Our Story

Anglican Family Care was established in 1970 by the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia (Diocese of Dunedin) and the Methodist Church in New Zealand, to meet a need for family support and counselling in the Dunedin area.   

It has remained our mission for over 50 years to provide social services for vulnerable families in the Otago region.


1970 - Established in Dunedin by NZ Anglican & Methodist Churches (AMFC)

1971 - AMFC is formally inaugurated

1977 - Became an incorporated Society


Early 1980's - Home-based Family Support service introduced

Mid 1980's - Expanded services into Central Otago


1994 - Approved as a Child & Family Support Service (Child and Young Persons Act 1989)

         - Care service was formalised

         - Expanded services into South Otago


2000 - Introduced Family Start and Social Workers In Schools (SWiS) services

2001 - Restorative Justice service introduced

2005 - Anglican & Methodist Social Services amicably separated, now Anglican Family Care


2011 - Family Centred Service started in South Otago

2014 - Introduction of Community Relationships Team (now FMC) & Business Support Team

2016 - Introduced Family Start and OCEANS to North Otago

2017 - Family Start was rolled out to South & Central Otago


2020 - Agency responds to global pandemic (COVID-19)  

         - COVID response Community Connector position created in South Otago


2021 - Published Southern Service book

         - Board of Trustees initiates governance internship programme and appoints first Board Intern Director

Want to know more about our story? Purchase your copy of Southern Service: The First Fifty Years of Dunedin's Family Care Centre here