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.
'Take the Leap' pub quiz and action
Join us for a fun-filled evening as we raise money to contribute towards the cost of 'Take the Leap', a new vibrant piece of street art that now adorns Guthrie...
Generosity makes positive change
The tradition of gift-giving is an important part of the Christmas season for many; it is one way to demonstrate care between friends and family.
Faces behind our teams
Behind every team of volunteers is always someone looking after the group. We have a number of great people supporting nearly 600 wonderful volunteers - all vital to the work...
Cooking for Change
A limited number of Dick Frizzell’s ‘Cooking for Change’ books were gifted to us by the author, and are for sale.
Individual support makes a world of difference
How fortunate we are that everyone is unique, and has different circumstances that make them the people they are.
Give others your support this Christmas
Our appeal this Christmas asks you to give your support. By doing this we can continue to help families and whanau across Otago to make a positive and lasting change.
Group work empowering Otago families
We facilitate a range of group work programmes, for children and whānau. The impact they have for participants is significant and lasting.
New Chief Executive appointed for PSO
Presbyterian Support Otago Board Chairman David Richardson is very pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Parker as the incoming Chief Executive of the regional organisation.
Movies for teens
Christmas is for teenagers too! Give a vulnerable teenager the chance to go to the movies this summer and feel like a regular kid.
Good Sorts: Otago University students who party at rest home
TV One’s Good Sorts, which runs at the end of the Sunday news, featured Aquinas College in Dunedin visiting Ross Home, last Sunday night.
PSO Enliven homes are at the top of their game
Presbyterian Support Otago is delighted that all eight of our Enliven Homes have achieved four-year certification from the Ministry of Health.
Quality of donations impresses charity
A key factor that influences the success of charity shops is the quality of public donations.
Community generosity has plenty of puff in Wanaka
Enliven staff in Wanaka decided to organise a fundraiser to buy a portable oxygen concentrator to share between Elmslie House and Aspiring Enliven Care Centre.
Outstanding community support at Octacan
It was the 22nd day of June and the 9th annual Octacan event was stirring. As the rising of the sun marked a new day, the initiation of can collecting...
Most trusted Aged Care provider in New Zealand
Presbyterian Support’s Enliven service was named New Zealand’s Most Trusted Aged Care and Retirement Villages Brand for 2017.
45 years of care
Noel is being recognised for 45 years of service with Presbyterian Support Otago this month – a significant achievement that is worth celebrating.
Connnecting with the community for 99 years
Ross Home, home to 124 residents in north Dunedin, is our oldest care home and is counting down to celebrating their centenary in October 2018.
Spring into support
There are plenty of ways to support the work we do, and your generous financial support makes a difference to families and children across Otago every single day.
Support us when you shop
Did you know you can actively support our Family Works team every time you pass through the checkout of your local Warehouse?
Second hand items can do good
Spring is here, and the change in season may give you reason to do some spring cleaning.
Children's creativity on display
Dunedin was host to a national art and writing competition in July, thematically inspired by Mother Teresa's charitable sentiments.
Wedding bells at Shop on Carroll
From Monday 18 September Dunedin’s Shop on Carroll will be transformed as wedding fever takes over for the month.
PSO to farewell Chief Executive
Chief Executive, Gillian Bremner, has announced her intention to retire early next year.
New look at YouthGrow
Despite rain, snow, frost and cold over the winter season, the YouthGrow team has been busy weeding, pruning, re-potting, raking, sweeping, cleaning and rearranging plants.
Reading books for Buddies
Presbyterian Support Otago has recently enjoyed a pleasant surprise in the guise of an unexpected donation to our Buddy Programme.
Enliven voices on the airwaves
You may have heard some new and exciting Enliven advertisements on a series of radio stations across Otago this month.
Our top saving tips
It’s Money Week, and a good time to mention some great tips when dealing with money.
Children's creativity on display
Dunedin was host to a national art and writing competition during July; thematically inspired by Mother Teresa's charitable sentiments.
Volunteering brings valuable connection
People volunteer in many different ways at Presbyterian Support Otago. One of the programmes run by Presbyterian Support Otago is Visiting Volunteers.
