What we do

We provide free and confidential community services for the Ashburton community, such as supporting vulnerable families and working with children, youth justice and adult offenders, and new migrants. Have a look through the range of services we provide below or contact us to find out more.

 

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Neighbourhood Support Ashburton District

Neighbourhood Support aims to reduce crime and isolation through fostering connections between neighbours.

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Hype Youth Health Centre

Hype Youth Health Centre provides a free and confidential health service for 12-24 year-olds in the Ashburton District.

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Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network

The Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network is a service for people who have recently moved to the district to help connect them so that they feel at home here.

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Rural Drivers Licensing Scheme

Free support, tuition and subsidised driving tests are provided through Rural Drivers Licensing Scheme to assist rural-based migrant women to learn to drive.

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Resource Workers

Our resource workers carry out short-term projects and contract work across a variety of different areas.

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Children’s Team

The children’s team work on high level interventions with the aim of reducing referrals to Oranga Tamariki – The Ministry for Children. 

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Supervised Access

Staff oversee and monitor visits between parents, and children that are not in their care, through Supervised Access. This also includes supervised contact services. 

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Families Without Violence Network

The Families Without Violence Network aims to raise awareness and educate people about domestic violence and its prevention.

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Attendance Service

Working with families to improve school attendance for children who have a high level of unjustified absences. 

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Children’s Programme

Safer Ashburton runs the Children’s Programme over the Christmas school holidays. Vulnerable children aged 5 to 10 years are the focus of the programme, which addresses topics such as bullying, personal safety, fear, depression, friendship, and life skills. 

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Youth Justice Services

The Community Youth programme has been providing young offenders and those at risk of offending with positive alternatives since 2010.

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S.E.E.D.S (Sharing Everyday Experiences and Drawing on Skills)

S.E.E.D.S matches trained volunteers with families who have pre-schoolers, and teaches them parenting and domestic skills to reduce stress, and improve family confidence. 

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Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice is a process that aims to give offenders and victims of crime the opportunity to meet, discuss the impact of crime, and step towards reparation and putting things right.

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CACTUS (Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit & Support)

CACTUS is a physical activities programme that supports young people to reach their potential through fitness, self-esteem, and confidence. 

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Youth Support

Youth Support provides a one-on-one service, with staff working alongside young people aged 10-17, and their families, to address difficulties or obstacles in their lives. 

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