About Carers’ Society

Carers’ Society Otago supports unpaid family/whanau carers of anyone with a disability, chronic illness, or addiction throughout Otago and parts of Southland.

Where are we located?

Carers Society Otago is located on level two of Community House, 301 Moray Pl, Dunedin. The Carers’ Lounge is open from 8:30 – 5 Monday to Friday. Please come in, make a cuppa, and choose some information from our extensive Jenny Clegg Library or brochure stands.


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Membership

We have over 500 family members throughout Otago including:

  • 300 Carers in Dunedin and Mosgiel
  • 41 Carers in North Otago
  • 26 Carers in Central Otago
  • 6 Carers in West Otago
  • 38 Carers in South Otago
  • 15 Young Carers in Dunedin
  • 70 relevant agencies

Background Information: How we got started.

During the late 1980’s, there was a growing awareness in Dunedin of the needs of carers. Archives make reference to an initial meeting of carers that took place at Wakari Hospital on 24 February 1988. The group consisted of elderly people who had been primary carers for many years of their spouses, now patients at Wakari Hospital. This group met weekly to provide mutual support. By 1990 a committee who described themselves as a ‘Core Group’ was formed. For some time, this group came under the umbrella of the Dunedin Council of Social Services and liaised amongst a number of carer support groups.

In 1997 Carers’ Society Otago was established. This new group was incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act on 26 August 1997 and had its office within Presbyterian Support Centre in Moray Place, Dunedin. Subsequently the office was moved to another Presbyterian Support owned building in Moray Place and in January 2001 to its present location at Community House.

How are we funded?

The Community Workers raise funds for the operating costs of Carers’ Society Otago. We do not charge our members a fee but donations are gratefully accepted.