sees trained social workers supporting students, their families and teachers when difficulties arise. For the Wyatt family, it was this support that turned their lives around.

The family was new to the area and living with extended family in a tiny, overcrowded flat. Six adults and nine children had been sharing the space for more than a year; their health was affected; everyone was having difficulty sleeping and tensions were high.

Thanks to SWIS, the Wyatt family says life is different. The family is now receiving the appropriate benefit entitlements and they’ve even found their own house. Izzy’s mum has completed a budgeting course and her confidence is growing. But best of all Izzy and her siblings are happier, healthier and they’re thriving at school.

Family Works Central’s SWiS workers are available for students in years 1 to 8 at the following Porirua, Titahi Bay and Wellington schools:

  • Ngatitoa School
  • Titahi Bay Intermediate
  • Porirua School
  • Porirua East School
  • Rangikura School
  • Titahi Bay School
  • Titahi Bay North
  • Maraeroa School
  • Te Kura Maori o Porirua
  • Bishop Viard College (Years 7 and 8 only)
  • Holy Family
  • Wellington Seventh Day Adventists
  • Kahurangi School (Strathmore)

This is a free service. For more information email or call us on 04 439 4900.

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