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.

  • LiNC Activator: Leading Networks

    Thursday July 25, 6pm-8pm

    YMCA Papa Hou, 12 Hereford St

    LinC Activator is back in July with a focus on Leading Networks - Rethinking Organisational Structures. Organisations large and small are increasingly seeing the benefits of less hierarchal and more collective ways of organising themselves in order to more effectivity engage their own people as well allowing them to be more creative and responsive in the impact that they are making. At this event we will hear from a range of examples of organisations and the pro’s and cons of such an approach.

    This is a free event with nibbles provided.examples of organisations and the pro’s and cons of such an 

  • 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

  • Free Suicide Prevention Education Programme

    Monday July 15 - Friday July 19

    Improve your knowledge and gain confidence when providing support and
    assistance for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

    This comprehensive workshop is a great opportunity for those who
    work in health, education or social service professions.

    Dr Beautrais is New Zealand's most experienced suicidologist, who has been working in suicide research, prevention and education for the past 27 years. She has published extensively and has won international awards for her research.

    Register online here.

  • Seasons of Grief: Loss and Change

    Monday July 22 - Monday August 12, 7pm-9pm

    332 Linwood Ave Resource Centre

    An innovative education programme that helps people share their story of loss and share their life journey in a safe and creative way with trained companions.

    All welcome. Refreshments provided and entry is a koha.

    To enroll, call Menna on 022 062 0733 or email menna@linwoodresource.accd.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 Anxiety in Children

    Friday August 2, 9am-5pm

    71 Beresford St, New Brighton

    Anxiety in children in reaching epidemic proportions, as one of the most common diagnoses in children. Anxiety takes many forms including obsessions, compulsions, phobias and panic. This one-day course will be helpful for anyone working with children - parents, teachers, counselors. 

    Course cost is $150 including manual and refreshments. BYO lunch.

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

  • 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.

  • Christchurch Social Enterprise Programme

    From February 19, Christchurch

    Join Lindsay Jeffs, New Zealand’s leading social enterprise trainer, as he helps you gain the required skills to make social enterprise work for your organisation. Lindsay has had over 30 years experience in running successful social enterprises. This course will help you gain the required skills to make social enterprise work for your organisation.

    To enroll online, visit www.sei.org.nz or email Carolynn Hull admin@oneonone.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.