St Andrews Family Trust

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St Andrews Family Trust

Our commitment:

  • To empower families/whanau to build on and develop their strengths, and by assisting them, wherever possible, to remain together through non-judgemental Christian support.
  • To enable Diocesan – wide loving, Christian social service to families and whanau.


A History of St Andrew’s

St Andrew's Trust is a longstanding and effective entity. The Trust grew out of the St Andrew’s Home Society, which was established by the Anglican Synod in 1887 to offer help to children and families in need.

In 1892 St Andrew’s was caring for thirty-four children, nine being at the receiving home in Nelson, eight at Whakarewa and seventeen in private foster homes. The receiving home moved from Nelson to Richmond in 1968.

In 1989 the focus of St Andrew’s shifted as a result of changing legislation. This legislation set out how care was to be provided. The Society could no longer offer help in the way it had been doing.

Over a very difficult period, a new direction was decided upon. St Andrew’s entered into a contract with the Open Home Foundation to utilise the home for children in foster care or respite care. A new Trust was established, taking over the assets of the St Andrew’s Home Society.

In 2015 it became clear that Open Home Foundation were no longer able to use the home in the same way as they had in the past. The children coming into care had more complex needs and it was no longer appropriate to place several children from different families in one home.  By mutual consent Open Home Foundation and St Andrew's Family Trust terminated their lease agreement.

After prayerful consideration, the managemnt committee of St Andrew's decided the sell the home, invest the proceeeds and use the income to support children and families.  Grants can be given to organisations and agencies which run projects to enhance the well being of children and families; small special needs grants can also be offered to those children who are in urgent need of help.

The Trust covers the top of the South Island, Marlborough, Nelson, Tasman and the West Coast.



The current trustees are Maree Chaney (Chair), Pam Woodward (Blenheim), Nikki Pritchard, Shirlene Spencer, Helen Perris.

Supported by:  Jen Lockwood (Social Services Enabler), Deborah Oliver (acting Secretary)

How can you help? 

  • By prayer
  • By making a donation
  • By leaving a bequest

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Funding Criteria

St Andrews Family Trust operates in partnership with parishes and social service agencies to deliver programmes and services which benefit children and families. 

Please note the following:

  • Our primary focus is children and families
  • We prefer to fund work which occurs at an early intervention level
  • New and innovative projects which provide a “help up” are encouraged
  • Programmes which invest in and strengthen community are viewed positively
  • Evidence of an evaluation of community needs in programme planning is desirable
  • No large capital items or building expenses will be funded
  • Funding is not automatically ongoing. Notwithstanding the above, the Trust reserves the right to exercise absolute discretion to make grants outside the above criteria if God leads

Applications for St Andrews Family Trust funds

St Andrews Trust is keen to receive applications for funds from Parishes or any community based group which is providing, or wanting to provide, a service which will meet the Objects of the Trust.

The application form needs to explain who the applicants are, the service which is seeking funds and the current financial situation. This will include other funding sources, accountability pathways and any employment arrangements.

Application forms can be found on this website under: Resources -Grants/Funding

Applications for project funding will be considered in October each year. Accountability Reports are due by 31st March each year.


The use of St Andrews Family Trust Funds 

Since 2006 the Trust has provided the funding for a social worker to work part time in a kindergarten in a low socio economic area in Nelson. This project is a partnership between Presbyterian Support Services and St Andrews Family Trust and came about as a result of concerns that social work intervention is needed by families in this particular area of Nelson, and St Andrews Trust members who are keen to support early intervention in families under stress. This project has since been extended by the Nelson Kindergarten Association.

The balance of income is distributed following applications by community groups and parishes.


Other Activities

The objectives of the At Andrews Family Trust are very broad and can cover many aspects of child and family support.

The Trust has also advocated on behalf of groups of people who are disadvantaged, a recent example being the lack of appropriate respite care for families with children or teenagers with physical disabilities.

The Trust also contributed to the costs of in-service training for the kindergarten social worker.

If an issue concerns children and families in difficulty, it potentially is a concern for St Andrews Family Trust.

Contact details: 

Maree Chaney (Chair) 0275 333 170

Jen Lockwood (Social Services Enabler)  03 548 3124  or  027 439 7151

Email: or

or write to -

St Andrews Family Trust
C/- Nelson Anglican Centre 
PO Box 100,
Nelson 7040


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Applications for Funding.

See attached the code of ethics and funding criteria by which St Andrews Family Trust assess applications for funding, along with an application form.

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