Catholic Social Services Vicariate

Catholic Social Services is the
social outreach agency of the
Archdiocese of Wellington.

Our vision, “All people live and flourish in communities characterised by charity – love in action”.

If you are interested in using our services please feel free to contact us at any time. We are here to support you.

Who are we?

We are a team of professional counsellors, social workers, community workers and administrative support people.

What do we do?

• Counselling and therapy for individuals, families and couples.
• Support to refugee and migrant families.
• Anger management and violence prevention for individuals.
• Grief and loss support related to death, abortion and relationship issues.
• Living without violence programmes
• Programmes to support women in violent relationships.
• General community and social work support to families/whanau in need.
• School Social Work.

What will it cost?

For counselling, we operate on a donation basis.

Contribution per session

Waged (individual or couple) $40 (minimum)
Unwaged or part-time (individual or couple) $20
Counselling studies requirement $40
Court report required $40

We are grateful to those clients who are financially able to contribute more than the $40 minimum.

People are not turned away because of their financial circumstances.  Our social work services are free.

Where are we based?

We are based in Wellington city. We also provide services in Porirua, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt.

How we are funded?

We are dependent on the goodwill of the community and on assistance from various governmental, community, religious and archdiocesan grants.

Supporting Catholic Social Services

How Can You Help?  By becoming a member of the ‘1000 Club’ …

Currently we have just under 500 members. Our ultimate aim is to have 1000 members donating $100 per annum. Thinking in terms of $2 per week, it means many more could afford to support us.

If you would like to become a member, make a donation, become a collector on appeal days, or would like information on making bequests to Catholic Social Services, please contact us.

Charitable Donations

Did you know that the maximum refund has been lifted for charitable donations? This means that if you would like to donate to Catholic Social Services, when you complete your Tax Refund form you can claim back a tax rebate of one third for every dollar you donate up to the amount of your income. Further information around this is available on