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Family Works Wairarapa arrives in Masterton

Family Works Wairarapa will, this month, open the doors of its new offices in Chapel Street, Masterton.

The not-for-profit has been providing counselling and social work services in the Wairarapa for more than 30 years.

Until this week most of those services have been based at its centre in Featherston, but with an increasing number of Masterton-based clients the organisation decided it was time to relocate.

“We’re already operating many of our services out of Masterton, particularly our family violence safety support programmes and restorative justice which is provided from Masterton District Court,” explains regional manager Dee Dahlberg.

“There’s a lot of collaboration with other child and family support services in Masterton too.”

She says while the time has come to make Masterton its permanent base, Family Works will continue to work across the region.

“We will continue to offer counselling and community-based social services in Featherston, and across the region,” says Dee.

The move to Masterton coincides with the appointment of Dianne Te Tau as Family Works Wairarapa’s Team Leader.

Dianne has significant experience working in social services including child protection, youth at risk, health, sexual assault and adult guardianship.

“I am very excited to move back to the Wairarapa after 18 years away working in social services in New Zealand and overseas.

“I hope my broad range of experience will assist me to lead my team to work effectively in the Wairarapa. I am passionate working alongside people to improve their health and social wellbeing.”

Family Works is part of the not-of-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central. It offers a range of services including counselling and therapy, social work, family violence safety support, mediation and parenting advice and education. For more information visit www.familyworkscentral.org.nz.