Alexandra in the spotlight

In Central Otago, located on the banks of the Clutha River on State Highway 8, 188 kilometres by road from Dunedin, lies Alexandra.

Home to a population of about 4,800, Alexandra is known as the hottest, driest and coldest town in New Zealand, due to its extreme seasons. Presbyterian Support Otago is naturally part of this community.

A team of five Family Works staff, based in Alexandra Community House, support families and individuals across Central Otago. This team provides social work and financial mentoring to people in the community. We also have 12 active Buddy volunteers, supporting children in Alexandra.

In the last year Family Works has run four successful group programmes, including Seasons for Growth, The Incredible Years and Growing Taller.

Alexandra is home to Ranui Care Home and Retirement Village, which is located just a short walk from the town centre or the scenic Manuherikia River Track. The Care Home has hospital-level units for thirty-eight residents, and a dementia unit for ten residents.

The neighbouring village, Ranui Court, is home to 12 residents who live independently in the cottages. Four of the units were opened just one year ago.