(Approved service provider s 403 CYPF Act 1989)
Catholic Social Services, reflecting the Gospel and the social teachings of the Catholic Church, will promote human dignity, equality, participation and respect for human life, through the provision of services that support families and individuals on their life journeys.
One of the chief agencies for the social apostolate in the Diocese of Christchurch is the Catholic Social Services . It is always responsible to and works under the direction of the Bishop of the Diocese. Catholic Social Services seeks as an integral part of the church to reach out to human need. It is called to witness to the compassion, the healing and the social justice in its entire intervention in the local community, that were essential characteristics of the life of Jesus and to reflect his solidarity with the poor.
The agency promotes a holistic approach by offering counselling, social work support, group courses for children and adults, as well as budgeting / advocacy, practical needs advice and assistance and post-adoption services. All services are no-cost and readily available to all. Counsellors / social workers offer quality professional services. All clients can expect a caring safe environment, respectful and non- judgemental treatment, cultural awareness and complete confidentiality.
Catholic Social Services will work primarily in the immediate Christchurch environs. Upon request, the agency will support parish-based initiatives within the wider Diocese, as needs emerge and resources permit.