We are a "One stop shop" for people needing Social and Community agencies.
All the groups listed here offer their services free of charge, and are designed to help you, the public. All the groups are available Monday to Friday.
If you require assistance, do not hesitate to phone or visit. Remember, there is no charge for these community sevices.


Tel: 377 2219
Al-Anon is a world wide, self supporting, 12 step support organisation for families and friends of alcoholics.


Tel: 366 9456
Birthright offers support, encouragement and practical assistance to children of one parent families.

Canterbury Youth Workers Collective

Tel: 377 8080
The collective provides networking and support for paid and volunteer youth workers in Canterbury. The collective is committed to allowing youth workers to achieve their potential in terms of personal and professional growth.

Canterbury Volunteer Centre

Tel: 366 2442
Provides information & opportunities for those wanting to do voluntary work, or organisations wishing volunteers.

Citizens' Advice Bureau

Tel: 366 6490
The Citizens Advice Bureau provides information and guidance on almost any subject, to anyone.
Enquiries Confidential.

Christchurch Budget Advisory Service Inc

Tel: 366 3422
Offers free budgeting services, education in money matters, advises on the clearing of debt by providing clients with
the skills to manage their money.

Christchurch Safer Community Council

Tel: 377 2261 or 377 2262
C.S.C.C. is a two year pilot scheme, committed to creating safer communities by promoting effective co-ordination of central/local government agencies and community groups.

Community Services Trust

Tel: 379 4768
Provides non-profit Office supplies and Print and Publishing services to the Community sector, while creating employment for people with disabilities.

Council of Social Services

Tel: 366 2050
Brings together central and local government, voluntary agencies and community groups, providing a channel to give information back to the community. It has a particular concern for those who are less advantaged.

Cystic Fibrosis Association New Zealand

Tel: 365 1122
The Cystic Fibrosis Association aims to ensure increased life expectancy and to improve the quality of life for people with Cystic Fibrosis.

Disabled Persons Assembly

Tel: 379 8525, P.O. Box 32-074
Provides information to people with disabilities in Christchurch and Canterbury. Currently promoting their guidebook "Accessible Canterbury".
Website at canterbury.cyberplace.org.nz/community/dpachch/

Drug Arm

Tel: 366 9911
Provides resources to assist awareness of drug issues and the facilities to promote relief from alcohol and other drug dependencies.

Father and Child Trust

Tel: 372 9140
Run "Dad's Place", a drop-in/resource centre for fathers, providing support and advocacy, weekly playgroups, a fathering specific library and quarterly newsletter. The Trust also provide ante-natal education, supervised access, research papers and a base for the NZ Fathers and Child Society.

Living Springs

Tel: 365 4529
Run holiday campes for children aged 8 to 14 years. The aim of these camps is to provide an excellent week of exciting activities, in an atmosphere that builds confidence and a sense of self worth. Participants are from many different life circumstances. A huge group of dedicated youth leaders staff the camps, and offer ongoing support to these children and their families.

Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Tel: 377 6747
Is a support group for Male victims of child abuse working toward improved awareness of abuse in the community. They provide information and survivior resources in New Zealand.

National Council of Women

To unite and inform organised societies of women so as to promote the moral, civil and social welfare of the total community.

Network Waitangi Otautahi

Tel: 365 5266, P.O. Box 550
Incorporating Project Waitangi Workshops, the Network is focussed on Pakeha responsibility but is open to all who are working for a society based on the Treaty of Waitangi.

OSCAR Development in Christchurch (ODC)

Tel: 372 7227
Operates and establishes quality OSCAR, after school, before school and during holidays. These are centred around the children and their families, offering constructive opportunities for children to use their leisure time creatively in a caring and positive environment.

OSCAR Network

Tel: 379 3915
Supports and promotes Out of School Care And Recreation in Christchurch, providing resources, consultation, information and training. Parents may phone us to find out where the nearest OSCAR programme is.

Otautahi Women's Refuge

(Collection Depot Only)
Emergency accommodation for women who have been abused.


Tel: 381 1040
Confidential telephone counselling service for parents.

Plains Exchange and Barter System

Tel: 366 1992
PLEBS is a non profit community organisation established to facilitate local trading and employment, thus giving people increased economic independence. It helps people get the goods and services they want in exchange for their own skills and produce.

Rescare New Zealand

Tel: 374 2122
We are a nationwide group of families supporting other families with an intellectual disabled member. We have a large database of contacts and information to share. We can link families to others in the community.We have four operational branches throughout New Zealand and are internationally affiliated with Rescare UK and CIPAID Australia.

Te Runaka Ki Otautahi O Kai Tahu Trust

Tel: 379 7934
The mission of Te Runaka Ki Otautahi O Kai Tahu Trust is to enhance Mana Maori Motuhake in Otautahi. The pervasive concept of Mana Moari Motuhake is embroidered in classical poetic imagery and is depicted in the following expression: "The jewel of Moari identity, The plume of Moari dignity, The soul of Maori prestige".

Tenant's Protection Assosciation

Tel: 379 2297
Provides tenants with advice and information on housing problems, Housing Corporation Bond office and tenancy tribunal.


Tel: 377 3673
A non profit organisation that offers educational development support to families in crisis or otherwise troubled by unacceptable adolescent type behaviour. The programme empowers them to find their own solutions and take responsibility for their own actions.

Treasure Trove Play Library

Tel: 379 3915
An activities library for 5 to 13 year olds, promoting quality play for primary school children. We provide suitcases full of fun and surprise, Sculpture, Carpentry, music and movement units, Pool Games, Parachutes, Superbricks and much, much more. Come in and hire some FUN. The Play Library is open every weekday 1-2:30pm, including holidays.

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