Presbyterian Support Northern (PSN) has started a new quarterly newsletter – The PSN Post – to keep supporters informed about how their contributions are making a difference to vulnerable people.
The newsletter will also report on new initiatives and developments that supporters can get involved with or help finance.
The first edition of The PSN Post profiles two new initiatives – the Communities Feeding Communities Initiative (CFCI), created in partnership with Northern Presbytery; and EnlivenPlus, a new personalised service for people living with dementia and for people struggling to cope with caring for loved ones.
CFCI tackles food security hand-in-hand with creating a vibrant community meeting space and providing practical support. It will eventually include a thriving community garden, fruit trees, garden allotments and a nature play area for children.
Northern Presbytery’s Rev Fa’amanu Akeripa and PSN Community Coordinator Grace Mua are based at the Roskill South CFCI site where they are focused on developing relationships with the local community. Over time, it is hoped that a new community of faith will also be based at the site.
EnlivenPlus has been created to help support some of the 70,000 New Zealanders who are living with dementia. This number is expected to triple over the next 30 years. EnlivenPlus offers one-on-one support for people with dementia throughout their journey, starting from the initial diagnosis. Its primary aim is to enable people to remain in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible while supporting improved quality of life.
The inaugural issue of The PSN Post also shares a quick update on Family Works’ Social Workers in Early Childhood Education programme and profiles the partnership between PSN and School Start First Impressions (SSFI), which helps disadvantaged five-year-old children in the wider Whangārei area.