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Support available to non-profits in North Canterbury

Wednesday, December 07, 2016   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: earthquake recovery, Community Groups, services, support, non-profit

Message from the Social Equity and Wellbeing Network (SEWN)

The Christchurch non-profit sector would like everyone who is part of a community group or non-profit organisation in Hurunui and Kaikoura to know that they hold you in our minds and in our hearts. They know that you are the people, groups and organisations who are there for the long haul, supporting and rebuilding your community’s wellbeing.

Six years ago the Christchurch non-profit sector faced the journey that you are now on, working in circumstances that they could never have imagined, dealing with their own difficulties, stresses and fears, and still working hard in their communities. Please know that the Christchurch non-profit sector are here for you, and will do whatever it takes to give you whatever support and help you need.

A number of people in the sector have put up their hands to be a ‘disaster recovery buddy’ to anybody who would like one. Somebody on the end of the phone who knows what it’s like, ready to be a listening ear. Someone you can chew things over with, celebrate achievements with, bounce ideas off, or just vent to!

Contact Sharon Torstonson at SEWN if you’d like to connect with a Christchurch buddy (sharon[at], 03 366 2050 or 027 224 0108). Let Sharon know what sort of work and group you’re involved with and your contact details, and she will do her best to find somebody with a similar background.

Also let Sharon know if there is any other support or help you would like from your non-profit whānau in Christchurch, and she will do her utmost to get it sorted for you.

Some people are happy to be available for anyone who would like to tap into their expertise. You are most welcome to contact any of the following people directly:

  • Ali grew up on Mt Fyffe and has lots of family in Kaikoura and Blenheim. She knows about anything to do with keeping a non-profit/community organisation ticking over, setting up a new one, or rebuilding lost systems and records (e.g. admin, computing, policies, funding etc.).
    Ali's contact details: projectsupport[at] or 03 379 2297.
  • Brian works for the Mayor’s Welfare Fund at Chch City Council and knows about financial matters, Work & Income, and consumer matters.
    Brian's ontact details: mwf[at] or 03 941 8197 (after 4pm)
  • Di, Lisa and Niki at Tenants Protection Assn know all about (surprise, surprise) tenancy and rental matters.
    TPA's contact details: info[at], 03 379 2297, or 022 379 2297.
  • Jill  is the director of Christchurch Methodist Mission and can connect you to staff who know about supporting parents who have anxious children, and the children themselves (either through schools or at home), housing and aged care and rest homes.
    Jill's contact details: JillH[at] or 03 375 1470 extension 2.

View a report where Christchurch community organisations identified needs in their communities after the 2010 earthquake and the support the groups themselves needed to support their communities - done by SEWN (when was known as the Council of Social Services). While each community and each disaster is different, there may be things in it that can be of some use to you.

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