Community News

Community Connections for Adults - Christchurch City Libraries

These courses provide individuals and groups with hands-on skills in using information and communication technologies to support lifelong learning, and encourage community connectedness.

We can design specific programmes to help up-skill your community group in a particular area of interest. A tour of your local community library can also be arranged. For enquiries regarding tailored programmes please phone (03) 941 5140.

Click here for more information.


Volunteering Opportunity - Nurse Maude

The Volunteers we are looking for will be able to commit to providing regular support each week, and building a medium to long-term, trust-based relationship with a family. 

The support you provide will typically be delivered as a weekly 2-4 hour “block of time”, which could be spent in a variety of ways.  It could be anything from helping ensure other children get to sporting commitments, right through to baby-sitting for the child with complex health needs while the rest of the family enjoy an outing.

The complexity of the child’s health needs; the background, experience and comfort of the volunteer; and the level of trust and knowledge that has developed with the family, will all determine the way the volunteer provides support.  

For an information pack about the service and a volunteer application form, contact Bridget Scorgie, Volunteer administrator at Nurse Maude on 03 375-4238.


Aunty Dee - Le Va

It’s ok to have problems. It’s actually quite normal to have problems. But it’s not ok when your problems make you feel trapped or overwhelmed, because that’s when things can get out of hand.  And nobody wants that. Having someone there who can help you sort out your problems could make all the difference. That’s what Aunty Dee is all about.

Le Va have produced a well being app focussed on structured problem solving. It’s a great tool for all to use no matter how big or small the problem – and most importantly its free! We would appreciate if you could give it a go and send out wide to your networks, especially for those that work with young people, or to groups of young people.

This app is for everyone. The target population is Pacific and Maori young people aged 14-25 years, but is free and appropriate for all to use (including adults!)


The Friday Group

(Weekend Planning) Around Safe/No Alcohol & Drug Use
Every Friday | 12:30 – 2:00pm

Download the flyer for information on meetings in April.

Oxford Tce Baptist Church Hall, Madras St, Christchurch Food & Refreshments provided. For further details contact MHAPS 03 366 8288



VOICE is held on the 3rd Monday of each month, 12.30pm light lunch, 12.45pm meeting commences.

VOICE is a forum for mental health non-government organisations and close associates. Meetings cover aspects such as current trends and developments within mental health in New Zealand with particular emphasis on NGO mental health services.

Please contact MHERC by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 365 5344 for more information and venues.


Common Ground

The Mental Health Foundation, Skylight, Youthline, along with the Ministry of Social Development have worked hard to put together Common Ground, an online resource for the friends and whānau of young people in New Zealand.

Parents, family, whānau and friends play a vital role in supporting young kiwis through challenging times in their lives. But sometimes it can be hard to see the signs of an emerging mental health issue until it gets to a crisis point, and it can be difficult to know what to do.

Common Ground provides easy access to information that will help friends and whānau support young people to manage hard times, and enjoy happier lives. 

The website, phone line and information pack service gives people access to information, tools and support, so they can assist our rangatahi in getting the right kind of help when they need it.


Move Ahead - The Methadone Support Group

Latnam House, 499 Colombo Street, Christchurch

Support from peer supporters with personal experience for people who are on, have been on, or are thinking of starting on the Methadone Program.

This meeting follows the Methadone Consumer Meeting.

Please telephone 366 8288 or text 027 372 7741 for the date of the next meeing or more information.


The Blokes Book

The Blokes Book is now available as a smart phone app. 

Please share this link with people you know with a smart phone.

Is your info on it? We'd love to have suggestions for improvement. We would especially appreciate support to get this app to the rebuild workers/migrants and hope you can help us out.

Special thanks to Karl and Luke (our social work students) for putting the time and effort into making this happen. 

App Store  Google play 


ABE - Activity Based Experience

The ABE Programme is a service whose primary aim is to encourage people living with mental illness to engage in healthier lifestyles. It aims to improve physical health and mental well-being.

The programme offers person-centred, individualised programmes that are typically three months in duration. All we ask is a commitment from you to attend weekly appointments over this time at a location of your choice e.g. your home, local park, gym or other.

Check out the flyer for more information and contact details.


Women's Support Group

10.00am to 12.00noon | Every 2nd Friday
Aviva Community Office, 90 Fitzgerald Ave, Christchurch
Gold coin donation appreciated

Meet and talk about a variety of topics and share our individual skills, celebrations etc. Outings and invited guests are an option.

Please phone 03 378 3831 for more information.


Overeaters Anonymous

Is eating a problem for you?  Are you suffering from Anorexia, Bulimia, Obesity and/or Compulsive Eating?  There is a solution.  Meetings held weekly throughout Christchurch and Rangiora.  All welcome.  Phone 365 3812. 

This information is for the whole Canterbury area with meetings in Christchurch and Rangiora.


Mauri Ora Fathers’ Circle  - Father and Child Trust

Every Wednesday 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Support Group for the wellbeing of Fathers. We aim to provide a safe place for sharing father related issues, with understanding and hoping to strenghthen our fathering abilities.

Please phone 03 982 2440 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Volunteering Opportunities at St Luke's Centre

St Luke's Centre is seeking volunteers to assist with their social sessions. St Luke's rely on voluntary support to provide a social centre for people of all ages experiencing mental health challenges. Volunteer duties include practical tasks such as setting up and packing down the room, making and serving food, and most importantly social interaction. 
Please note we have now returned to the Canterbury Bowling Club, 109 Salisbury Street, Christchurch.

More infomation is also available either online via Volunteering Canterbury (reference 'Social Stars') or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


We Want You! The Just Dirt Trust

We are a charitable trust that engages in encouraging the establishment of community gardens. Please contact us to find out how you can help. Contact Selwyn Eagle on 385 6894 or 027 604 6816.


The Mood Swingers

Every Friday | 11.00am - 12.00pm | MHAPS, 826 Colombo Street, Christchurch

A fun peer support singing group for positive mental wellbeing with a range of songs to suit all moods.

Download the flyer for details.


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This app is for everyone. The target population is Pacific and Maori young people aged 14-25 years, but is free and appropriate for all to use (including adults!)