Who we are

Supergrans Dunedin Charitable Trust was established in 2004 and is part of a nationwide network that was founded in 1993. We provide services to Dunedin City, including Mosgiel, and have two part-time staff as well as an amazing team of volunteers.

At Supergrans we offer free holistic support to individuals and whanau who may need to learn new skills to survive and thrive in todays’ world.

In response to community need we aim to provide support that is practical, flexible and non-judgemental.

We believe in helping people to help themselves.

To do this we have developed a service that provides one-on-one help (either in home or at our friendly premises) as well as small group workshops, on-going programmes and drop-in services.

Our ‘grans’ (community mentors) come from all walks of life and have life experience and practical skills to share.

Support is provided around:


Economical shopping

Meal planning and food preparation

Basic sewing, knitting and mending

Gardening to support the food table

Household management and hygiene

Sustainable living

Help with basic literacy and numeracy

The support we provide helps families develop skills to live well on fixed incomes while improving their health and well-being. 

We aim to empower people and families to be self-reliant and feel supported in making healthy lifestyle choices that will enable them to reach their potential and contribute to the community.

Who we are?

SuperGrans was founded in 1993 by Erin McMenamin in Lower Hutt.    SuperGrans Dunedin was established in 2004. We became a registered Charitable Trust in 2008 (CC28366). We are reliant on funding from Grants from various sources. We operate under the umbrella of SuperGrans Aotearoa Inc. and are currently the only branch in the South Island.

Our Trustees are:  Judy Marsh (Chairperson), Joanne Bates, Barney Cooper, Lois Scott-Muir, Martin Hildreth and Jan Campbell

We are very grateful to G S McLauchlan & Co Chartered Accountants for being our Treasurer.

We have two part time staff who work approximately 40 hours a week between them
Manager – Sandy McKay
Administrator – 

We have an amazing team of volunteers who make our work possible.

What we do?

SuperGrans is a free, holistic mentoring support service for individuals/families/whanau.  It is recognised that life’s challenges and financial stress impact on people’s health and wellbeing.  For this reason, we provide a holistic mentoring service modelled on the understanding of Te Whare Tapa Wha - the four cornerstones of Māori health.  We welcome mentor enquiries from all communities.  Age is no barrier to becoming a Community Mentor.  

We can offer a one-on-one home-base support and group workshops to help families develop capabilities to manage their household, including finances.  This support is provided through our community mentor service, supporting the learning of household management skills including: 

Economical shopping
Meal planning and food preparation
Basic sewing/mending
Gardening to supplement the food table
Household management and hygiene
Children’s routines

This support helps families reduce their cost of living and improve their health and feeling of well-being.    

Our service empowers families to be self-reliant and confident to make healthy life-style choices that will support individuals and families to reach their potential and participate within the family and community environment.

We use mature volunteers matched closely to the client’s needs. Supergrans and client progress and outcomes are monitored.  Our volunteers benefit enormously from sharing their experiences with younger people who are keen to learn. It is very satisfying for them and often provides a purpose in life that they didn’t have before. 

We have extended what we do and are running group workshops, (some in collaboration with other organisations) which will increase social connections for both clients and mentors.  While the majority of our work is run for free (for those in need) some of our workshops will be fee paying to enable us to continue to provide other workshops for free.

Our Team

‘Sharing knowledge across generations to create positive change’