Strengthening Our Anglican Connections

As we start to think about the next 50 years and how we continue to deliver quality social services in Otago, sustainability is more than just a buzz word within our sector right now – in fact it’s a reality, and a necessity as we consider how the agency responds to a global pandemic, and the impact of reduced community giving.

Posted: Monday December 14, 2020

The Times May Have Changed But Our Purpose Remains The Same

2021 marks the 50th year of Anglican Family Care and we are planning a year of celebration!

Posted: Monday December 14, 2020

Farewell To Influential Trustee & Former Board Chair Hilary Allison

At our recent AGM (held in September at St Matthew’s Church), our Board of Trustees Chair Jim Hawker farewelled long-standing Board Member Hilary Allison. Jim acknowledged Hilary’s remarkable contribution, joining the AFC Board in 2000, serving twenty years as a trustee with twelve years as the Board Chair.

Posted: Monday December 14, 2020

Staff Celebrations

Posted: Monday December 14, 2020

Because of You... Families are Confident

Family Start is a free home visiting programme that provides support to expectant parents, and parents of newborn and young children. We asked two clients to tell us about each of their experiences of the programme.

Posted: Monday December 14, 2020

From the desk of our General Manager, Mike Williams

You may have heard already that there are changes happening with the Anglican Family Care Centre Board of Trustees. After 6 years at the helm, our Chairperson Jim Hawker has decided the time is right for succession. The Board have subsequently elected Ruth Zeinert to assume the role of Chairperson effective from the next Board meeting on 26 November 2020.

Posted: Thursday October 29, 2020

Anglican Family Care's 2020 Annual General Meeting

We would like to invite you to our 2020 Annual General Meeting to hear about the work we have done in the last year to support more than 2,200 Otago children and their families.

Posted: Wednesday September 9, 2020

From the desk of our General Manager, Mike Williams

Remember the days of the old schoolyard…? We’re working hard to ensure the next generation of children’s memories of their early days will be a nostalgic mix of hope, happiness and promise.

Posted: Sunday July 26, 2020


Our services stretch the length and breadth of Otago; in this winter edition of Community Connect, we focus on our rural services and share both a young mum’s and a social workers’ experience, as they both reflect on how our parenting services help to foster positive change for whānau.

Posted: Wednesday June 3, 2020


Thank you to everyone who joined us on our Riverstone Castle Tour in February. It was a stunning day, filled with fun, laughter, and delicious food.

Posted: Wednesday June 3, 2020


Jill Tosswill, from the Central Otago Team, heads off into retirement this month. Vicki McDermott, Team Leader Central Otago/Queenstown Lakes Anglican Family Care – (AFC) sat down over a cuppa and asked her for a few reflections of her time working for AFC.

Posted: Wednesday June 3, 2020


Posted: Wednesday June 3, 2020


What a challenging 2020 it has been so far - for all of us. As we shift into winter it is encouraging to reflect on the way New Zealanders have banded together in response to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: Wednesday June 3, 2020

Thank You

We have had some amazing donations from our supporters recently:

Posted: Tuesday June 2, 2020


From time to time we are asked if there is anything specific that we need extra help with.

Posted: Monday June 1, 2020

From the desk of Mike Williams: An update from our General Manager

I hope the very slight relaxing of restrictions over the past fortnight has allowed some of you to branch out a little further from your homes. Perhaps a walk on the beach or at a park, reconnections with family or someone close to you as you expand your respective bubbles to include other essential people in your lives. It is reassuring to think that we may be entering Alert Level 2 very soon and at Anglican Family Care we are already in the advanced stages of making plans to ensure we have a safe transition back to our offices in Dunedin, Oamaru, Balclutha, Alexandra and Wanaka. Much still depends on the announcement of the Government on Monday 11 May and the safety measures required to undertake work such as ours safely.

Posted: Friday May 8, 2020

An update from the desk of our General Manager, Mike Williams

As you will all know by now New Zealand moves to National Alert Level 3 from 11.59pm next Monday 27 April - a welcome progression in the government’s plan to eliminate COVID-19. This update in status will not mean any immediate change for Anglican Family Care. Our staff will continue to work from their homes and provide support to whānau and tamariki through phone/video calls, texting and emails, which continue to temporarily replace the usual home visits. Our communication channels will remain open, and we are still responding to new referrals and working to support Otago families.

Posted: Friday April 24, 2020

From the desk of our General Manager, Mike Williams

Just over three weeks ago, Anglican Family Care (as with the rest of the country) had to respond to a rapidly changing landscape as the Government implemented its COVID-19 response. As most of our work with whānau and tamariki is done in their homes, and face to face, our staff needed to adapt quickly to a new way of working. And while we wait with some optimism to see what a potential change in the National Alert System might mean for us, the work goes on.

Posted: Thursday April 16, 2020

A message from our General Manager, Mike Williams

As we pass the halfway point of the initial four-week lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and head into the Easter break, I thought I would share an update on how Anglican Family Care is continuing to work.

Posted: Thursday April 9, 2020

An update from our General Manager, Mike Williams

Since my last message a week ago, I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the work we are all doing at Anglican Family Care in keeping connected to our clients, whānau and communities. Our mission and purpose hasn’t changed - it is actually now more than ever extremely essential.

Posted: Friday April 3, 2020