Social and community services on offer


Need an answer?
WANT to find the answer to that question which has been bugging you?
The team at the Citizens Advice Bureau may well have the answer. As well as answering a wide range of questions, the bureau hosts free legal, consumer, Justice of the Peace and financial advice clinics.
Call in to the bureau at 97 Spey St or phone 218 5548.
Conveniently across the road is the Southland Community Law Centre which offers services such as free legal advice, advocacy, information and law-related education. The centre has a pool of lawyers to assist. Centre staff take an holistic approach to helping people, whether it be a matter of advice or directing people to the most appropriate service provider.
Wellness Centre
Located at 92 Spey St, Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust offers many health and social services, including addiction service, the Kaiarahi service for Maori cancer patients, disability information and advice, natural therapies, stop smoking services, community nursing mobile services and a lowcost Whanau GP service. The programmes offered include whanau ora, supported living whare, taitamariki prevention service, and restorative justice.
Wanting to give a gift of Kiwiana? Rae and the team at Toi Toi Maori Arts and Gift Shop just around the corner at 119 Dee St have that unique piece of New Zealand giftware, whether it be pounamu, bone, heru, glassware, clothing, jewellery, paintings, weaving or korowai.
Looking after the vulnerable
Further along Spey St Family Works offers a range of services and programmes to vulnerable children, young people and their families across the Southland region, with some services operating within the Invercargill city boundary only. Their services include family dispute resolution, strengthening families, family start programme, young parents service, buddy programmes, parenting programmes, counselling, social work support, incredible years programme, cool families programme, and foster care.
Staff aim to help family members develop skills so they can provide an environment where children can reach their full potential. Family Works provides social services as part of Presbyterian Support Southland.
While out and about in Spey St, feel free to drop into their offices to learn more about their big buddy and foster care opportunities.
Keeping mobile
Along Spey St there are also several support services.
At 200 Spey St is Southern Mobility which has a large range of specialised equipment to help people deal with mobility issues. The team focuses on independence, comfort and safety, customer service and quality of products, and also backs this up with staff who can service the products
Looking after the body and
the mind
Bliss – the name sums it up. As well as hair styling and professional hair products for the whole family, the team at Bliss Hair Design, 98 Spey St, can assist men and women who may need a medical wig, hair integration, hats or a turban, with an emphasis on natural beauty, security and comfort.
Further along Spey St at 102 are the skin and appearance experts, Caci Invercargill. The team at Caci can help with treatment plans, appearance medicine, laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation and body shaping.
Gain energy and vitality, normalise weight and feel better, Hot Yoga has come to Invercargill. The Hot Yoga team at 115 Spey St offers three styles of yoga, Bikram, hot flow and Yin, which they say can help clients in physical and mental health areas including mental focus and clarity, muscle flexibility and strength, increased lung capacity and improved immune system.