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Canterbury Men's Centre Newsletter: June 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, mens health, Community Groups

Read the Canterbury Men's Centre's annual report for the 2018 year.

It has been a pretty remarkable year overall. Thanks for the support of you all in helping us achieve our aim of Happy Healthy Canterbury Men.

Canterbury Men's Centre is moving!

We are moving to 21 Marshland Road in Shirley - right across from the West entrance to The Palms Shopping Mall.

We've been at our current location at 357 Gloucester Street in Linwood for 5 years. A special thanks to Linda and Andy - our landlord of the past five years - for their flexibility, their responsiveness and their encouragement over this period. It's been a dream run for us.

Changes at the Canterbury Men's Centre this year

The past year has had the CMC do a significant reconfiguration. Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust reformed as a service under our agency. Recently the Father and Child Trust has also reformed as a service under our agency.

Both groups fit the broader purpose of Happy Healthy Canterbury Men and come with a rich legacy of good work and experienced staff. 

Staff at the Canterbury Men's Centre

It was nice to have a new team working together for the past three months, caring for men coming in the door. Carmen is a University of Canterbury Social Work student, and Jamie is an Ara Institute Social Work student.

Noeline Allan is our new Service Manager. Noeline is very well known around the community sector having had a role in local politics for many years (Banks Peninsula mayor and more).

We have grown from 100 to 130 weekly clients in the past 6 months, and appear to be still growing. Our waiting list is usually a week or so still with us hearing from some that this is pretty swift. Contact us to get a referral going or to ask questions (03 365 9000 or counsellor[at]canmen.org.nz).

Challenge the Silence

Thanks so much to CTV for this recently released series of short films regarding local men recovering from sexual trauma. These men are all in our support groups and tell some very gutsy stories. We are very proud of them for taking this leap and think of it as helpful to other men and an important marker of New Zealand social history. 

Special thanks to Shelley and Geoff who produced the series, as well as the men and 1 woman that put their story out into the world.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch