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Posted on the: 5th October, 2017

WW1 veteran’s medal returned to Levin

Enliven’s Levin Home for War Veterans will honour former resident John Dalrymple by displaying his Victory medal in the home’s Veteran’s Lounge for visitors to admire.

John, a Rifleman Private in the Canterbury Regiment during World War I and a drover, lived at Levin Home for War Veterans for around four years before he died in 1961.

Australian Margaret Harris discovered his medal among her late aunt’s possessions and contacted the home after learning John had never married and had no descendants.

Manager Jenny Hodgen says the home was delighted to be able to offer the medal a permanent home.

“We’re really passionate about Levin Home for War Veteran’s proud reputation for caring for returned servicemen and servicewomen. These men and women have made such vital and important contributions to New Zealand and it’s wonderful to be able to help highlight that.

“As one of our former residents, John is part of the Levin Home family and we’re so pleased to be able to care for his medal and his memory,” she says.

Jenny notes that the home remains actively engaged with the service community, enjoying contact with Linton Military Camp, the Horowhenua College Services Academy and the TS Tutira Sea Cadets.

The home’s ANZAC Day celebrations are also well-attended by the local community.

“It’s the most important day in our calendar,” says Jenny.

Levin Home administrator Vicky Prouting, who met with Margaret while holidaying in Australia to escort the medal to Levin, says she’s pleased to see the home’s past residents continuing to be honoured.

“It’s been a privilege getting to know John through his war medal. He led such an active life!

“I’m proud to have played a small part in his history bringing the medal back to Levin.”

John’s military service took him half way across the world to Egypt, France and England. As a member of the C Company of the 3rd Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, he would have taken part in the Battle of Passchendaele in which his Battalion suffered 400 casualties, including 126 men who were killed in action.

The Victory medal now housed at Levin Home for War Veterans recognises John’s service during the First World War.

A brief stint in the Wellington “Guard Company” during the Second World War also entitled John to the 1939-45 War Medal and the New Zealand War Service Medal.

“Where those medals are though is a mystery,” says home manager Jenny Hodgen.

“If anyone knows, please get in touch, we’d love to hear more about John’s amazing story!”

Enliven is the positive ageing services arm of Presbyterian Support Central, offering independent retirement living, rest home, hospital and dementia care, short-term respite and health recovery care and day programmes. 

Posted on the: 3rd May, 2018

Volunteer profile: Introducing Stuart Beissel

Levin Home for War Veterans volunteer Stuart Beissel believes he gets as much out of his weekly visits to the home as the residents do.

“I love to talk and I love to listen to people. I find volunteering so rewarding, just listening to the residents here,” he says.

The retired primary school principal began volunteering at the home a few months ago when, after 40 years of teaching, he retired and moved from Taranaki to Levin with his wife.

He says it wasn’t long before he put his name forward at the Volunteer Resource Centre.

“I didn’t really want to volunteer with children – it was time for change after 40 years working with them! Instead, I said I’d like to be involved with older people.”

Levin Home for War Veterans contacted Stuart, who agreed to visit on Thursdays and offer companionship to residents in the hospital wing.

“I liked the idea of working with a rest home,” he says.

“My grandfather was a war veteran, so that was also a nice connection.”

Now Stuart also comes in once a fortnight on Mondays to work with academy students from Horowhenua College taking part in a training programme set up by the home.

“It’s a great system – the students get to learn about dementia, health and ageing, things like that, and the residents enjoy their company. With my background in education, I feel I have something to offer there.”

Levin Home manager Jenny Hodgen says volunteers like Stuart are vital to the home.

“The diverse range of skills volunteers bring makes such a difference to the residents here – some run creative workshops for them, others offer their woodworking skills and still others simply donate their time. We love seeing the way residents respond to their energy.”

The home is currently looking for volunteer piano players to provide some musical entertainment for residents, says Jenny.

“There are three pianos here crying out to be used, so please don’t be shy!”

Posted on the: 25th January, 2017


Volunteer your time

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteers are vital to Presbyterian Support Central. Without volunteers we wouldn’t be able to provide our full range of services and support to children, families and older New Zealanders.

As a volunteer you can give as little or as much time as you wish, on days and times that suit you. There are some volunteer roles that require an ongoing regular commitment whilst others are more flexible. There are also one-off opportunities.

