Help to vulnerable kids
Providing social support services in Dunedin for 17 years, Anglican Family Care is expanding to Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago to help young families.
Anglican Family Care director Nicola Taylor was approached by the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to grow her services for vulnerable families to Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes.
‘‘The reason why the government approached us is because it makes a huge difference to a life of a child and a parent.’’
Family Start is a voluntary service for pregnant mothers or parents of young children who have con- cerns about how to care for their child or are living in circumstances that make it difficult for them to be the parents they want to be.
The support was provided to young parents isolated from family support, with housing issues, poverty, health problems, addiction or family violence, Taylor said.
‘‘You are looking at the child at every angle really.’’
Anglican Family Care get referrals from midwives, however it could take a ‘‘wee while’’ to establish relationships with health agencies at the start.
The organisation would roll out the services on October 1 and was looking for a team leader and a social worker in Central Otago.
Anglican Family Care director Nicola Taylor is bringing her services to Queenstown Lakes.