Presbyterian Support Otago farewells Chief Executive
Today Gillian Bremner has announced her intention to retire, with effect from early next year. It has been more than 23 years since Presbyterian Support Otago has farewelled a Chief Executive.
Bev’s a ‘Good Sort’
New Zealanders are known to be great volunteers but few would spend over 10 hours a week, on average, like Bev Chatwin does in Wanaka.
On a Path to Purpose: A Can’s Perspective
My body forms; what was once shapeless silver is now unyielding metal. A cold, hard shell; a container for precious cargo that I shall receive.
Volunteering brings five years of new friendships
John Meek has been involved as a volunteer with our Enliven services in Alexandra for five years.
Community generosity warms our hearts at Octacan 2017
The Octacan collection for Presbyterian Support Otago’s Family Works foodbank has been a fantastic success.
Building great relationships with elderly
Marian Ross is a Club Enliven volunteer who takes pride in involving herself in the elderly community.
Buddy enjoys mentoring 7-year-old
Among the many valuable initiatives that Family Works offers the Buddy Programme is special, as it provides adult mentors for children who need additional support.
PSO volunteers contribute over 36,000 hours to Otago communities
Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) relies on the generous support of over 600 volunteers throughout the Otago area, to deliver more than twenty community programmes to almost 10,000 people.
Giving to Presbyterian Support for 30 years
It’s National Volunteer Week and like many organisations Presbyterian Support Otago has always been well supported by volunteers. In fact, almost half of our people are volunteers.
You CAN support Octacan
The annual Octacan collection, in support of Presbyterian Support Otago’s foodbank, is happening on Thursday 22 June.
Requests for help rise, as tempratures drop
With your support, we can limit the effects of winter for many Otago families.
Steampunk celebrated at Shop on Carroll
Anyone who visited Shop on Carroll in May would have found themselves immersed in the extraordinary world of steampunk.
Playgroup with a twist
An unusual Oamaru playgroup celebrated its 23rd birthday in April, with people of all ages on hand to mark the occasion.
Spectacular views enjoyed in Taieri Gorge
The sun was shining, the views were incredible, and people went home very happy!
Representing Dunedin at the National Community Awards
Presbyterian Support Otago was the Dunedin representative at the Trustpower National Community Awards, held in Rotorua in March.
Countdown to Octacan
We only have a few short weeks until the annual Octacan collection in Dunedin’s Octagon on Thursday 22 June.
Footpath puts brakes on residents
Natalie Hill loves her life at Holmdene Enliven care home in Balclutha.
Igniting a spark of life
We asked for your support to introduce Spark of Life to our Enliven care homes in the last edition of People. We are making great progress…
Foodbank donation leads to work experience
Otago Girls’ High School Year 12 student, Tamsyn Lawrence, wasn’t in the classroom for the first week of April.
Supporting people through the winter months
As the winter months arrive, the number of people who look to us for help increases dramatically across all of our services.
Presbyterian Support’s service, Enliven, most trusted Aged Care provider
Presbyterian Support (Enliven) has been named New Zealand’s Most Trusted Aged Care and Retirement Villages Brand.
Four new residents welcomed into expanded Ranui Court Retirement Village
Four Alexandra residents are very excited to have a change of address this month, when they move into four new units that have opened at Ranui Court Retirement Village in...
Shop on Carroll celebrating steampunk
Step into Shop on Carroll between 8 – 20 May and you’ll find yourself immersed in the extraordinary world of steampunk.
Knitting keeps Noelene busy
St Andrews care home (Dunedin) resident Noelene Perkins spends time each day relaxing in her sunny room with knitting needles in hand.
Knitted toys are made with love
Marie Myhill has called St Andrews care home in Dunedin her home for the last eighteen months. Since moving in she has fallen back in love with old hobby, knitting.
Winning volunteers at Presbyterian Support Otago
Presbyterian Support Otago was thrilled to participate in the 2016 Trustpower National Community Awards, held at Rotorua Lakes over the weekend.
Dementia increase sparks action
Right now, two out of three people in New Zealand are affected in some way by dementia.
Community Generosity Shines at Christmas
In the last three months we’ve had Christmas, summer holidays and back to school for 2017.
