What's On

  • Attending training courses, workshops or network meetings, can be a useful means of learning and development.

    There are many opportunities across our regions. Check-in here regularly to find out what’s on.

  • Community Engagement Session: Building Connections with Former Refugee Communities

    Monday August 12, 1pm-4pm

    Beckenham Service centre Board Room

    Immigration New Zealand, as a part of the Refugee Quota Increase Programme, is developing a community engagement framework to support refugee and wider communities to engage more effectively with each other. The framework seeks to identify and develop strategies, tools and resources to build community cohesion and foster a sense of belonging.

    As a part of the discovery process and to capture your ideas and perspectives for inclusion in the framework, the Christchurch City Council, in partnership with Immigration NZ, would like to invite you to an ‘Engagement in your Community’ session.

    This session will be facilitated by Supriya Rathod, Senior Business Advisor, Community Engagement, Immigration NZ.

    At this session, we would like to find out what you already do, and what you’d like to do in your community to support greater, ongoing engagement with former refugee communities.

    Please RSVP for catering purposes to: claire.phillips@ccc.govt.nz

  • MHAPS Theme Talk for August 2019: The Power, Threat, Meaning Framework

    Tuesday August 13, 6pm

    MHAPS, Unit 4, 357 Madras St

    Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Lucy Johnstone and Professor Mary Boyle are the lead authors of the Power Threat Meaning Framework. The Framework can be used as a way of helping people to create more hopeful narratives or stories about their lives and the difficulties they have faced - or are still facing - instead of seeing themselves as blameworthy, weak, deficient or ‘mentally ill.’

    It highlights and clarifies the links between wider social factors such as poverty, discrimination and inequality, along with traumas such as abuse and violence, and the resulting emotional distress or troubled behaviour, whether it is confusion, fear, despair or something else. It also shows why those of us who do not have an obvious history of trauma or adversity can still struggle to find a sense of self-worth, meaning and identity.

    The authors say the Framework has implications for therapeutic or clinical work. It can also offer constructive alternatives in the areas of service design and commissioning, professional training, research, service user involvement, peer support and public information. There are important implications for social policy and the wider role of equality and social justice.

    Hannah will discuss the meaning that she has drawn from her own experience learning and using the Framework and how understanding and deploying it has helped her both personally and professionally.

    Gold coin donation to attend.

  • Have your say on the Health Disability Action Plan

    Tuesday August 13, 1pm-3pm and 5:30pm-7:30pm

    Tūranga (Christchurch Central Library), 60 Cathedral Square

    Help refresh the 2016 plan so we can keep improving the health system for people with disabilities and their whānau. Share your views by coming to a forum lead by national disability sector advocate Prudence Walker.

    Please RSVP by August 7 to disabilityplan@cdhb.health.nz.

    Alternatively, give your feedback before Friday August 16 by email at disabilityplan@cdhb.health.nz or phone 03 364 4140.

  • Facebook 101 for Community Organisations

    Tuesday August 13, 9:30am-12:30pm

    Learning Centre, Christchurch South Library, Colombo St

    The What, Why & How to get the most of our Facebook Pages for your community organisations.

    The team from DIA will share their experiences, and tips & tricks with Facebook for community engagement. You can find more information about the team at DIA on their Facebook page @communityDIA. Please remember to bring your Facebook log in details, you will need to be an administrator of a group.”

    This event is free but registration is essential. Sign up here.


  • Dealing with difficult conversations

    Thursday August 15, 9:30am-12:30pm

    Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam St

    This workshop will help participants deal appropriately with difficult conversations and adopt an approachable,open and empathetic communication style so that issues are confronted, others are influenced positively and relationships are successfully maintained. The additional benefits are that people learn how to be more authentic, handle stress and anxiety, increase the amount of discretionary energy for the job and generate greater productivity.

    Register your interest here.