As a volunteer you can provide valuable help and support in many ways. For example:

  • supporting our recreation officers to run activities and outings
  • as a volunteer driver for our rest home residents
  • providing one-to-one companionship to elders in the community and at our rest homes, especially on weekends
  • helping out with fundraising activities and administration

It’s important that you find your time as a volunteer enjoyable and rewarding, so we’ll work with you to find opportunities that are suited to your skills and interests.

PSNZ National Volunteer Week

New Zealand is a leading nation in the contribution made by volunteers. A 2016 study of the New Zealand non-profit sector showed that 1 in 2 New Zealanders volunteered either through an organization or by helping another person from another household.

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone that showed support during National Volunteer Week to celebrate the collective contribution of the 1.2 million volunteers who enrich Aotearoa New Zealand.

National Volunteer Week 2019 ran from June 16-22. Watch the video to see what our volunteers say!

Our volunteers say

“I have my own business and it can make me feel stressed at times but when I come here all the stress goes away. When I spend time with people here it makes me feel happy.”  Yumei, Cashmere Home

“We have a lot of laughs here. I just love it. Anyone who is looking for a way to give back or spend their spare time should consider volunteering with Enliven – you get as much out of it as you put in and you meet so many great people!”  Pauline, Levin Home for War Veterans

“It’s a lovely home here and it has been a privilege and a joy to entertain so many lovely elderly people over the years. It’s great to see how they still enjoy singing along. You notice their feet tapping and a smile on their face,”  Tony

“We’ve built up relationships with the residents and many have watched Jeanie growing up. She wasn’t even crawling when we first came in and now she’s walking. We’ve become part of the family.”  Bridget, who volunteers along with her 18 month old daughter

Interested in volunteering?

If you would like to hear more about current volunteer positions available, please contact us at support@psc.org.nz or call 0508 TO HELP (that’s 0508 86 4357)

Looking to volunteer in another region? Visit our National Office’s website to support our other regional offices.

Posted on the: 4th January, 2017

What We Do

Presbyterian Support
is one of the
providers of
aged care and
social services
in New Zealand

Services & Support

Presbyterian Support Central (PSC) aims to support and empower people, families and communities.


To do so, PSC provides a wide range of health and social services to people of all ages. Social services for children, families and whānau are offered through Family Works, while health and support services for older people are offered through Enliven.

PSC’s services are offered across the lower North Island, including Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu, Horowhenua, Wairarapa and throughout the greater Wellington region.

Presbyterian Support Central’s social services for children, young people, families and whānau in need are offered under the Family Works brand.

Family Works vision is for Aotearoa New Zealand to be the best place in the world to grow up; a place where all children are safe, families are strong and communities are connected.

Services include:

  • social work and advocacy
  • family violence safety and prevention programmes
  • counselling and therapy
  • mentoring for young people
  • mediation and dispute resolution
  • parenting advice and education.

Family Works has ten centres in Wellington, Porirua, Upper Hutt, Wainuiomata, Wairarapa, Palmerston North, Whanganui, Hawera, Stratford, New Plymouth and Waitara.

Visit the Family Works Central website.

Presbyterian Support Central’s aged care and retirement services are offered under its Enliven brand.

Enliven Enliven believes in creating elder-centred communities. We do this by creating communities where older people have companionship, variety, fun, a sense of belonging, meaningful activity and purpose.

Enliven Central’s retirement villages offer independent retirement living, while rest homes provide a range of care including rest home, hospital and dementia care as well as short-term respite, health recovery care and day programmes. Enliven also offers health support services such as modified Tai Chi classes and a continence product service.

In 2017 Presbyterian Support’s Enliven brand was voted New Zealand’s Most Trusted in Aged Care and Retirement in the independently commissions Readers Digest Most Trusted Brands Survey.

Enliven Central has homes and villages in Wellington City, Tawa Johnsonville, Lower Hutt, Masterton, Paraparaumu, Levin, Palmerston North, Feilding, Whanganui and New Plymouth.

Visit the Enliven Central website.

Presbyterian Support Central administers two funds on behalf of the community.

James Gibb Fund 

The James Gibb Fund was established in 1989 to provide funding for projects that improve the life qand living conditions of those in need, and for projects that deliver educational programmes that support people to live rich and fulfilling lives.

Read more about the James Gibb Fund.  

Ann Sinclair Trust

The Ann Sinclair Charitable Trusts has two key objectives. 1. To support students studying farming, agriculture and horticulture. 2. To provide funding for Christian youth camps.

Read more about the Ann Sinclair Trust.