A Community Social Worker helps people manage their daily lives and helps them adapt to and change their circumstances. Social Workers focus on problem solving and change. They do this through assessing and identifying needs; planning and goal setting; counselling; advocacy and skills training. They also help people obtain services and resources in the community.

We can help with:

¨Grief and loss

¨Anxiety and depression


¨Relationship issues

¨Family issues


¨Development difficulties

¨Social functioning


¨Self image

¨Adjusting to change

¨Health difficulties

¨Family violence

¨Setting life goals

Frances Lapslie

MANZASW, Registered Social Worker, ACC approved

Bachelor of Social Work, Certificate in Clinical Supervision

Frances has over 30 years’ experience in the social work/counselling field, mostly within the health sector. She has worked in community, mental health and hospital settings in clinical and management roles.

Frances has a particular interest in working with women and children.

Who can refer?
Any professional or community individual or organisation can refer.

A family can also self refer.

How to refer:

To enquire about Social Work Services, please phone (04)233 1248 and leave a message

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Our Social Work Services are free of charge. The North Porirua Care Trust fundraises and applies for grants to ensure that all clients receive services.

This is what 3 clients have to say about our social work services:

“I liked the fact that the social worker could come to my home especially at time when I felt I couldn’t go out I public. They are very flexible with times. Once the referral had been made by my G.P. the contact made was very prompt.”

“At a time when I was desperate to get help, your services were offered to me. The support from my social worker was amazing and this continued for 18 months. I have come a long way since my 1st contact 18 months ago, and couldn’t have done it alone. I set many goals during this time and with the encouragement and support I got, I was able to achieve them.
Great service and professionalism to someone in need.”

“[She] made the environment nice and calm and made it easy to talk and say what I needed to, so thank you very much, it really helped.”



 Where hope is restored


69f Discovery Drive

PO Box 58206,

Whitby, 5245

Phone: (04) 233 1248 and leave a message

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Social Worker


Contact Details

Church Office

69f Discovery Drive, Whitby

Porirua, 5024

Ph: (04) 234 7336


Office hours are 9:00am - 3:30pm, Tuesday to Friday.

PO Box 58025, Porirua, 5245


North Porirua Care Centre

PO Box 58206, Whitby 5245

Ph: (04) 233 1248 and leave a message



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