  • Mediation Awareness and Skills Training

    Wednesday August 28, 8:30am-3:30pm

    Canterbury Community Law Centre, Montreal St

    This is an opportunity for participants to gather a greater understanding of how mediation works while building valuable skills in effective conflict resolution and how to deal workplace, personal and social conflicts. Understand how your community, workplace, family or client base can benefit from mediation to address conflicts.

    Cost is $90 per person and spaces are limited. Email tracy@mediationservices.org.nz to register your interest.

  • Workshops to Support Community, Family and Child Wellbeing

    Fridays in August, 9am-2:30pm

    The Loft, first floor, Eastgate Mall, Linwood

    A five-session training opportunity to unpack and reflect on a variety of topics related to child and whanau safety and wellbeing, through the lens of lived experience. For more information contact sharon@avivafamilies.org, or register here.

  • Grant-seekers Workshop

    Thursday September 5, 9am-1pm

    Christchurch Community House

    Strategic Grants is an industry leader in providing charities and non-profits with strategic advice around setting up effective grant-seeking strategies. Their ½ day Grant-Seeker Workshop provide the processes, tools and skills to implement or grow effective grant-seeking in your nonprofit. 

    This practical half-day workshop will cover: 
    • an overview of the grants landscape 
    • steps to ensuring your organisation is 'grant ready' 
    • advice on project packaging, developing grant-ready project plans, and setting up internal processes to succeed 
    • feedback from funders on why applications do or don't succeed 
    • tips on relationship building • how to write a great grant application, including examples of good and bad responses 
    • next steps when an application is successful or unsuccessful, and effective reporting, accountability and stewardship strategies  

    Cost is $230 per person.

    Book online here.

  • Grill Your Candidates

    Saturday September 28, 12pm-2:30pm

    Phillipstown Community Hub, 39 Nursery Rd, Phillipstown

    Phillipstown Community Hub would like to invite anybody standing for the next local elections (City Council, Local Boards, Canterbury District Health Board and Environment Canterbury) to attend our event. There will be information stalls from the Electoral Commission, political parties and independent candidates.

    To encourage participation, the Hub will provide a free BBQ, handmade wooden-fired oven cooked pizza and free activities for children.

    A gazebo and table will be the most suitable set up. If it is very wet that day we will still run, and there will be sheltered sites.

    This will be an opportunity for candidates to engage with the public about their political agenda and priorities both face to face and in a public confrontation with the other candidates over the microphone.

    Expressions of interest should be emailed to Viviana Zanetti by August 31 - viviana@phillipstown.org.nz

  • Tauiwi Tautoko Programme

    Saturday August 10 – Saturday October 5

    Tauiwi Tautoko is a 10 week programme where ActionStation will provide volunteers with training and support to challenge racialised online hate; invite and facilitate more informed conversations about race and religion; and challenge and reverse negative racial stereotypes by listening for understanding, finding common ground and offering an alternative narrative. 

    The training is a mixture of in-person hui and online webinars. At present, the programme is only available in Auckland and Wellington. But we are adding a Christchurch based one this August.

    Sign up here: https://actionstation.typeform.com/to/GHhSWy?utm_source=actionstation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=blast1698&source=actionstation&bucket=blast1698

  • Making Sense of Discipline Course

    Tuesday August 17, 7:30-9:30pm

    Grace Church, Beach Campus, Seaview Rd, New Brighton

    This course considers varying conventional discipline methods, it also addresses the larger context of what is important for healthy child development by addressing the roles that emotions and instincts play.   In doing this it addresses the challenge of how we discipline a child in the short term without having a negative impact on their development in the long term. Strategies are provided that are attachment-safe and developmentally friendly. The guidelines and principles apply to children of all ages. 

    Sandy Hitchens will facilitate this course over four Tuesday evenings. Course cost is $125.

    For inquiries or registration, contact Sandy at doorsofhopecounselling@gmail.com or 022 132 1537.

  • Making Sense of Community-led Change Workshop

    Monday August 19-Tuesday August 20

    64 McFaddens Rd, St Albans

    Community-led change is exciting, messy and unpredictable, which makes demonstrating progress and impact challenging.

