Building confidence in English unlocks opportunities

For many immigrants arriving in New Zealand whose English is limited or non-existent, life can be confusing, overwhelming – and lonely. Takanini Family Service Centre partners with Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) to host a FREE English course that MIT facilitates. Classes are held on Monday and Friday, 9.30am to 12.30pm at the Takanini Family Service Centre. Read more

“Vege Garden to Plate” experience at Papakura Early Learning Centre

Our tamariki did fabulous teamwork to collect the carrot and pick the tomatoes carefully from the garden. They also felt, smelled, and tasted the food during the morning tea sessions. Read more

Family Service Centres support families with food assistance

Our Social Services team, Social Workers in Schools (SWiS)and Papakura Early Learning Centre are well-positioned to identify children and families who need help receiving food assistance. Read more

“Look At Me Now Leadership” achieves positive educational outcomes

“Look At Me Now Leadership” is a youth leadership programme offered by our Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) programme (Papakura Family Service Centre) at Red Hill Primary School for more than 10 years. Read more

From the Archives: Journey from challenge to strength

Leah* credits the team at the Papakura Family Service Centre with turning her family’s life around, and most importantly, helping her youngest grandson break through the serious behavioural challenges and trauma that had been holding him back. Read more

A surprise for children turning five

To celebrate our children who turn five years old and get them ready for school, our Papakura Early Learning Centre has recently connected with School Start First Impressions... Read more

Celebrating cultural diversity in our Early Learning Centre

With Maori tamariki making up 63% of the children in our Early Learning Centre, and a further 15% of children from the Pacific Islands, we always strive to celebrate all the different cultures that make up our Early Learning Centre whānau. Read more

Covid 19: Social Services Responding to Families in Crisis

Since the Covid crisis began, the Family Service Centre teams have been busier than ever, trying to keep up with demand. The stress of lockdowns on families means that people who had never before been on the radar of social services started asking for help... Read more

Meeting the Community’s Needs Together

Family Service Centre teams recently invited stakeholders from the community come for morning tea, in order to thank our supporters and to build on relationships going into a new year... Read more