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.

  • 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.

  • Dementia Canterbury Community Education Seminar

    Tuesday September 10, 10:30am-12pm

    Dementia Canterbury, Unit 3, 49 William Pickering Dr

    Each month Dementia Canterbury runs FREE Community Education Seminars. These seminars are designed for families and whānau supporting someone with dementia. Learn how to recognise symptoms, causes and health effects of stress, plus gain some helpful stress-management strategies. Libby Gawith is a Community Psychologist and Lecturer at ARA. She will share her knowledge during this engaging presentation.

    These are free talks and everyone is welcome! Please ensure you register as space is limited. Register online here.

    Contact Dementia Canterbury for more information on these education seminars - 03 379 2590, 0800 444 776 or admin@dementiacanterbury.org.nz.

  • MHAPS Theme Talk for September: Ruminating and Catastrophic Thinking

    Tuesday September 10 from 6pm

    MHAPS, Unit 4, 357 Madras St

    Rumination can feel like a broken record. Our minds rehearse the play-by-play of what led to that horrific breakup or missing a deadline at work. Even when everything is going well, we can hyper-focus on the one negative thing that happened during the day, like the time our boss criticised us in front of our colleagues.

    Reflecting on past experiences can be helpful in problem-solving and overcoming dilemmas, but brooding rumination takes this to an unhelpful level. Yes, it may offer a few new insights but can also intensify any negative feelings. We become narrowly focused on the things that are not going well instead of seeing the larger picture. These ruminative thoughts can keep us up late at night – overanalysing everything.

    Catastrophic thinking involves dwelling on the irrational worst-case outcomes. It can increase anxiety and prevent us from taking action in a situation where action is required - for example in a true crisis. Catastrophic thinking needs to be managed, not discounted. There is often much to be learned from these persistent negative thoughts that may relate to old beliefs and core values that continue to drive our emotional reactions and generate fears.

    The Canterbury DHB Anxiety Disorders Service provides treatment and therapies for people who experience severe anxiety and have been referred to the service by their GP or a clinician. Ron will explain rumination and catastrophic thinking in more detail during his talk as well as outlining practical steps you can take to ‘quieten down’ your thinking.

    Gold coin donation to attend this session.

  • Christchurch Housing Forum

    Wednesday September 11, 12pm-2pm

    Oxford Baptist Church Auditorium, corner Oxford Tce and Madras St

    Christchurch mayoral candidates are coming to talk about their Housing Policies. Please send through your questions in advance because the Q&A time may be limited.

    To register, or for more information, call 03 3791122 or email projectsupport@tpa.org.nz.

  • Volunteering Canterbury Workshop

    Tuesday September 10, 9:30am-12:30pm

    Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam St

    Community organisations increasingly need to be telling their story – and that means taking those invitations to speak to groups about the impact your organisation is making!

    Master speaker Rob Wolley from Academy Training will deliver this 3-hour workshop which will introduce:

    • speech preparation (including impromptu opportunities);
    • managing nerves; and
    • being awesome and authentic.

    The cost for this workshop is $25 for Volunteering Canterbury members, and $35 for non-members.

  • Supporting Children with Anxiety

    Thursday September 12, 7pm-8:30pm

    Amberley School Hall, Douglas Rd, Amberley

    Suitable for parents with children aged under 13. Anna Mowat and Dean Sutherland from All Right? will host this free presentation on supporting children with anxiety. Anna and Dean will take you through:

    • A broad look at what anxiety and worries are all about
    • How these emotions have come to be perceived as so prevalent
    • Active strategies to help both children and parents learn to regulate big emotions


  • Tributes of Aroha

    Friday September 13 from 5:30pm

    Christchurch Art gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

    Please join us for the opening night of Tributes of Aroha, a showcase of love, support and solidarity from all around the world in response to the March 15 mosque attacks. Guest speakers from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Tributes of Aroha will be on display until September 15.

  • Free Clothing Swap and Repair Cafe

    Saturday September 14, 12:30pm-3pm

    Bromley Community Centre, 45 Bromley Rd

    A pop up event where experienced up-cyclers and menders will be on hand with their tolls to help you fix up your clothes, bicycles, furniture and more. Plus, bring your pre-loved clothing to swap.

    JP services and IT services will also be available.

  • Meet the Candidates

    Tuesday September 17, 10:30am-12pm

    Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam St

    Come and meet the 2019 Christchurch City Council candidates. This is a great opportunity to grill the council candidates about issues that affect the community sector. Light refreshments, tea and coffee provided. Email your expressions of interest to admin@sewn.org.nz.

  • 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

  • SEWN Annual General Meeting and End of Year Celebration

    Friday September 27 from 1:30pm

    Community House, 301 Tuam St

    The Social Equity and Wellbeing Network are hosting their Annual General Meeting and End of Year Celebration, with guest speaker Hon. Poto Williams.

    Light refreshments will be provided. Parking is available at the corner of Tuam & Barbadoes Streets, coin machine only or pay by Park Mate app. We'd love to see you there. We can promise you a very warm welcome plus afternoon tea. 

    Register your interest here, or call 03 366 2050.

  • Age Concern Canterbury Positive Ageing Expo

    Monday September 30, 9am-2:30pm

    Papanui High School, Langdons Rd, Papanui

    Age Concern Canterbury is marking the International Day of Older Persons with their free Positive Ageing Expo. There will be exhibits and displays with information on:

    • Health and wellbeing
    • Recreation
    • Staying safe
    • Nutrition
    • Social opportunities
    • Transport options

    A great day out with fun, food and entertainment. Gold coin donation for onsite parking.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Managing and Leading Community Organisations Training

    November 11-13

    Leading in a community organisation can be complex! This development programme grows your skills, knowledge and confidence to manage the people, money, projects, and stakeholders, whilst still driving results. So, no more second-guessing yourself.

    You'll have two plans by the end of 3 days of highly interactive leaning - one for your own leadership development, and one for building the capacity of your organisation.

    Choose your level of learning: $750 plus GST for the three-day workshop only or $1750 plus GST for the 3 day workshop as well as 6 months of coaching and mentoring.

    For more information and to register, click here.