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Community Building

The Christchurch Methodist Mission makes a difference in the lives of tamariki, rangatahi and whānau in schools and communities. Our Wellbeing and Community Response teams are skilled in responding to a range of needs within the community. They work alongside people in places they feel most comfortable, be it their schools, homes or elsewhere. In Ōtautahi Christchurch, we run dedicated projects in the neighbourhoods of Linwood and New Brighton, in an effort to promote community and encourage resilience in these lower socio-economic areas.

 

Linwood

You Matter to Us

Crime can be reduced and neighbourhoods made safer. You Matter to Us has proved it. This community initiative by CMM and other organisations has cut crime and police call-outs and increased the sense of belonging in two streets in the suburb of Linwood disproportionately affected by crime and violence. Whānau who are part of You Matter to Us live in those streets. You Matter To Us won the 2018 NZ Police ‘Evidence Based Problem-Oriented’ Policing Award. It became New Zealand’s entry for the Herman Goldstein Award, a prestigious award that recognises outstanding policing around the world, and was then named one of five global finalists.

Kidshub

Kidshub is about fostering community connections in a neutral environment. The Kidshub committee organises activity days in the school holidays, community events like Matariki whānau night, whānau quiz events and dances. The vision of Kidshub is to give tamariki experiences that they wouldn’t normally have, and to enable whānau to share these experiences with their tamariki. 

Kidshub is a place to nurture whānau connections and sense of belonging, with shared interactions and new experiences in a safe space for whānau to enjoy time for bonding. It is important for whānau be present at the hubs so that these memories can be experienced and reminisced about together.

 


New Brighton

New Brighton is a lively seaside community in Christchurch. CMM works with the New Brighton Union Parish to improve the lives of vulnerable whānau and older people in the New Brighton area. Common themes that are talked about are social isolation, mental health, housing and not knowing to go where for help. CMM also works alongside other organisations in New Brighton to support the residents of New Brighton to build stronger and more resilient communities.

 


Pegasus Health Partnership Community Workers

Partnership Community Workers help people disaffected by the health system get the medical care they need and prevent them slipping through the cracks. A number of people in society find the cost of medical care prohibitive, are unable to get to a doctor's surgery or have a fear of medical treatment. Our PCWs remove barriers to care by working in collaboration with general practice teams to develop pathways into primary health services.

 



For more information, please contact:

Andrea Wilson-Tukaki
Community Development Manager
Phone: 021 294 8482
Email: andrea@mmsi.org.nz