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Community Connections Centre

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9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


The Community Connections Centre (operating under Community Networking Trust) is a community house where you can access social services and support. We support the Eastern Southland region.

The following services are provided at the Community Connections Centre:

  • Heartland Services - access for the general public to Government and community agencies and services.
  • Strengthening Families - case management process for families working with multiple agencies.
  • Youth Worker - a strengths-based, client focused approach to empowering young people (aged 5-18), removing barriers and providing advocacy.
  • Hokonui Huanui - community led initiative supporting young people and their whānau from 0-24years of age to achieve positive outcomes via three workstreams: Family/Whānau Navigator, Learning 2 Earning service; and health and wellbeing
  • Community Connector - supporting people to access services and groups 
  • Family/Whānau Navigators - available to work 1:1 with families/whānau who have children aged 0-18, and are living in the Eastern Southland District. Our focus is to provide navigational support to ensure families/whānau are connected with the services, agencies, and supports they need to have positive outcomes. 

To access our services, or for further information please visit our website for a referral form, or to contact us directly.

We also provide information around other social and support services, and are to happy to assist with making appointments where needed. 

We facilitate monthly community liaison meetings for agencies and organisations working in the local community, as well as lead and participate in various community projects. 


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

How do I access this service?

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Anyone can contact the Centre for information and enquiries.

Strengthening Families, Youth Worker and Hokonui Huanui services do require a referral. We can support you to complete the referral process…


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Services are free


9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Mon – Fri9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Public Holidays: Closed Labour Day (24 Oct), Waitangi Day (6 Feb), Good Friday (7 Apr), Easter Sunday (9 Apr), Easter Monday (10 Apr), Southland Anniversary (11 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (5 Jun), Matariki (14 Jul).

Languages Spoken


Services Provided

Service coordination


Education and training

  • Life skills
  • Skills courses

Employment support

Legal / civil services

  • Consumer rights
  • Legal advice
  • Tax advice

Supporting financial independence

LGBTIQ+ support

Our youth worker/Learning To Earning Navigator is working with local LGBTIQ+ networks and organisations to establish a rainbow peer support group for Eastern Southland. 


  • Parenting education
  • Parent wellbeing
  • Whānau support
  • Dads


The Community Connections Centre are accredited issuing agents for Total Mobility - to join the scheme for subsidised public transport fares, please contact us to arrange an appointment for assessment.…


Wheelchair Access


Document Downloads


  • Free offsite parking available 
  • Accessibility parking available 




Contact Details

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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1 Charlton Lane
East Gore
Southland 9710

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Street Address

1 Charlton Lane
East Gore
Southland 9710

This page was last updated at 3:37PM on February 9, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Community Connections Centre.