The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services

Overview

The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) represents six denomination based networks: the Anglican Care Network, the Baptist, Catholic, and Presbyterian social services agencies, as well as the Methodist and the Salvation Army churches.

Collectively, these six members are responsible for around 500 social service delivery sites in their networks throughout New Zealand.

Our members deliver a wide range of services that cover such areas as child and family services, services for older people, foodbank and emergency services, housing, budgeting, disability, addictions, community development and employment services.

This size and diversity in services are amongst the many reasons for NZCCSS to celebrate our membership and the work that they do to meet people’s needs throughout New Zealand.

 

NZCCSS Mission and Role

NZCCSS works for a just and compassionate society in Aotearoa New Zealand. We see this as a continuation of the mission of Jesus Christ. In seeking to fulfil this mission, we are committed to:

  • giving priority to the poor and vulnerable members of our society
  • Te Tiriti O Waitangi

The key roles of NZCCSS are to represent the common interests and vision of our members at the national level; to supply information and networking opportunities to support members providing quality services; and to develop, critique and advocate for policies that will assist poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society.

A national Council, made up of two representatives from each denomination, governs NZCCSS.

A small Secretariat team carries out the day-to-day work of the Council. This includes gathering and distributing information, research on social policy issues, and building relationships with government officials and others working in the community sector.

A Policy Group oversees the policy and research work that NZCCSS does in three key areas: children and families, impacts of poverty & exclusion, and older people. Each Policy Group is made up of at least two council representatives plus social services managers, academics or others with particular expertise in that area. This means that the work that NZCCSS does is well informed by what is happening throughout New Zealand.

An example of NZCCSS’ current work under the three main policy areas gives an indication of the work we do:

  • Children and Families – including writing briefing papers for Christian social service providers to help them manage and be fully aware of the changes being introduced by government in relation to children at risk.
  • Impacts of Poverty & Exclusion – including the Poverty Indicator Project that researched clients coming to foodbanks as the basis for developing a strategy to reduce the need for foodbanks.
  • Older people – including campaigning for improved funding in both residential and home-based care for older New Zealanders in order to protect people needing these services.

Member Churches of NZCCSS

Philanthropic Organisations

NZCCSS is grateful for the support of the following philanthropic organisations: