Phone number: 
03 366 9456
Email address:
Birthright Canterbury Trust C/o Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam St, Christchurch 8011 & C/o Community House Mid-Canterbury, 44 Cass St, Ashburton 7700

We are a Registered Charity: CC53360

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Our Services

If you are parenting alone, we can:
  • Enable you to find practical solutions to day to day problems
  • Work with you to plan your family's own development 
  • Offer parent education opportunities
  • Offer parent networking opportunities
  • Provide access to our library of resource materials
  • Support you to engage with services e.g. Work and Income.

For children and young adults, we offer:

  • Fun school holiday events
  • A range of camps and outings
  • The opportunity to participate in specialist programmes that build confidence and resilience e.g, Girl's group for 10-17 year olds.

For families, we provide:

  • Low cost events for the whole family to enjoy
  • Practical assistance with furniture, toys, clothing and books
  • Regular newsletters with something for everyone.

An opportunity to make a difference to Canterbury families as a Volunteer for Birthright Canterbury Trust

Volunteers Needed - Trustee, Minutes Secretary and Volunteers to organise an exciting Birthright fundraising project.

Please contact or 022 043 5006 for more details and job description.

Regional Services - Search

Ashburton Budget Advisory Service
Email address:
Street address:
215 Tancred St, Ashburton
03 307 0496

As an affiliated member of the New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services Inc. this organisation is committed to providing free and confidential budgeting advice to families and individuals. It operates with budget advisers who are annually trained and certificated by the Federation and may offer one or more forms of budgeting advice, viz: One-Off / Rescue / Crisis Budgeting, Ongoing Budgeting, Custodial / Management Budgeting and Educational Budgeting.

Ashburton Resource Centre
Email address:
Street address:
155 Tancred Street, Ashburton
03 308 1237

Provides Information about community services in Ashburton.

Barnados (Ashburton)
Street address:
122 Tancred Street, Ashburton
03 307 8942

Barnardos provide a range of care, education and support services developed specifically for New Zealand children and their families. In Ashburton these are: Rural Community Social Work; Parent Education; Domestic Violence Programme - Footsteps to Feeling Safe.

Cactus Programme
Street address:
44 Cass Street, Ashburton
03 3081395

C.A.C.T.U.S. (Combined Adolescent Challenge Training Unit and Support) – Self-confidence and self-esteem adventure training programme. For young people 10 -14 years old.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Ashburton)
Street address:
215 Tancred Street, Ashburton
03 308 9405

Support group for grandparents raising grandchildren.

Parents Centre Ashburton
Street address:
206 Chalmers Avenue, Ashburton
03 302 6085

Parents Centre Ashburton is a volunteer organisation offering cheap parental education for parents with 0-5-year-old children.

Presbyterian Support (Mid Canterbury)
Email address:
Street address:
215 Tancred Street, Ashburton
03 308 5868

In Ashburton, Presbyterian Support offers: Counselling; Group education for young people and their families on key issues such as relationships; Community Family Support Service: education and life skills at home or at the centre with a family worker; Youth Mentoring: adult volunteers are matched with young people to provide support to them; Family Worker in Schools: social worker working with children and families in 5 schools; Parents as First Teachers: a trained Parent Educator shares information, practical ideas and giving guidance for parents with 0 to 3 year olds; Pacific Community Liaison / Health Promoter: working with Pacific people to promote physical activities and healthy eating.

Saint Vincent de Paul (Ashburton)
Street address:
Havelock Street, Ashburton
03-307 0107

In Ashburton, St Vincent de Paul offers assistance with food, clothing, furniture and firewood.

The Salvation Army (Ashburton)
Street address:
Cass & Cameron Streets, Ashburton
03 308 7610

In Ashburton, the Salvation Army offers counselling and assistance with food, furniture and clothing.

YMCA (South Canterbury)
Email address:
Street address:
Tancred Mall, Ashburton
03 308 5164

In Ashburton, the YMCA provides free training under several different programmes: Pathways (job search, life skills, National Certificate in Heavy Trade); MAPS (young mum's assistance, childcare units); Vision Youth (job search, life skills, recreation).