Community Social Services

Ngā Ratonga Hāpori

Our Taituāra a Hāpori/Community Service Specialists will help you to develop new skills, knowledge, and resources, clearing away barriers, so you have more choice in your life. 

The Taituāra a Hāpori/Community Service Specialist will put your and your whānau’s voice and choices first.  We’ll pay close attention to your expectations and hopes, and the knowledge and skills you already have.  We’ll bring evidence-backed tools and practices, strong relationships with other providers, and a focus on good outcomes to help. 

The focus of the service is on you and your family’s goals and your measures of success. We will keep checking in with you on how we’re doing to make sure we’re doing our best.

We’ll listen to your goals, work with you on a plan to achieve them, and the development work that will need to be completed in order to reach your target.  We’ll connect you to other services that can help and work with you on getting the best from those providers.

If you would like to find out more about this service, please contact:

Dunedin - Sheena Wiel at or Tel: Mob: 027 444 5045.

Southland - Ruby Mclaren at or Tel: Mob: 027 557 2000.

Sustaining Tenancies

What is Sustaining Tenancies?

Sustaining Tenancies provides support to individuals and whānau who need help to sustain their tenancy and address any issues which put their tenancy at risk. The Methodist Mission Southern provides this service in Otago and Southland and this is a Government project to reduce these occurrences in our community - ‘homelessness is prevented where possible, or is rare, brief and nonrecurring’.

If you would like to find out more about this service, please contact:

Otago - Megan Hayward at or Tel: Mob: 027 383 9335.
Southland - Tammylee Ross at Tel: Mob: 027 267 9425

For more information visit our Sustaining Tenancies page.