Carolyn Downer

I would like to introduce myself as Coordinator of the Strengthening Families process for Hutt Valley and what the process is.

I am a grandmother of two, and parent of three adult children. My background as a teacher for many years, across all levels 1 – 13, prior to becoming a whanau support worker with Family Start has been invaluable coming to this role. I have always worked alongside families using a strengths based approach.

Strengthening Families is a free process, available to any family/whānau with a child, children or young person(s) from 0 – 17 who identify they need help from more than one support service or government agency. We work together with you, the family, to address these needs and what each service is going to do. Everyone agrees on a plan to help support you to move forward.

I receive many referrals from across the Valley around a huge range of issues covering family violence, child management, behaviour, health and disability, addiction, mental health, social connectedness.

To find out more please check out our website

My contact details are:

Telephone: (04) 570 3196

Fax:  (04) 570 3181

Cellphone:  029 650 0174


Postal Address:

PO Box 31520
Lower Hutt 5040

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Last updated on 14 Aug 2015