Student gives us a lesson
St Hilda student Mille Dickson (pictured with social worker Nick Callaghan) stopped in at Family Works in January with a very generous donation.
YouthGrow impresses local MP
Dunedin North MP David Clark spent a Friday morning at YouthGrow and was very impressed with what he found. David writes…
Carolyn is ready to chat
New year, new face! We are very pleased to introduce Carolyn Sims as Presbyterian Support Otago’s new Supporter Liaison.
Bowling them over in Oamaru
Every Monday afternoon the Iona Chapel, Iona care home Oamaru, is full of noise. It’s the sound of 30 plus Iona residents enjoying a friendly round of indoor bowls with...
Step back in time for Vintage Month
Are you, or is someone you know, an avid vintage shopper? For the month of March we transform Shop on Carroll into a 1930s vintage store.
Helping each other, learning together
As children head back to school for 2017 we’re opening the doors to begin a number of Presbyterian Support Family Works programmes that will run for this year.
The Linen Lady makes her mark
In just four short years the generosity of one lady and her TradeMe account has meant our Family Works food bank has received just shy of $23,000.
Books to brighten a day
On a Wednesday afternoon Miriam Vollweiler finishes work early. It’s not so that she can head home to put her feet up. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
A little time makes a big difference
Meet Georgia Crutchley. Georgia lives in Balclutha and has volunteered as an Adult Buddy with the Family Works Buddy Programme for the last six months.
Get your tickets for the Taieri Gorge Rail Walk - Sunday 7th May 2017
Our Family Works Youth Buddy Programme is thrilled to be named as the recipient for the Taieri Gorge Rail Walk 2017. Tickets are $59 per person and must be booked prior to the day.
Merry Christmas from Presbyterian Support Otago
It's been a busy, fulfilling and inspiring year for Presbyterian Support Otago staff and volunteers.
Managing your money over Christmas
The holiday period can be a great family time, but it can be very stressful. The pressure of Christmas gift spending and the stress of entertaining others with activities and...
Countdown to Christmas
Every family looks forward to Christmas. It is a time of joy, togetherness and celebration.
Are you a little bit good?
Thank you to everyone who signs up as a Family Works Guardian Angel this Christmas. You’re helping us to support Otago’s children and families in need to make lasting change...
Let’s Pack the bus together
Huge thanks to The Breeze Dunedin who are partnering with us in the lead up to Christmas with the fantastic Pack The Bus initiative!
Blooming success at YouthGrow
YouthGrow is one of Family Works’ most successful programmes. It is a holistic training programme operating within a working nursery and aims to equip young people with ‘life ready –...
New Financial Capability training service
Presbyterian Support Otago’s Family Works service was recently awarded a government contract to provide budgeting and financial literacy training at locations across Otago.
Aspiring Enliven Care Centre Opens
On 3 October, our newest care home’s residents moved in. Slowly at first, new residents began to arrive.
Give a gift for Otago's future
Presbyterian Support has worked side by side with Otago’s residents for 110 years. Together we’ve done some great work and helped a lot of people.
Ross Home National Finalist - 2016 Excellence in Care Awards
On Wednesday 4 October, Ross Home received the National Finalist Award, Community Connections category, at the New Zealand Aged Care Association’s Excellence in Care Awards in Auckland.
Volunteers love to volunteer
Over 600 volunteers give their time regularly to Presbyterian Support Otago, clocking up an impressive 36,420 hours over the last 12 months. Why do they do it? Two of our volunteers explain.
PSO AGM 2016
All are invited to join staff, volunteers, donors and friends to our organisation's annual general meeting.
Taieri Court one of the best
Providing premium quality care and professional services to residents has earned Taieri Court top certification status from the Ministry of Health.
Be a little bit good
For just $1 a day be a Family Works Guardian Angel and give lasting help to Otago's children and families in need.
Your donation makes a difference
The opening statement of the First Annual Report of the Presbyterian Social Service Association (now Presbyterian Support Otago), for the year ending September 30, 1907 reads:
You know you’re on the right track when eight months after opening, your shelves are bulging and customers are beating a path to your door.
Life goes on
People told her that the old women would quarrel together, but ‘the experiment had been tried in a small way and this had not been the case.
