We are driven by one goal: to work with local families’ strengths, resources and hopes to enable them to be the best for their children
In 1989 our agency was established as Home-builders Family Support Services Inc. Volunteers were trained to provide practical support to parents and families. From here the agency worked to develop a professional social service, with expertise in engaging with families with complex needs.
In 2001 the organisation was reincorporated as Family Support Services Whanganui Trust, putting in place a governance and management structure. In 2002 the agency moved to its present site at 236 Victoria Avenue. In 2004 the services previously provided by Parent Support Services Trust amalgamated with our agency’s services. In 2007 we began using Jigsaw Whanganui as the trading name of Family Support Services Whanganui Trust. In 2020 the service provided by Rise Stopping Violence Services were amalgamated with our agency’s services.
Our wide range of support includes social work, parenting programmes, family harm prevention support, and advocacy.
Non-profits exist with the goal being to benefit the general public, and we believe that this holds true with Jigsaw Whanganui.
A world where families flourish and children thrive.
To support families & whānau to provide quality care for their children and young people by providing professional social work services.
To enable families & whānau and extended family & hapu to provide quality care for their children and young people.
Jigsaw Whanganui has supported thousands of families and whānau across the Whanganui, Waverley, Rangitikei, and Ruapehu communities, on their journey to building respectful relationships and being the best parents they can be for their tamariki.
But there is still more work to do.
Our goal at Jigsaw Whanganui is to enable couples, families and whānau to take better care of each other and their children, and where trust, safety and respect are restored. By making a donation to Jigsaw Whanganui, whether large or small, you’ll be enabling us to make sure people who face significant changes have the support they need to make positive changes in their life.