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Here we share a diverse range of updates and stories that reflect the heart of our organisation. These updates go beyond client stories to encompass a broader spectrum, including organisational news, community highlights, and our staff and volunteer journeys.

Our stories serve as powerful reminders of our charity's mission: to enhance the mana of whānau to be safe, resilient and connected. Guided by our dedicated team of trained social workers, psychologists, and counsellors, these individuals have navigated their challenges with audacity, reinforcing our commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of those we serve. 

"In Aotearoa New Zealand, people living with dementia (mate wareware) are one of the most vulnerable segments of the population."
Greater Outcomes with the Dementia Mate Wareware Initiative
"In the heart of Blenheim, members of the Tōtara Club have been experiencing the transformative power of music therapy. "
Harmonised Healing in Blenheim
"Harry*, a man in his sixties, has been incredibly affected by his past and experienced times of deep depression and feelings of suicide."
Letting Go to Move Forward
"At just 17 years old, Hana* had learned not to ask for much in life. Growing up in a challenging home environment with no positive role models meant she faced numerous obstacles. "
From Shy to Shining
"Lucas* was a vibrant nine-year-old boy whose heart overflowed with love for animals and a thirst for adventure. "
A Magical Match Made in Mentoring
"Sean*, an older gentleman living alone in a council flat, faced an uncertain financial situation. His struggles came to light when he crossed paths with one of our mentors."
A New Start for Sean*
"Retirement often raises questions about how to find purpose and stay engaged, but for Anne Knight, the path was crystal clear. "
A Heartfelt Journey Beyond Retirement
"During the last school holidays, our Mid-Canterbury team organised a Kiwi colouring and Naming competition, celebrating creativity."
Ashburton Name the Kiwi Competition
"Presbyterian Support provides services to many disadvantaged sectors of our community; however, a disproportionate percentage of our clients are Māori. "
Our Co-Governance Journey
"A few tears and upsets are a part of an active, healthy childhood, but a pattern of anxiety-fuelled outbursts were a warning sign for Kim*."
From Frustration to Validation
"In our journey to make a real difference in people’s lives, we met Jane*, a courageous individual with a history of trauma who was facing an immense challenge."
Collaboration Transforms Lives
"Sarah Campbell has been a volunteer mentor with Presbyterian Support since December 2021. Thanks to this and her psychology background, she has just landed a full-time role with the organisation."
Volunteer lands permanent youth coach role
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