Our social workers can visit you in your home to talk about your situation. They can then work with you to plan and make changes that will improve your life and that of your family.
We receive various donations of items in new or very good, clean condition. These donations include household goods, clothing, books and toys that we then provide to families.
We have a library of books including a broad range of subjects such as parenting, child development and coping with grief. We also have beautiful story books for children. Our library is in our office at 1a Harewood Rd, Papanui.
We send newsletters to all our registered families at the start of each school term. The newsletters include articles, event details, parenting tips, recipes and competitions for children. We also produce an update for our funders and supporters to keep them informed about what we are doing.
We can support you during meetings with organisations and agencies such as Work and Income, Strengthening Families, etc.
Parents' Group offers an opportunity to learn about a range of parenting related topics, while having fun with other parents/caregivers. People who have attended in the past have said the group is a fantastic way of making new friends and learning practical skills. Previous topics have included basic first aid; fire safety training; and how to make Christmas cards and decorations. DIY workshops have also been held on subjects such as lawn mower maintenance.
This group for teenage girls aims to teach, inspire and support emerging young women through what can be a challenging time. By learning new skills, sharing experiences and reflecting, teenagers are provided with tools to help them choose their best path in life.
This group for young boys is a supportive environment where they can talk about topics like importance of family, the value of education and violence free relationships. The boys also explore our beautiful community and enjoy some outdoor activities. This program will provide an opportunity for them to meet a positive role model/link them with a mentor and to form beneficial relationships with other youth in a similar situation.
The coffee group is a chance for parents to meet other parents over a cup of coffee in an informal and friendly environment. In this supportive group parents can get help and advice on a variety of topics. There is also the occasional guest speaker. The group meet on the second Monday of every month at Community House of Mid Canterbury at 10:30 am. The group is free to attend and runs for approximately one hour.
Ashburton Coffee Group
What our families say
It feels like they are on my side, which is quite a big deal when you’re a single parent. It often doesn’t feel like much is on your side.