Family Support

Family Support-Social Work

CARE Waitakere's Family Support/Social Work service aims to provide a strengths-based approach to clients and their whanau. This is is centred around your needs and goals. 

Some of the ways we can help include:

  • Checking you are getting the correct WINZ entitlements
  • Supporting you when you request financial assistance from WINZ (e.g. bond, temporary accommodation supplements, disability allowance)
  • Housing New Zealand Advocacy: Support with registering for a Housing NZ rental property, transfer requests; assistance in private rental issues.
  • Advocacy with Oranga Tamariki and other government agencies
  • Parenting support and strategies
  • Grief and stress strategies
  • Family relationships
  • Court support (Civil, criminal, drug and alcohol and family court issues).
  • Assisting those who are new to the area or with minimal support networks.
  • Employment related issues and job seeking

This is a free service based in Te Atatu Peninsula. (Home visits may be available from the second appointment onward). 

For more information you can contact our registered social worker, Lauren Godsiff on (09) 834 6480, or by emailing Lauren is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

FAMILY SUPPORT-Food assistance

Te Atatu Peninsula Community Food Bank 

The Te Atatu Peninsula Community Food Bank provides food boxes to those located in Te Atatu on a Tuesday and Thursday (by appointment; pick up only). If you and your family need help with food please contact reception on or phone 09 834 6480 for more information.

To make a donation towards purchasing fresh food items for food boxes please go to our Givealittle Page

Community Christmas Hamper Project

This local hamper project takes place during November-December.  Contact us if you, your business, school or community group would like to be involved. 

For information on our food parcels and Christmas hampers, please contact Erica on 09 834 6480, or email

FAMILY SUPPORT-Cooking groups

Our Healthy Meals on a Budget Cooking Group  is an interactive cooking group made up of 5-6 workshops that take place on a Friday morning. This free group is ideal for anyone who is interested in:

  • learning cooking skills
  • exploring nutritious recipes and trying them out at home
  • feeling more confident when cooking 
  • learning how to reduce food waste
  • gain tips for getting the best out of a tight food budget

Latest group flyer: August 2018 Group

Special thanks to the Love Food Hate Waste Fund and Henderson-Massey Local Grants for their support of this year's groups.

For information on when our next group is running, please call Fiona Halliwell on 09 834 6480 or