Posts tagged Christchurch
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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Rekindle is a social enterprise based in Ōtautahi/Christchurch. Rekindle creates opportunities for resourcefulness. We focus on transforming undervalued resources through care, connection and craft; this being the opposite of wastefulness. Being resourceful is both good for us and good for the earth upon whose finite resources we depend. Resourcefulness requires us to utilise and value our inner resources and our ability to access to what we need for lives we value. Being truly resourceful connects us within communities as we share the resources we have.

Rekindle runs the Festival of Necessary Traditions.

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Trees for Canterbury

Trees for Canterbury is a Not-for-profit Community organisation.

Our mission is as follows:

Employ; establishing a sense of involvement in the community for disadvantaged people (physically, intellectually, socially and at risk youth) and providing an environment of acceptance as well as support and training for self-development – instilling self-esteem and work habit.

Educate; working with educational institutions, providing assistance in the teaching of environmental awareness.

Regenerate; cultivating native plants for community planting’s and our own revegetation projects using plant material eco-sourced from local areas.

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