    Both Community-led Development (CLD) and Developmental Evaluation (DE) are recognised as key approaches for tackling complex community issues. This workshop brings you the best of both!

    Inspiring Communities has designed a session that’s practical and interactive. They'll share a range of key DE and CLD frameworks and tools, with opportunities to apply learning directly into your situations, plans and projects. And you’ll be learning not just from the great workshop facilitators but from others in the room too.

    The workshop is for those working in community-led projects as well as funders, evaluators and evaluation commissioners wanting to learn more about authentically demonstrating meaning and value from community-led approaches.

    This course is $200 +GST (not for profit organisations) / $595+GST (central and local government, business, community funders)

    Register here: https://inspiringcommunities.typeform.com/to/QpT4aL

  • Free Post-Stress Counselling Service

    Canterbury Charity Hospital

    This service is provided free of charge at the Canterbury Charity Hospital to provide “psychological first aid” for people who are needing extra support to help with their grief and with regaining their “life balance” following the major traumatic event.

    All counselors hold recognised national qualifications.

    Those seeking help can self-refer or be referred by you by contacting the Charity Hospital as follows:

    Phone: 03 360 2266 (8am until 5pm) or 020 4098 0750 (after hours)

    Fax: 03 360 2616

    Email: reception@charityhospital.org.nz

  • Fill Your Pantry

    Monday to Friday, 2pm-3pm

    Amberley Westpac car park

    Inspire Church Amberley's Fill Your Pantry is open and ready to serve the community with food parcels. To request a parcel, contact Lisa on 027 422 5625, Lola on 027 210 2917, or Frances on 03 314 8123.

  • Parenting and Wellbeing Workshop

    Thursday August 15 and 22

    71 Beresford St, New Brighton

    Presented by Emily Baird, Child and Family Psychologist.

    This workshop will cover:

    • - Psychoeducation on behaviour and extinction bursts
    • - Self-care
    • - The art of mindfulness
    • - Distress tolerance - Emotional Freedom Technique and Biofeedback
    • - Personality profiles
    • - Love languages
    • - Parenting styles
    • - Parent/child relationships
    • - Emotion coaching tools

    This workshop is free. Register your interest by calling 03 366 9456 or email administrator@birthrightchch.co.nz.

  • Young Adults Programme

    Every Friday at 6pm

    Delta Community Support Trust, 105 North Avon Rd

    Delta Community Support Trust have an exciting Young Adults Programme for 18-36 year olds with physical and intellectual disabilities. Young adults will be engaging in fun activities out and about in the Christchurch community.

    Contact Natalie Hughes on 027 894 2062 for more information and to register your interest.

  • Free Capacity Building Workshop: Working alongside former refugees and their families

    Thursday October 10, 9am-3pm

    Hagley College Cafeteria

    With funding support from Christchurch City Council, Hagley College are putting on this free one-day event (lunch provided).

    The Workshop is designed to share best practices, promote knowledge and help organizations and individuals to work successfully with former refugees. You will have a chance to learn who are refugees, how they come to NZ, what are their cultures and what barriers they face in their resettlement in NZ. Representatives from social agencies and organisations working with former refugees will also attend the workshop to share their experiences.

    Key speakers come from NZ Red Cross, Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Centre, PEETO- Inter -Cultural Development Trust, and representatives from former refugee communities. As there are only limited spaces, please register as soon as you can, latest by 27 September 2019, via email: thi.phan@staff.hagley.school.nz.

  • Waka Toa Ora: Being Unbreakable

    Tuesday August 20, 12pm-1:30pm

    Hohepa Canterbury, 23 Barrington St

    Three months ago, Waka Toa Ora held the 'Being Unbreakable' seminar - coming together to share, reflect, and consider hat to do next. Since that time, some great collaborative activities have taken off. Come along to this seminar to find out about some of the collaboration underway and where your work might fit.

    Register your interest here.