PSUSI Working In Lockdown

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Check out what our staff and volunteers have been up to during lockdown around the region

The work our staff and volunteers are doing would not be possible without you.

If you would like to donate to help us continue to help our clients, please donate here.

A Day At The Office


A “day at the office” looks very different for all of us at the moment, but we LOVE the way many of our staff have quickly adapted their typical work schedule to help meet the needs of our region’s most vulnerable people.

Proudly introducing “Luis”! Luis is one of our Enliven Social Workers who is based in Christchurch and North Canterbury. Since the beginning of our nationwide lock down he has been working with other agencies, including Inspire Church, to deliver vital food parcels to vulnerable people located in remote areas throughout North Canterbury.



Ashburton Food Bank


With our country in lock down many of our most vulnerable people are struggling to access vital food supplies.

Thanks to Suz, and her awesome team, our small Ashburton food bank has been providing essential groceries for our clients in need during this time.

Due to the current lock down requirements we are unable to collect donated goods and now rely on financial contributions to continue this important work.

If you would like to contribute to our food bank please make a donation to our organisation by clicking here and selecting the “Mid-Canterbury region”. Your gift will allow us to purchase vital supplies for families and older people in need!

If you are living in the Ashburton area and require a food parcel, but are not a current client of our service, please contact the Salvation Army to access the Ashburton Community Food Bank, ph: 03 307 2900.



Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast


Hands up if you love a good jigsaw puzzle?!

Maintaining a positive attitude and keeping mentally well during lock down is vital. Jigsaw puzzles are especially good for improving short-term memory, mental speed and thought processes.

Kathleen, a member of our Enliven Totara club in Nelson, is a keen puzzle enthusiast. Unfortunately lock down has prevented her from getting any new puzzles.

Our wonderful Day Programme Manager, Trish, knew Kathleen was struggling and quickly came to the rescue. Trish biked over and delivered two new puzzles to help Kathleen get through these final weeks in lock down.

Kathleen was absolutely thrilled and the two had a lovely catch up, albeit from a safe 2m distance.

Our team are proud to support our community and if you would like to help us continue this important work please donate today! Thank you!



Shavi’s Heartfelt Video


Shavi, one of our wonderful volunteers, shared this heartfelt video to help connect with our Enliven members, and their families, while we are all in lock down.

We have no doubt that Shavi’s thoughtful kindness is definitely helping to “heal the world and make it a better place”.

To all of our fantastic volunteers, thank you so much for your incredible contribution to our work. We couldn’t do it without you! If you would like to learn more about volunteering please visit:

Family Works Team

Our dedicated Family Works team have been providing counselling support to our clients via online video chat and phones.

One of our younger clients really enjoys her new online sessions with her counsellor and reported back that she felt comfortable because she could wander around her house and even stay in her PJ’s.

Many of our clients are experiencing increased stress and anxiety at this time so our team are working harder than ever to help support their needs.

New Talents Discovered In Lockdown!

Our Enliven team have been sending out resources to encourage members to try new things while in lockdown and we have been blown away by their enthusiasm and efforts! 

Crafts, sewing, colouring in, puzzles, painting, knitting, gardening – the options are endless! Learning something new is a great stress reliever and the sense of accomplishment can really lift your spirit.

We love this photo of one of our members, Geoff. He discovered a love of painting while in lockdown.

Under Level 2 restrictions our Enliven day programmes remain closed to help ensure the health and safety of our members. We continue to keep in touch with members via remote methods and look forward to seeing everyone ‘face to face’ very soon!