Presbyterian Support East Coast (PSEC) delivers $11 million worth of vital social services throughout the East Coast region, with the help of 220 staff and over 200 volunteers.

PSEC is one of seven autonomous regional organisations making a difference together across New Zealand under the Presbyterian Support banner.

As the social arm of the Presbyterian Church, PSEC provides counselling, social work and parenting programmes for children and families subjected to poverty and family violence through its Family Works service; as well as an array of programmes to elderly and disabled people who need assistance to live a more fulfilling life through its Enliven service.

Although some government funding is received, PSEC is responsible for raising the $1.6 million shortfall to ensure that these services remain free to the people who need them most.

Enliven RGB NT


Provides two key services - both aiming to maximise independence and community participation. Enliven elderly care services provides this through restorative home support and day services, while Enliven disability services do this by supporting people living with disabilities. They help them achieve goals, have choices, develop new skills, build confidence and live fulfilling lives.

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Family Works

Changing the cycle of family violence, child abuse and neglect by empowering children and their families through social work and counselling services.

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Our heritage

2016 marked PSEC’s 70th year of serving the people in our East Coast communities.

Presbyterian Social Services Association of Hawke's Bay and Poverty Bay (as PSEC was then known) was formed by Presbyterian Church members in March 1946, and opened the Hillsbrook Children's Home early in 1947.

The Hillsbrook Children’s Home was run by PSEC from 1947 to 1988, and during this time Hillsbrook was a stable, caring home environment to more than 500 children.

The organisation has progressively widened its focus and work through the years as it has responded to community needs.

Vision, Purpose & Values

Vision: Healthy, inclusive local communities
Te Tirohanga: Kia whaioranga, kia ngātahi te noho o ngā hapori ā rohe.

Purpose: Motivated by our Christian heritage, we respond to social needs for positive community change.
Te Take: Nā tō mātoau whakapono karaitiana e hihiko ana matou kit e takahuringa o ngā mate tauwhiro hei peinga ake mo te hapori.

Values: We act ethically with resilience and respect.
Ngā Uara: Mā manawaroa, mā whakaute e matatiki ai tā mātou mahi.