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About us

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Who we are

Presbyterian Support has provided social services in the upper South Island region for over 112 years. While we operate as a separate entity to the Presbyterian Church, our name is a celebration of our beginnings, our heritage and the values we share.

Operating under a federation structure, the seven regional Presbyterian Support organisations (including Presbyterian Support, Upper South Island) are governed, managed and operated separately in order to best respond to local needs.

The seven organisations come together under the Presbyterian Support federation to share information, best practice ideas and, where possible, to share resources. Collectively we are one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest not-for-profit health and social service providers. For more details about services available in other regions, please visit

Our vision is for a just, compassionate and inclusive society and our mission is to support children/tamāriki, young people/rangatahi, families/whānau and older people/kaumātua to be safe, strong and connected.

Presbyterian Support Upper South Island is a registered charity and relies on the support of individuals, groups and organisations to carry out our important work in the community. If you would like to help us make a difference please consider making a donation.

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Our services

We provide a wide range of social services to support vulnerable people throughout Christchurch, Mid Canterbury, West Coast, Nelson, Marlborough and North Canterbury.

We deliver these services through our two social service brands; Enliven and Family Works.


Enliven Positive Ageing Services helps older people to remain healthy, well and socially connected as they age.

Family Works

We deliver social services to help children, youth and families learn, grow and thrive. We offer counselling and social work support along with a range of group programmes. 

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Our Vision: Ngā Moemoeā

A just, compassionate and inclusive society. Kei te tae ana ki te ngākau - Achieving a heart of love.

Our Mission: Ngā Aronga Matua

Supporting children, young people, families/whānau and older people to be safe, strong and connected. Whiria ki te tangata - weave the people together.

Our values: Ways of working / Kaimana Korowai


Unconditional, love, kindness


Togetherness, sharing, support


Custom, values, protocol


Guardianship, protection, conservation


Connections, heritage, relationships

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