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Family Works Central’s Supporters

We are incredibly grateful to each and every supporter of Family Works Central.


These individuals, groups, trusts and business are helping to make Aotearoa New Zealand the best place to raise children – a place where all children are safe, families and whānau are strong and communities are connected.

As a trusted social service agency, Family Works Central receives some funding rom government agencies such as the Ministry for Children, Ministry for Social Development, Ministry of Justice, Department of Corrections and the Ministry of Education. However, often this funding does not cover the full cost of providing services and, sadly, it does not stretch to meet the needs of all of the vulnerable and at-risk children and families that need our help. For that we rely on the philanthropic individuals, groups, trusts and business in our communities.

Thanks to the individual supporters

While there are far too many individual donors and volunteers to list, the generosity and dedication of these people does not go unnoticed! Every year these numerous and wonderful people make a difference to the lives of hundreds of children, young people, parents and families in communities across the lower North Island.

Thanks to the philanthropic trusts and foundations

Four Winds Foundation

Four Winds Foundation has supported Family Works’ social work and counselling services for vulnerable children, young people and their families in greater Wellington.

Lottery Community Funding

Lottery Community Funding has supported social work services for women and children in need in Manawatu.

St Johns

St Johns in the City has supported Family Works’ services for women being released from prison.

Thomas George Macarthy Trust

The Thomas George Macarthy Trust has supported Family Works Wairarapa’s Wisdom and Wellbeing programme.ces in Upper Hutt, wrap around ‘Family Solutions’ support for Whanganui and Taranaki children and families and the new Family Works Manawatu centre.


Tindall Foundation

The Tindall Foundation has supported the youth services in Upper Hutt, wrap around ‘Family Solutions’ support for Whanganui and Taranaki children and families and the new Family Works Manawatu centre.


Winston & Margaret Bear Charitable Trust

Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust has provided funding for Family Works’ counselling and family therapy services for vulnerable children, young people and their families in the greater Wellington Region.

Patron – Dr Patricia Grace QSO, DCNZM

“In my role of Patron, I strongly support proposals put forward by PSC as it continues in its important work of helping vulnerable whānau and families,” Dr Patricia Grace.

Patricia Grace is the author of seven novels, five short story collections and several children’s books.

Awards for her work include the Deutz Medal for fiction for novel Tu at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2005, New Zealand Fiction award for Potiki in 1987, the Children’s Picture Book of the Year for The Kuia and the Spider in 1982 and the Hubert Church Prose award for the Best First Book for Waiariki in 1976. She was also awarded the LiBeraturpreis from Frankfurt in 1994 for Potiki, which has been translated into several languages. Dogside Story was longlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Fiction Prize in 2001. Her latest novel Chappy was a finalist in the Ockham New Zealand Awards for fiction and winner of Nga Kupu Ora Award 2016.

Patricia received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in 2006 and was the recipient of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature sponsored by the University of Oklahoma in 2008. She was a recipient of the Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DCNZM) in 2007.   She has received Honorary Doctorates for Literature from Victoria University of Wellington in 1989, and the World Indigenous Nations University in 2016

In addition:

  • Community Organisation Grants Scheme has supported the Family Works Boundaries programmein Whanganui.
  • Four Regions Trust has provided funding for insulation at Family Works Whanganui.
  • Margaret Watt Children’s Trust has provided funding for counselling services for Whanganui children in need.
  • Pelorus Trust has supported the Family Works centre in Porirua.
  • Rimutaka Trust has provided part funding towards a Family Works group programme for vulnerable teenage girls in Upper Hutt.
  • Strathlachlan Fund has provided funding for Family Works counselling services for women in Palmerston North.
  • Wellington Children’s Foundation has supported resources to run some of our Family Works programmes in the greater Wellington area.