Methodist Mission Southern

Methodist Mission Southern

Change that works: Enough support and challenge for you to risk a better future.


Te Haahi Weterana o Aotearoa Methodist Mission Southern works to create positive, sustainable change for individuals and whanau throughout Otago and Southland. We lead with Change that works: Enough Support and challenge for you to risk a better future. He panonitanga huanuI: Nā te tautoko, nā te werowero ka hua ake tō ao.

While we currently achieve a lot, we know that with your support to 'mahia te mahi' keep doing the work, we will achieve even more.

We operate our successful youth transition and community services through our Youth Transition Houses in Dunedin, (YTH Ōtepōti, established 2018) and Invercargill (YTH Waihōpai, est. 2020), The Hub, Little Citizens Early Childhood Centre in South Dunedin which is also the home of ENGAGE our self-regulation in early childhood initiative, Next Step Training for youth, and adult education, community-based Client Support Services, speech language and communication needs, prison-based education, parenting and life-skill programmes, community parenting programmes, virtual reality learning tools, primary school STEM-engagement programmes, and a wide range of other successful, cutting-edge and proven research and evidence-based community-orientated programmes throughout the wider southern region.

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Methodist Mission Southern has been standing up for social justice in the Otago region since 1890. Methodist Mission Southern operatesYouth Transition House Ōtepoti, The Hub and Little Citizens Early Childhood Centres in South Dunedin and Milton, Next Step Training for youth and adult education. The Mission also delivers Parenting Through Separation throughout Otago, runs The Independent Information Service in Otago and Southland and delivers education and rehabilitation programmes at Corrections sites in Otago and Southland, plus a number of community-based support, advocacy and education programmes for a diverse range of clients.

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Three Years and Going Strong in Ōtepōti   21 April 2021

It's three years this month since the first rangatahi moved into our Ōtepōti Youth Transition Home (YTH). Since then 61 young people have successfully transitioned through our YTH houses into independent living - a success rate of over 90%!

The YTH model is extremely cost-effective, doesn't need any purpose-built facilities (our houses are rentals from private landlords), and achieves successful transitions in around 20 weeks on average. Find out more here:

It has taken some great social service partnerships to get YTH off the ground, and a core group of change-focused funders like; Ministry of Social Development (MSD), Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga - Ministry of Housing and Urban Development NZ, and Otago Community Trust

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