Support and Advocacy

One-to-One Free Social Work Support


Do you feel 'stuck'? Alone? Under pressure? Don't know where else to turn?

Our kind and experienced social workers can assist you with many life challenges, including:

Budgeting, financial hardship
Goal-setting, life direction
Relationship issues
Parenting skills
Family violence
Employment problems
Health concerns
Accommodation & emergency housing  

We can also link you with other services as needed. Our social workers, Jo and Nita, know the community well and can help you find skilled assistance in many different situations. We are also able to do home visits if transport is a problem.


We don't have a magic wand but we do help you to find your strengths, discover options, and make choices to improve your life and the well-being of your family/whanau.



Sometimes it helps to have another listening ear or moral support at important meetings.

We can accompany you to appointments with:

Work & Income
Other agencies 


Joanne Thomson Community Social Worker


I have been working as a part-time social worker at the Nelson Women’s Centre since June 2019. Prior to this, I worked in mental health for the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board (NMDHB) and have experience working in the supported employment field. Throughout my career, I have worked in a variety of social service environments, including education, probation, and as a project manager for Kainga Ora. 

My interests include mental health and wellbeing, helping women access resources including the family court and domestic violence programmes, and advocating for issues involving pay equity. I have a strong appreciation for the natural world and have lived in Whakatū (Nelson) twice (having previously left to work in Wellington), returning to settle for the beautiful weather and natural environment the Whakatū and Golden Bay regions provide. 


Nita Jones Community Social Worker