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Loss and Grief Centre

Mental Health & Addictions Service


Community Care Service

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Community based support - mental health



Age Groups

Child / Tamariki, Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua

Referral Types

GP, DHB clinical services

Referral Process

Individuals must meet one of the criteria below to be considered for home/school-based visits from a support worker:

  • The client is physically unable to attend the centre including mobility issues and residential barriers.
  • The client is financially unable to pay for transport to attend the centre.
  • The client has been formally referred for specific support from another professional partner eg. G.P.
  • The client’s employment/schooling is a barrier to accessing open hours.
  • The client is emotionally too distraught to attend the centre.
  • The client is too young to attend the centre.

There will be an initial allocation of up to 3 visits/contacts to assess and determine the needs of the individual. 



The community care service offers support to those who are unable to physically attend the loss and grief centre during open drop in hours. This service is designed to offer wider support to Southlanders living with loss and grief.

Community Care can be provided at an individual's home, rest home or school.