To Auckland’s homeless and street sleepers, she is known as “aunty”, the kind-hearted woman who treats them with respect and dignity. This month, Maureen Little celebrates three decades at Presbyterian Support Northern.
Maylene Harrison, a Housing Family Worker who has helped hundreds of children move to safer, drier homes this past year alone, talks to Renee Kahukura about advocating for the families.
Northland’s first Early Childhood Education social worker has been appointed to work with preschool children and their families – thanks to a ground-breaking Family Works Northern initiative that is also believed to be a first for New Zealand.
Grainne Moss, head of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, notes the crucial role that Family Works plays in making children feel safe.
Family Works Northern hit the headlines recently when our service manager for Whangarei, Margie Matthews, and some of her team were interviewed by National Radio’s Northland reporter Lois Williams.
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Ms Ssekajja urges locals: “If you want to come and have a chat and a cup of coffee we’re here for you. Come up and see us in Whakatane. Even if you just want to have a general chat about “what do I do with this...situation’. We’ll try and help in whatever way we can.”
A father and son who have found fame as musicians are the guest speakers at a special White Ribbon Day event to be held in Hamilton later this month. White Ribbon Day is an international annual event held on 25 November.
Family Works Northern has saved more than 5,000 children, and more than 5,000 parents and caregivers, from the trauma of going through the family court system with its Family Dispute Resolution Programme.