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Presbyterian Support (Upper South Island) - Includes: Harakeke Club and Totara Club

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Presbyterian Support (Upper South Island)
Home Help and Personal Care/Assistance
Te Korowai
44 Bealey Avenue
Christchurch Central
Christchurch 8013
0800 477 874
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Chief Executive Officer
Barry Helem - (03) 363 8217
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Presbyterian Support (USI) is a community based social services agency working towards a just and inclusive society. We deliver a wide range of social services developed in response to local need in the Upper south Island. We aim to help people, families and society to be safe, strong and connected. Operating as a not-for-profit NGO, the agency has been in business over 100 years and delivers services from twelve service centres as well as community venues in the Upper South Island region.
Service Description
Service Description
Presbyterian Support (Upper South Island) offers social work, counselling, group education, mentoring, home care and day care. These services are for younger people and their families, and for older people and their families and carers. They are available to everyone in the community whatever their background, their religion, their ethnicity or their beliefs. You don't have to be a Presbyterian to be supported by, work for or support Presbyterian Support.
Enliven, Positive Ageing Services is the division of Presbyterian Support (USI) that offers a range of services for older people. These include stand alone day activity programmes for frail older people and those with memory loss relating to dementia, counselling, social work, respite care, budgeting services, volunteer programmes and falls prevention programmes.

SOCIAL WORK Christchurch: For people 65 years and over services include assessment and information, co-ordination of support services, counselling, advocacy, liaison with other agencies or health professionals, support for carers, elder abuse intervention. Home visits can be made.

North Canterbury:
An exercise programme aimed at reducing falls in our community and works on strength and balance, provided by a Registered Nurse who works with the frailer client with complex health issues and the other is a Support Worker who is working with the less frail. Referrals via a GP

HARAKEKE CLUB: Harakeke Clubs in Riccarton and Linwood are day programmes for older people with memory loss. They provide social opportunities, motivation and appropriate activities. Allowing carers day respite to pursue their own interests, or activites or just have a rest.
Activities include singing, cards, cooking, exercises, games, gardening, indoor games, minibus, music, newspaper reading, pool table, reading

TOTARA CLUB: Totara Clubs in Riccarton and Rangiora are day programmes for older people open Monday to Friday. Totara Clubs provide a place to meet together, share a meal, outings, entertainment and a range of activities, where old acquaintances are renewed and new friendships made. Experienced, caring staff are assisted by enthusiastic volunteers. Transport is arranged.

HOMESHARE is a service which offers a small and personalised service where older people can enjoy companionship and activities in a private home within their own community. It is an opportunity to enjoy a home-cooked meal with others, the chance to make new friends and renew old acquaintances in a very small group setting. It can mean socialisation for the isolated or disabled person or the person who has difficulty getting out. HomeShare is available in rural areas in North Canterbury and Mid Canterbury. There is no charge but donations are always welcome


Kaiāwhina: Kaiāwhina means helper, support counsellor or navigator. These workers provide support for older persons/ kaumātua / elders where a Māori support worker is appropriate or preferred. They are also a liaison between Kaumatua / elders and whanau and services and the community.

Volunteer Programme - Provides people who can visit older people in their homes and provide transport, outings and companionship.
Updated: 15 Jul 2020
Suburbs/Districts/Towns Serviced
Suburbs/Districts/Towns Serviced
The Upper South Island region covers the area north of the Rangitata River to Cook Strait including Nelson and Marlborough. There are service centres in Christchurch, Ashburton, Greymouth, Rangiora, Nelson and Marlborough. Services vary across the region so please contact us for more information about what is available in your area.

Nelson and Marlborough service centres have their own separate Eldernet Pages.

Mid Canterbury Service Centre
215 Tancred St,
PO Box 581
Ashburton 7740
Phone: 0800 447 874
Email: MidCant@psusi.org.nz

8 Frickleton Street
PO Box 536
Greymouth 7840
Phone: 0800 447 874

Linwood Service Centre
601 Gloucester Street, Linwood
PO Box 13 171
Christchurch 8141
Phone: (03) 389 1728
Phone: 0800 447 874

North Canterbury Service Centre
Ngawi Thompson Centre
258 High Street
PO Box 665
Rangiora 7400
Phone: (03) 313 8588
Phone: 0800 447 874
Updated: 15 Jul 2020
Personal Assistance
Personal Assistance
TypeSelf FundedSubsidisedAfter Hours
Carer Support Negotiable Negotiable No Counselling and Social Work for Older People
Updated: 15 Jul 2020
Specialities or Areas of Expertise.
Specialities or Areas of Expertise.
Specialities or Areas of Expertise.StatusDetails
Dementia Care Yes Harakeke Club Day Centre
Social Work Yes Campbell Centre and North Canterbury Service Centre
Updated: Unknown
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short Stay
Respite, Carer Support or other Short StayStatusDetails
Respite Yes Available on the West Coast. Inquire at our Greymouth service centre
Carer Support Yes Available on the West Coast. Inquire at our Greymouth service centre
Updated: 13 Jul 2015
Domestic Assistance
Domestic Assistance
TypeSelf FundedSubsidisedAfter Hours
Shopping Assistance Yes No No Volunteers from the Volunteer Programme in North Canterbury can assist older people with shopping
Transport Assistance Yes No No Transport Service, North Canterbury will take you from your home to hospital or doctors' appointments in Rangiora, Kaiapoi or Christchurch.
Updated: 15 Jul 2020
Kaumatua Services
Kaumatua Services
Kaumatua ServicesSelf FundedSubsidisedAfter Hours
Kaumatua Services No No No Kaiawhina community support. This is liaison and access to the community and services for Kaumatua / elders in situations where a Mâori support worker is preferred.
Updated: 5 Sep 2011
CompanionshipSelf FundedSubsidisedAfter Hours
Day Programme (Dementia Care) Yes Negotiable No Harakeke Club day centres for older people with memory loss
Day Programme (Non Dementia) Yes Negotiable No Totara Club: Rangiora and Riccarton.
Lunch Yes No No Lunch provided at Harakeke Clubs and Totara Clubs
Visiting Service No No No North Canterbury Volunteers Programme assists with transport, provides companionship visiting and outings
Activities/Exercise Programme Yes Negotiable No A falls prevention programme to improve strength, stability and balance
Other Social Support No No No HomeShare is a service in Canterbury which offers a small and personalised service where older people can enjoy companionship and activities in a private home within their own community.
Updated: 13 Jul 2015
Subsidy Details
Subsidy Details
Various for different services
Updated: 7 Dec 2009
Languages Spoken
Languages Spoken
English Yes
Updated: Unknown
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RCStatusDetails
New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) Yes
Updated: 4 Jun 2007