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Posted on the: 8th April, 2021

Central Focus Autumn-Winter 2021

The autumn/winter edition of Central Focus is now available! The latest edition features more stories about the fantastic work happening across PSC, including Family Works’ successful Parenting from Prison programme, Enliven’s armchair travel adventures, and successful in-home shops. We also cover Central Office’s big move to Prosser Street in Porirua, and Family Works’ Wellington office move to Anvil House.

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Posted on the: 26th January, 2021

New Chief Executive for PSC!

Today is an exciting day for our PSC, Enliven and Family Works family as we welcome our new Chief Executive Joe Asghar!

Joe was officially welcomed at Central Hub this afternoon with a powhiri led by Jim Berry, PSC’s Cultural Director.

Each member of PSC’s Senior Leadership Team and PSC board chair Peter Sherwin spoke, welcoming Joe, and thanking outgoing CEO Pat Waite for his contribution during his time with the organisation.

Joe brings to PSC a rich and varied career having worked across the health, government, voluntary and NGO sectors. Highlights include roles at the Royal Society of New Zealand, Diabetes NZ, ACC and Physiotherapy NZ.

He’s also actively involved in a range of community groups and is passionate about his volunteer work supporting the homeless in the Wellington region. Joe is a Justice of the Peace, chair of Te Awakairangi Health Network, a member of the Pharmacy Council Professional Conduct Committee and General Practice NZ Strategic Council and a Rotarian.

Joe will take the reigns from CEO Pat Waite, who has been pivotal in supporting PSC’s development. We’re looking forwards to this new adventure!

Posted on the: 14th September, 2020

Annual Report 2019-20

Read the latest PSC’s Annual Report for 2019-20.

Find out what’s been happening in our PSC, Enliven and Family Works community.

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Posted on the: 8th September, 2020

Central Focus Spring-Summer 2020

Read the latest edition of PSC’s Central Focus magazine.

Find out what’s been happening in our PSC, Enliven and Family Works community.

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Posted on the: 13th May, 2020

Central Focus Autumn-Winter 2020

Read the latest edition of PSC’s Central Focus magazine.

Find out what’s been happening in our PSC, Enliven and Family Works community – including an exciting new development in the Wairarapa.

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Posted on the: 25th February, 2020

New retirement community for Wairarapa

Work has started on Wairarapa’s newest retirement village.

Enliven, part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central, is behind the development on Totara Street in Lansdowne, Masterton.

Up to 52, two-bedroom retirement villas will be built on the property adjacent to Enliven’s Kandahar Home.

Yesterday staff, residents and iwi representatives attended an on-site blessing before work started this morning.

Contractors are now clearing the site, with the first 12 villas expected to be completed by October.

Chief Executive Pat Waite says it’s an exciting time for Enliven and the Kandahar community.

“For Enliven this is much more than just building a few houses, we have a strong emphasis on creating a caring, supportive and stylish community for Wairarapa retirees.

“Wairarapa has experienced significant growth and development in the last few years; we’re excited to be offering retirees another lifestyle option.”

Enliven operates rest homes and retirement villages across the lower North Island, including Kowhainui Home and Village in Whanganui.

“The Kandahar development is very similar to the townhouses we have at Kowhainui Village which are very popular,” says Pat.

The development will also include a village community centre which will be available for use by village residents and the wider Wairarapa community.

For more information about Enliven, and to keep up-to-date with the development’s progress, visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz.

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: 23rd May, 2017

Presbyterian Support (Enliven) Earns New Zealand’s Trust

Presbyterian Support (Enliven) has been named New Zealand’s Most Trusted Aged Care and Retirement Villages Brand.

The accolade comes from the independent, commissioned 2017 Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand Survey.

Respondents highlighted Presbyterian Support (Enliven) for its not-for-profit values, genuine care, honesty, high quality aged care and retirement services and support.

National spokesperson Gillian Bremner says the win is recognition that the organisation’s values and not-for-profit philosophy drives service delivery.

“We’re about people first and foremost. We design, develop and operate quality care homes, retirement villages and home and community support services; with care at the heart of all we do.”

“We focus on creating communities where older people have companionship, variety, fun, a sense of belonging, meaningful activity and purpose in their lives.”

Enliven Central general manager Nicola Turner says the recognition is credit to the dedication, passion and care of the staff.

“Having trust in the people that are caring for you, or your loved one, is of the utmost importance and we are very pleased to be named as the most trusted aged care provider for 2017,” Nicola explains.

“Enliven staff, regardless of their role, treat and support every resident the way they would like to treated and supported themselves – with kindness, dignity and respect, and it really shows.”

Nicola says Presbyterian Support’s long history of providing support for communities also contributes to the high level of trust.

“Presbyterian Support has supported people and communities in New Zealand for more than 130 years,” she explains.

Enliven Central provides provides a full range of positive ageing services including rest home, hospital and dementia care, respite, health recovery and day programmes, as well as retirement villages between Taranaki and Wellington.

Posted on the: 13th February, 2017

February 2017 marks the end of an era for Enliven Community Support

From 13 February 2017, Enliven Central will no longer provide in-home support services between Taranaki and Wellington.

This comes after Enliven Central’s parent organisation, Presbyterian Support Central, elected to sell it’s in-home support service business to Geneva Healthcare.

“In 2016 we lost the Capital and Coast and Hutt Valley DHB in-home support contracts when the DHBs elected to contract with a single provider,” explains Chief Executive Chris Graham.

“This reduced our critical mass so the Board and Management team made the decision to sell Enliven’s remaining in-home support business and focus on our core activities – Enliven rest homes and retirement villages and Family Works social services.”

Presbyterian Support Central’s Enliven division and Geneva Healthcare have been working closely together for the past few months to ensure a smooth transition of service.

Part of this work has been around ensuring a smooth transition for staff which will help ensure there little impact for clients who, in the majority, should be able to retain their current support worker.

“We wish to thank Enliven’s Community Support staff everyone for their ongoing hard work, dedication and commitment to quality support during this transition.”

Enliven Central continues to offer a range of positive ageing services throughout the lower North Island, including independent retirement living, rest home, hospital and dementia care, day activity programmes, short-term respite and health recovery care, modified Tai Chi classes and a continence product service.

“These Enliven services remain a strong focus for us and we’re planning to announce some exciting new developments this year,” says Chris.

For more information about Enliven’s service freephone 0508 ENLIVEN (that’s 0508 365 483). For information about Geneva Healthcare’s in-home support services between Taranaki and Wellington phone 0800 436 382. For in-home support services in other regions visit www.enliven.org.nz.