Local support services in Canterbury

These are some of the local support services in the Canterbury area. Please note we try to keep this as up to date as possible and if you know of other agencies or groups you think need to be added please send us an email: info@itav.org.nz 

Support for parents to be, parents and babies

PIPS (Pregnancy Infancy Parenting Support (formally Pregnancy Help) 03-385 0556 or 022 530 2463
Address : Central New Brighton School, 95 Hawke Street. Entrance and parking on Hawke Street.Drop in service. Tuesday to Friday 9:30-2:30pm with extended hours Wednesday to 5:30pmServices offered: maternity and baby clothing, knitting, bassinet and cot bedding, equipment and pregnancy tests, information and advice, advocacy, referral service and drop in service. Free and confidential.

Pregnancy Centre Christchurch 0508 437 348 or 03 351 3227,
Address: 88 Idris road, Fendalton
Website: www.here4u.org.nz or http://pregnancycentre.org.nz/
Offering support and information for anyone who may be facing an unexpected pregnancy
Monday- Friday 9:30am- 2:30pm

Rachel’s House Trust , 022 043 3298
North Canterbury, Christchurch
Committed to supporting young parents through birthing and parenting their babies

Plunketline:0800 993 992

Te Puawaitanga Ki Ōtautahi Trust (Tamariki Ora and kaupara Maori social services):03-344-5062 or 0800 669 957

Find your Midwife Canterbury: https://www.findyourmidwife.co.nz/region/canterbury

Mum information/tips/advice website: http://www.happymumhappychild.co.nz/

Parents of Christchurch facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/parentsofchristchurch/

For parents of babies who spent time in a neonatal unit: www.facebook.com/groups/nz.neonatal.support/?ref=br_rs

Midwifery Resource Center : Are a drop in service for women and their families looking for information about pregnancy and childbirth. They provide advice on how to find a midwife and what to expect from your midwifery care.
Phone :03 365 2789 (24 hour answer phone)
Email:  mrc.chch@gmail.com
Address: 376 Manchester St, Christchurch

Pregnancy Counselling Services 0800 773 462

Parent Help 0800 568 856

Sands Canterbury: - https://www.sands.org.nz/supportgroups.html#sandschristchurch

Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury -  To support Canterbury Mums and Dads through postnatal depression by offering support groups and a playgroup.
Website:https://perinatalwellbeing.org.nz/ or https://www.facebook.com/perinatalwellbeingcanterbury

Advocacy and Support

Beneficiary Advisory Service (BAS) http://www.bas.org.nz/  BAS gives practical, expert advice and assistance on issues experienced by people on benefits and low incomes. We concentrate on welfare issues but can also help with ACC and Employment matters. We also are able to assist clients in/from domestic violence situations. If you have a problem that no one else has been able to help with, we may be able assist.

Community Chiropractor 

Family Chiropractic Centre Christchurch, Redcliffs, Shirley | Connect Chiropractic  

Connect Chiropractic is a community-focused chiropractic wellness centre in Ferrymead, striving to make chiropractic care accessible to absolutely everyone through our Koha (pay as you can) Fee System.

Household Goods

City mission and St Vincent de Paul for help with household goods (Both do linen and kitchen starter packs, as well as furniture such as drawers, beds, lounge suites, tables etc) , they also both deliver.

St Vincent de Paul - 03- 389 7484 ext 1 and leave a message or you can text 0273589400  Text : Full Name, Suburb, contact number and what type of assistance u need.

City mission you need to ring an make an appointment with a social worker on 03-365 0635 or 0800 787 855

Mayor’s Welfare fund :Funding/ help with school uniforms, power bills, firewood, and other basic needs when WINZ cannot help. You can use this service once a year.
Phone: 0800 800 169 for details and to make an appointment

Angel fund- Wahine Putea: help women by offering no interest step ahead loans of up to $500 to low income women.  The purpose of them is for small or hobby business, training or education support or moving in work cost. For more information email angelfund@gmail.com or call 022 412 6432

Food Banks/Community Gardens/ Veggie Co-ops

North Canterbury

Community Pantry Kaiapoi:Open - Monday - Thursday 10am-2pm
Address: 24 Sewell Street, Kaiapoi
Phone: 03 327 8945

Kaiapoi Community Garden: Open: 10am-12pm (Summer hours) for tips to start your own gardens
Address: 48-52 Hilton Street Kaiapoi
Website: www.facebook.com/kaiapoicommunitygarden

Hope  Community Trust​​: Open: Tuesday - Friday 9am - 4pm
Address: Block D 115 East Belt, Rangiora
Phone: 03 928 3066

