Countless hours contributed by volunteers
Presbyterian Support Otago wants to acknowledge the very generous support of over 600 people in Otago who volunteer with us.
A friendly face behind our food parcels
As we look towards Octacan, the importance of our foodbank is in focus. We are so grateful for the team of volunteers who assist with running the foodbank.
A remarkable man
A few weeks ago we were privileged to have a chat with John Schofield. Sadly, John passed away shortly after his story was written.
Ten years in the community
Shop on Taieri is looking forward to celebrating its tenth birthday shortly. The little orange shop has a big name in the local community.
A decade of Octacan
Ten years can take forever, and can disappear in the blink of an eye. It can be the time needed to help an idea bloom and blossom into something magnificent.
It's easy to give volunteering a go
You are never to old too make new friends. Our Enliven Visiting Volunteers understand this, and the programme is focused on setting up volunteer pairs.
A winning social media campaign
Presbyterian Support Otago was winner of the ‘Best Social Media Campaign of the Year’ category at the TechSoup New Zealand Charities Technology Awards in March.
In April we said farewell to Gillian Bremner, as she embarked on the next chapter of her story.
Oamaru in the spotlight
As the largest town in North Otago, Oamaru is home to about 14,000 people. Just 120 kilometres north of Dunedin, Oamaru is another town where Presbyterian Support Otago is part...
Students support our work
We have some great interaction with local University and Polytechnic students who regularly assist with our design, writing and social media activity.
Becoming wise with money
Family Works has been providing budgeting and financial literacy training across Otago for the last eighteen months.
What does it mean to live generously?
Kate Frykberg, New Zealand Philanthropist and Community Advisor, posed this question in a blog she wrote earlier this year. As she notes, you can measure generosity in many different ways.
Giving back to the community
If you visit Family Works in South Dunedin most Wednesday mornings, and sometimes on Friday, you’ll find Jan Letts volunteering as part of the Stepping Stones team.Stepping Stones is a...
Five decades at Ross Home
Tuesday 6 February, 1968, was the day Cheryl Bell arrived for her very first shift at Ross Home.
Count to ten for Octacan
We are just weeks away from our annual Octacan collection, in support of Family Works foodbank. It will take place on Thursday, 21 June from 7.30am in the lower Octagon.
Bike on display for ANZAC Day
To commemorate ANZAC day this week Shop On Carroll has an incredibly special piece of New Zealand Wartime History on display in the window.
Raving about Reuben
Shop on Carroll has many incredible volunteers who make the store come alive each day, including Reuben Toa.
Step into Vintage
You don’t need a time machine to travel to the past, just pay a visit to Shop on Carroll for their Vintage Month.
Plenty of ways to show your support
A small pile of nappies, some wipes, and a dozen tins of baby food can make all the difference.
A reflection on 24 years: GIllian Bremner
Over nearly a quarter of a century many things come and go. Chief Executive Gillian Bremner's passion to care for the people of Otago remains as strong as ever.
Street art brightens up Moray Place
You don't have to look far in Dunedin to see plenty of fantastic street art of all shades and sizes brightening up the city.
Balclutha in the spotlight
Located on State Highway 1, half way between Dunedin and Invercargill, Balclutha is home to around 4,000 people and is one of the towns where Presbyterian Support Otago is part...
Helping people back into the driver's seat
Family Works has provided a counselling service to the community for many years.
Volunteering brings five years of new friendships
John Meek has been involved as a volunteer with our Enliven services in Alexandra for over five years. He's made many friends along the way.
Michael set to take the reigns
Michael Parker arrives this month, and is well prepared to lead the organisation as our new Chief Executive.
Keeping older residents connected
One of the projects we undertook last year was to explore the needs of older residents who live in the community.
Moving forward with your support
As we look ahead, there are some exciting new opportunities that are facing us. We value your support as we continue to work for a fair, just and caring community...
Making a difference
Family Works Buddy Programme understands the importance of connecting to people. A positive connection is needed between people, to assist with mental and emotional well-being.
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