New safety equipment, offices for social agency

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by Greta Yeoman

Presbyterian Support South Canterbury has new safety equipment and office space.

Trust grants for several groups

A variety of South Canterbury initiatives have been granted funding in the most recent round of Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury donations.

This included a $8830 grant for the work of Harold the Giraffe and the Life Education Trust,¬†$3000 for ice time for the¬†Mackenzie Ice Hockey Club and $1038 for Fairlie Playgroup’s arts and craft programme.

The trust in charge of Camp Lindisfarne, near Cave, got $9500 to upgrade the ablution block, while further north, the St Andrew’s Church foodbank in Geraldine received $6000.

The social services organisation, which is celebrating its centenary this year, has expanded into new premises across the road from its current Family Works offices in North St.

The former Timaru Community Corrections office was now housing the organisation’s Family Start services, along with its community support services team and Social Workers in Schools staff, PSSC chief executive Carolyn Cooper said.

“We had outgrown the space.”

Presbyterian Support South Canterbury also has offices in Park Lane.

The organisation had also received a grant of $4464 from the Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury earlier this month, which would fund new equipment to increase the safety of staff while they were out visiting clients.

Mrs Cooper said while she could not specify what the safety equipment was, because that would defeat the purpose of acquiring it, the technology was just another means of ensuring staff were safe on the job.

She said staff were going into the homes of people they had little prior information about.

“The safety of our staff when undertaking their work is paramount for our organisation.”

The branch was buying “more modern” technology rather than responding to an increased need for safety equipment.