Volunteers at our very foundation
From the day Presbyterian Social Services Association (PSSA) was founded in September 1906 volunteers have been an intrinsic part of our service.
Foodbank: Taking care of the basics
Hares, eggs, honey, fruit and vegetables were donated to our children’s homes in Dunedin from the day they opened.
110 years of care for Otago's children & families in need
Presbyterian Support has been supporting Otago’s children and families since 1906. Whilst our approach has changed over time, our motivation has not.
OCTACAN 2016 breaks record
What a wonderful day it was! On 23 June we held our 8th Octacan event in Dunedin. The Octagon in the centre of town was taken over by thousands of...
Aspiring Enliven jobs seminar success
Five seminars in Wanaka and Cromwell attracted around 140 people interested in working at Aspiring Enliven Care Centre when it opens in October this year.
Watching the joy her daughter gained from being an Adult Buddy while a student at the University of Otago several years ago, persuaded Wanaka resident, Linda, to join the Buddy...
Building life skills
Understanding that no matter what your income, there are priorities you need to make if you are to avoid costly consequences. This is one of the more important lessons in...
Not alone in Alexandra
Living alone can offer independence. Living alone, for some older people, can also lead to isolation and loneliness.
Sharing good times
To meet this South Dunedin pair one would think they have been mates from way back.
Homeless in Otago
Homelessness: having no other options to acquire safe, secure housing. And it’s happening right here in Otago.
“Walking into Stepping Stones for the first time I had no idea what to expect or what I wanted to achieve. I just knew that I had to do something.”
What a great day it was! More than 460 people enjoyed the rare opportunity to walk the Taieri Gorge rail line.
Our volunteers are winners!
Presbyterian Support Otago won the supreme award at the 2016 Trustpower Dunedin Community Awards, 27 April.
Holmdene in Balclutha has received its second much-prized four year certification from the Ministry of Health. This again puts it in the top 10% of New Zealand care homes. Congratulations...
Oamaru's new starts
New starts in life are meant to be positive moves, but for many Family Works’ clients in North Otago that is not the case.
“Bayli will always be my buddy, even when he’s 30 years old,” says Adrienne. Bayli smiles.
Buddy Programme impresses
As they say, the proof is in the pudding, and that’s certainly the case in the Buddy Programme evaluation report released prior to Christmas.
Presbyterian Support Otago has re-named our services for older people “Enliven”. Our community-based, retirement and residential aged care services now fall under this new national brand.
Head in hands
Cathy’s stomach does a nervous flip when she reads her son’s school stationery list. She then looks at her daughter’s college list, and puts her head in her hands in despair.
Where there's a will there's a way
The abundance of natural light, spacious rooms and ensuites, soothing décor and an easy indoor-outdoor flow from almost every room has residents likening the Kirkness Unit at Iona care home,...
Family Works staff support women released from New Zealand prisons to settle back into the community. For the Otago region, Christchurch Women’s is the predominant release prison, but there are...
Success engaging young adults
It’s not easy engaging with young adults who find traditional schooling too hard to deal with.
Care Centre to open in October
Progress on Aspiring Enliven Care Centre adjacent to the Wanaka Lakes Health Centre is on schedule to receive its first residents in early October.
Locals opting for a taste of home
Dunedin TV popped out to Taieri Court this week to talk with Manager Mary McKay and Presbyterian Support Otago CE Gillian Bremner about how locally supplied Meals on Wheels are prepared.
YouthGrow brings lasting success
Success comes in many guises. The first step towards success for YouthGrow students is finding a place where they fit in, and can thrive.
For Joy St George, resident of St Andrews care home Dunedin, Wednesdays were just another day. Then, John Schofield entered her life and Wednesdays have never been the same since.
Young people with heart
“It was amazing how quickly he understood that some children don’t have food on the table or in a lunchbox like he does,” said Dana.
Sharing Christmas joy
At Presbyterian Support we look forward to sharing Christmas joy with many families and older people in Otago.
Where there’s a will there’s a way
Including a charity in your will provides an opportunity to continue to support the organisations you have supported in your lifetime.
People helping people
On 28 October 2015, Presbyterian Support Otago held our Annual General Meeting and presented the 2014/15 Annual Report.