Posts in Canterbury
Kai for the Community

We are a small group of volunteers who provide a hot dinner on a Sunday evening to around 80 people (including homeless) from our vulnerable community in central Christchurch. We have a number of gaps in our roster this year for community groups to cater a meal (typically requires 7-12 people), or for individuals to provide a meal to assist our team. The food is supplied by volunteers and cooking is done off site and delivered hot ready to be served. You are welcome to stay for meal service and clean up.

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is the flagship biodiversity project for the South Island where multiple species of plants and animals are protected from predators. A predator fence surrounds 307 hectares of Coastal Otago forest, pests have been removed, habitat enhanced with weed control and planting, and many rare and endangered species re-introduced.

Our vision: A healthy, self-sustaining ecosystem, free of all introduced mammals and comprising indigenous species that are appropriate to the Orokonui forest, where people can enjoy a peaceful encounter with nature, and from which they may take recreation, refreshment, new knowledge, new skills and a new commitment to conservation.

The objectives of the ecosanctuary can be summarised as:

To restore the ecological integrity of the Orokonui Valley by providing a pest-free environment where existing native species can thrive and into which absent native species can be safely introduced

To facilitate the accumulation of and to disseminate knowledge about biodiversity conservation

To provide opportunities for public participation in biodiversity conservation and management, for advocacy, and for education.

To maintain financial viability.

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Surrogate Grandparents New Zealand Charitable Trust

Surrogate Grandparents is a New Zealand based Charitable Trust (CC54933) who connects families with surrogate grandparents in order to forge lasting friendships and family bonds.

What problems are we helping to solve?
Social isolation and loneliness are much more serious than just uncomfortable feelings... Research has shown that social isolation and loneliness has been linked with increased mortality, depression, high blood pressure and dementia. These are serious issues in New Zealand and not just for our older generations. Social isolation and loneliness are problems that people struggle with right across New Zealand's social demographics on a daily basis.

How can surrogate grandparents help?
Surrogate Grandparents is the bridge that connects generations. By connecting families with surrogate grandparents and grandparents with our children; we can fight social isolation and loneliness in New Zealand. Working together, we can make New Zealand a more caring and connected nation.

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Live Life Programme

Live Life is a pioneering community focused programme, designed to assist young people (18 to 35 years of age), who have low self-esteem and are socially isolated, identify their unique strengths and talents, gain new experiences and build confidence to enable them to begin further training and/or obtain suitable employment or education.

One of the most important things we do as part of Live Life is match the young person with an older mentor who volunteers an hour or two a week to provide them with support and a guiding hand to achieve their training/employment goals. We do this because we firmly believe that each generation has so much to offer the other, for the older mentor they gain a greater sense of purpose and accomplishment and have the satisfaction of making a real difference for the next generation.

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Manuka Cottage Addington Community House Incorporated

Manuka Cottage is a Community Development Hub and a physical base for the Addington community to gather. The Cottage runs activities and groups that encourage participation and connection as part of a strategy to develop a sense of identity for the local Addington community, help break down barriers and isolation and encourage healthy connections.

Manuka Cottage has 6 main projects:

Manuka Cottage as a Community House

Addington OSCAR After School and Holiday Programs

Addington TimeBank

Addington Times

Addington Well-being

Manuka Fruit & Vege Co-op

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Cycling in Christchurch

Cycling in Christchurch was launched in May 2012 to promote, encourage and support cycling as a means of getting from A to B within the greater Christchurch area. The aim of Cycling in Christchurch is to grow the number of people biking by sharing ‘on the street’ knowledge about cycling, encouraging ‘almost cyclists’ to take that next step, and providing invaluable guidance to those who are new to cycling for transport. Cycling in Christchurch is written by a diverse group of volunteers with different perspectives on cycling based on their own experiences of riding a bicycle.

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Te Mapua Trust

Te Mapua children translates to "the precious children". Precious young lives that need support, love, nurture guidance and care right here in Aotearoa. We are a Christian organisation that believe in bringing this value to light in schools, communities and homes and seeing children overcome hardship, disadvantage and obstacles to their social, emotional, physical, educational and spiritual health. At Te Mapua we care, love, nurture, guide, teach, mentor, encourage, clothe, feed, comfort, and pray for each child we are fortunate to share life with, through a range of programmes.

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Bread & Circus - World Buskers Festival

Bread & Circus World Buskers Festival is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated Volunteers to help bring the streets and venues of Christchurch to life this January 2019!

Volunteering with Bread & Circus World Buskers Festival will not only get you amongst the community, it will provide a platform to develop existing skills knowledge and experience in the events and arts industry, make new friends and partnerships, give you industry networking experience, a sense of accomplishment and of course a whole lot of fun!

We are looking for volunteers who can contribute to the atmosphere and keep our Festival visitors happy and safe, whilst also enabling them to enjoy their visit. If you are reliable, personable, enthusiastic and have a positive attitude we would like to hear from you!

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Community Energy Action (CEA) Charitable Trust

CEA has existed for nearly 25 years, offering energy efficient solutions to help people in our community create healthy homes. We provide insulation subsidies, free, recycled curtains through our curtain bank (the largest in New Zealand!), a free energy advice hotline on 0800 GET WARM, and other means to help low-income, vulnerable people live and work in healthy environments.

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Global NZ lyme and Coinfections Support Group

We are a health support and awareness organisation for the global pandemic of Lyme disease and its Coinfections.

Unfortunately it is not recognised here in NZ but we have sufferers and some have never left NZ and have it.

There is no cure, it's congenital, and one of the most cruelest debilitating diseases you can get, but is known as the invisible illness as many put on good fronts in public and society never sees them at home afterwards trying to cope with numerous symptoms.

We are collaborating with other worldwide organisations and advocates to spread awareness and support sufferers.

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