Salvation Army Rangiora :Open - Tuesday 9.30/12.30 - Appointments/Walk Ins
Address: 15 Albert Street, Rangiora
Phone: 03 313 6947

Amberley Food Bank: Open: Monday- Friday
Phone: 03 314-7464


Community Fruit and Vege Stands
Locations of all stands around NZ:
Website: https://goo.gl/maps/pGESm5ddGhz

Empower Church: Open Tuesday-Thursday 11am- 3pm
Address: 140-146  Springs Road, St Albans
Website: http://www.empowerchurch.co.nz/Community+Focus+Trust/projects.html

Catholic Social Services:
Address: 336 Cashel Street
Phone: 03-379 0012 please call for more information

City Mission: Open: Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
Address: 275 Hereford Street
Phone: 0800 787 855

Delta Community Support Trust: Open: Monday,Wednesday & Fridays  10am-2pm
Address:101 North Avon Road, Richmond
Phone 03-389 0212

Linwood Ave Community Corner Trust: Open Monday & Tuesday - Thursday & Friday 9am- 12pm
Address: 378 Linwood Ave, Bromley, Christchurch
Phone: 03 980 9827
Community lunch Wednesday 12-1pm Cost $5  *Please call for more information

New Brighton Community Fridge: Open: Monday- Sunday 7am-7pm
Address: Te Waka Aroha, St Faiths Church (46 Hawke Street, New Brighton)
Vege Co-Op - A bag of fruit & veggies for $12 pre-paid. You can do this anytime at the centre Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm

Salvation Army - Aranui: Open - Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am-12pm
Address: 34 Portsmouth Street, Aranui
Phone: 03 388 1072

Salvation Army - Belfast: Open: Tuesday & Thursday 9.30am-12.30pm
Address: 794 Main North Road
Phone: 03 323 8257

Salvation Army - City: Open: Monday - Friday 9am-4pm
Address: 853 Colombo Street, Christchurch
Phone: 03 366 8128   (Appointment Only)

Salvation Army - Hornby: Open: Monday & Thursday 9.30am-12.30pm
Address:23 Manurere Street.
Phone: 03 349 6268

St Albans Baptist Church: Open- Monday - Friday 9am-2pm
Address: 65 McFaddens Road, St Albans
*limited food supply please call first

St Ambrose Drop in Cafe and Foodbank: Open: Tuesday & Thursday & Fridays 10am- 12pm
Address: 309 Breezes Road, Aranui
Phone: 03-388-6699

St Vincent De Paul:  03 389 7484 ext 1

0800 hungry:
Phone: 0800 486 479
($5 per delivery)  

Ellesmere Food Bank:
Address: 6 Woodville Street Leeston
Phone: 027 715 7712 or 027 715 6353


Website: http://bellyful.org.nz/

Emergency Accommodation

YWCA Christchurch:
Office Hours: Monday- Friday 8am -3:30pm
Address: 285 Hereford Street, Christchurch
Phone: 03 365 8720

City Mission Woman's Shelter:
Phone: 03 365 0635

Battered Woman’s Trust (BWT):
Phone: 0800 733 843 or 03 364 8900  (Crisis Line) or for other enquiries 03 3324122

West Christchurch Womens Refuge:
Phone: 0800 733 843 or 03 379 0575 (Crisis Line)
Email: W.W.R@xtra.co.nz
Website: http://www.westchchwomensrefuge.org.nz/

Secondhand Shops

Ecoshop: Open Hours: Everyday except public holidays 9am-5pm
Address: 191 Blenheim Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch 8041

Habitat for Humanity Restores:

Sydenham Store: Open Hour: Monday - Saturday 9:30am - 5:00pm
Address: 189 Waltham Rd, Sydenham, Christchurch

Burnside Store: Open Hours:  Monday - Saturday 9:30- 5:00pm
Address: 567 Wairakei Rd, Burnside.

Salvation Army:
To find the store closest to you please check out their website :https://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/help-us/family-stores

City Mission:
To find the store closest to you please check out their website: https://www.citymission.org.nz/op-shops

Toff’s $2 Recycled Clothing Warehouse:
Address: 1026 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch.

SaveMart: Open Hours: Monday - Sunday 10am - 4pm
Papanui Address: 472 Cranford Street, Papanui
Sydenham Address: 39 Batersea Street, Sydenham
Hornby Address: 94 Shands Road, Hornby
Timaru Address: 12 Dee Street, Timaru

St Johns opportunity shop:
To find the store closest to you please check out their website: https://www.stjohn.org.nz/shop/opportunity-shops/

Finders Keepers: Open Hours: Monday- Saturday 10am - 4pm
Address: 654 Ferry Road  Christchurch