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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: 20th October, 2020

Family Works Wairarapa Quilt Sale & Exhibition Fundraiser

 

When: Saturday 31 October to Sunday 8 November 2020, 10am-4pm daily

Where: ANZAC Hall, 62 Bell Street, Featherston

You’re invited to come along to the Family Works Wairarapa quilt sale and exhibition fundraiser! This exciting event will feature items made by local quilt makers, craft stalls, a café, raffles and more!

All proceeds will go towards Family Works Wairarapa’s family violence and safety programmes.

Entry by gold coin donation

Together we can build a safer community by reducing family violence.

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: 3rd May, 2018

Giving Back

At Willard Home in Palmerston North, residents’ strong desire to give back to the community has inspired a whole host of projects.

Every Wednesday, for instance, the resident baking group whips up fudge, shortbread and all manner of sugary delights for parents, caregivers and children to enjoy at the Children’s Ward at Palmerston North Hospital.

“Stuff that keeps a little bit longer, like slices and biscuits, are really practical and delicious!” says home manager, Christine Tester.

Since June, several elders at the home have also been busy writing letters to pen pals from all over the region. Christine notes that volunteers get as much joy from the experience as do the residents.

“We have one pen pal who lives on a distant farm, so she wouldn’t be able to volunteer in person. But she is able to go to town to post her letter once a week. Another is an international student who is keen to meet the locals but doesn’t have the time to physically volunteer while studying.”

The two-way cycle of giving and receiving care is an important part of the Enliven philosophy, which aims to make sure elders have companionship, fun, variety, choice and meaningful activity in their lives.

“The opportunity to both give and receive care is important. It’s not all about asking for help and donations – the elders here are also contributing members of the community and are always looking for ways to give back.”

Apart from baked goods, residents also sell hand-made crafts and other items at their on-site shop, which has become quite the social hub for residents and volunteers.

“It’s amazing what you can learn from elders just by sitting and having a chat,” Christine says.

“They have all lived such interesting lives and it’s a privilege to hear them share their wisdom and knowledge.”

Posted on the: 3rd May, 2018

Cultural Competency Framework

Rātana Pā is a place where magical moments happen.

It was there that Family Works Central chose to launch its new Cultural Competency Framework in 2017.

The Framework will introduce staff to Māori customs, tikanga and language through a series of training resources, helping them to acquire the cultural capabilities they need to best serve Māori communities.

The launch brought together around 40 Presbyterian Support Central and Family Works team members and advisors from around the region.

Noting Rātana Pā’s significance to New Zealand’s religious and political history, CEO Chris Graham says the launch was “very special and quite spiritual.”

“It was a once-in a-lifetime experience and I’ve learned so much more about Māori culture and custom.”

Aside from hearing from speakers, the group sang and even slept together in the wharenui itself.

“The whole event was a lot of fun and it created such a welcoming learning environment,” says PSC Supporter Relations Advisor Margie Carter.

New staff will be introduced to the first training booklet, kete tuatahi, within three months of their employment. Kete tuarua (2) and kete tuatoru (3) will build on this knowledge base.

Posted on the: 3rd May, 2018

Donor profile: Amanda Shrapnell

When you choose to give regularly, you’re not just helping families and children in need, you’re also starting a conversation around the issues that matter, says Family Works Guardian Angel Amanda Shrapnell.

It was the harrowing story of a child victim of domestic abuse which first compelled Amanda, a former Presbyterian Support Central Fundraiser, to become a Guardian Angel.

“I started thinking about how scared the child must have been, how he must have feared for his mother’s safety, and most importantly, how much the whole family needed support,” she says.

“By giving to Family Works, I knew I’d be helping make sure support was there for families facing heart-breaking situations and that those services were robust and able to do what they set out to do.”

As a Guardian Angel, Amanda donates a regular amount each month, which comes straight out of her bank account. Her monthly gift to Family Works has prompted several conversations with her daughter about why she chooses to give.

“As a woman and as a mother, violence against women and children is a matter that really speaks to my heart and I feel privileged to be able to help those who are struggling to give their kids the start in life they deserve.

“I love being able to set a good example for my daughter too and help her understand that there are other children out there who are struggling, and who need the community to be there for them,” says Amanda.

If you would like to make a donation to Family Works or become a Guardian Angel, you can free call 0508 TO HELP or use the donation page of this website.

Posted on the: 25th November, 2017

Tailored help required to tackle family violence

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to family violence, says Family Works – Presbyterian Support Central’s social service arm that works to tackle the growing problem of family violence in New Zealand.

The message comes as New Zealand celebrates White Ribbon Day [Saturday 25 November 2017] – an international campaign is aimed at ending men’s violence against women.

“Domestic violence hurts children and adults in different and highly personal ways,” says Family Works Central practice development manager Nici Nixon.

“Most obviously it can hurt them physically, but it can be psychological in nature too – eating away at a person’s sense of self is just as damaging.”

Family Works believes to tackle family violence, communities and the agencies supporting people who have experienced family violence must place children at the centre and then focus on the whole whānau unit.

“That’s how we work, after all our vision is to make Aotearoa New Zealand the best place in the world to grow up,” says Nici

“A place where all children are safe, families and whānau are strong and communities are connected.”

In New Zealand, police are called out to a family violence incident every 5 ½ minutes and half of all homicides stem from family violence.

But Family Works believes their goal is achievable if the approach is flexible and individual to those involved.

“Each family’s challenges are unique and so they require individual, tailored approaches to put an end to violence in their homes.”

Nici says campaigns, like White Ribbon, are important because they get people talking about the sensitive topic.

“They  really help to start a conversation around family violence and bring the issue to the fore. We need to talk about it in helpful and constructive ways,” says Nici.

“Sadly, people who have experienced family violence, particularly children, can suffer further from the stigma that others attach to it.”

Some of the services Family Works offers as part of this approach include group support programmes for people who have experienced family violence , social work and advocacy, parenting education programmes, mentoring and counselling.

Family Works Central operates the evidence-based Te Ara Whānau, Family Solutions model when working with families and whānau facing significant and complex challenges, including family violence. This means the multi-disciplinary  Family Works Central team work with the family and whānau to work out what help and support is needed, and to build on existing strengths and resources. Support is usually intensive at first, reducing over time to match the needs of the whānau.