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Our stories

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The people we work with, the trials they face, and the challenges they hope to overcome are told in the many stories we have written (with their consent).

Their stories remind us of why we are a charity, dedicated to helping vulnerable children, young people, families/whānau and older people so that they can have meaningful, connected lives.

Below are some of those stories. As you'll see, these people have faced adversity but have faced their challenges with audacity and bravery, having been helped by our team of trained social workers, psychologists and counsellors.

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"Gemma Whiting is a social worker who puts others before herself. She’s part of our wonderful team in Ashburton/Hakatere."
Getting to know Gemma Whiting
"Champagne Dela Cruz is a determined young woman who moved to Franz Josef and studied at South Westland Area School. Champagne is a 2021 recipient of the Dennis Moore Memorial Scholarship."
A gifted artist
"Anthony's favourite day of the week is Wednesday and there's a good reason for that. It's the day he meets his friends at the Tōtara Club in Picton."
Wednesday is the best day!
"Verity Mace is a relatively new mentor, having joined Presbyterian Support towards the end of 2021 and her relationship with Emma*(10) is sparkling."
Playlists, hula hoops and skateboarding
"Harriet* has Alzheimer’s disease. She lives with her adult son Stephen* who, while determined to take care good care of her, must manage some mental health issues of his own."
A home of your own choosing means so much
"17-year-old single parent Michaela* gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Brody*, but by the time she turned 18 she was unable to live at home because of domestic violence."
Turning a new corner
"16-year-old Josh* wants to join the army but 12 months ago it wasn’t looking promising."
An aspiring military man
"Fireman Daniel gives back to his community by mentoring six-year-old Lachie."
Mentor forms a strong bond
"21-year-old mother, Emma*, understands the significance of a 'village' raising her daughter and her 'village' includes Presbyterian Support."
The role of a 'village' raising a child
"Margaret Ellmers might have decided to retire but the 80-year-old isn’t the type to sit back on her laurels and let the days drift by."
The kindness of Margaret
"Naomi* has faced some incredible suffering and her son, Jack*, wasn't doing well in school until we started working with the young whānau."
Naomi's story
"What are the chances of an 11-year-old boy, born into poverty, family violence, drug use and neglect? What kind of future might he face?"
The best day ever!
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