Mission for Families

Social work support for whanau through advocacy, education and guidance, empowering them to better manage their own circumstances.

How The Mission helps families
The whanau we work with in Mission for Families (MFF) are usually sole parents, with tamariki aged from 0–16 years old. Their primary source of income is usually in the form of a benefit from Work and Income NZ, although we are seeing an emerging group of employed people who are also finding it difficult to manage financially. Circumstances vary hugely, but many of the whanau we work with are struggling to meet their basic needs including affordable and appropriate accommodation. They may have experienced domestic violence or trauma, and have limited resilience or local family support.

Our qualified team of social workers take a whanau-centred, strength-based approach to supporting whanau and tamariki. The programme empowers whanau with skills to address domestic violence, grow parenting behaviour that meets the needs of tamariki, facilitates access to resources, and supports and builds whanau resilience. Whanau can be referred from a variety of sources including other health, educational or social agencies, along with self-referral

What happens at Mission for Families
Whanau are allocated a social worker and, after an initial assessment process, a whanau-centred support plan is agreed and understood. In the short term we may be addressing immediate safety concerns and facilitating access to resources including the basic needs of food, health and sustainable accommodation. In order to support long term goal achievement, other Mission services such as financial mentoring or food parcels may be utilised. The Mission has developed strong working relationships with other agencies and we advocate for whanau in situations they may find difficult, for example in working with government agencies and other organisations. We also collaborate with several external social agencies and networks, such as the Strengthening Families process.

Looking forward
Building whanau knowledge and skills so they are empowered to achieve their goals means our support is no longer required. However, we will remain there for whanau should they ever need our support again in the future.

During 2017-18
• 144 families were supported by our Mission for Families social workers - 57% lived in the Hutt Valley, and 43% lived in Wellington

• Staff made 2,279 advocacy contacts to external organisations to support or advocate for families

• 342 children were supported by Mission for Families

• 90 families no longer needed Mission for Families support, and became independent after they successfully completed the objectives in their personal plans

This service is free to people living in the Greater Wellington region. For more information please contact:

Olivia Lange
Community Programmes Manager
Phone: 04 245 0829

You can download a Mission for Families referral form from the sidebar to the right.