Christchurch

Birthright Canterbury receives generous donation from Christchurch Airport Community Fund

Birthright Canterbury trustees were delighted to receive a $1500 donation from the Christchurch Airport Community Fund in November.

Birthright, which was one of nine recipients chosen by the Community Fund, has been supporting, strengthening and advocating for families led by one parent in Canterbury since 1963.

“We are very grateful to the Christchurch Airport Community Fund for selecting us as one of the 2016 grant recipients,” says Birthright Canterbury Trust Manager Rhodora Sagles.

Birthright celebrates 50 years of support in Ashburton

Birthright celebrated 50 years of helping one parent families in Ashburton with plenty of cake and local support in November.

The fledgling branch began back in June 1966 when Ashburton Jaycees called a public meeting with the aim of establishing a branch in the district to provide advice, guidance and assistance to one-parent families.

Birthright soon established itself with a client base of 22 families. Today, Birthright supports 92 families with 169 children in Ashburton.

Fusion Homes takes on the Playhouse Challenge

The Fusion Homes team is delighted to be taking part in the Playhouse Challenge. It’s our way of supporting the Christchurch community by acknowledging and supporting the work of Birthright and the Tenants Protection Association (TPA).

We love that the playhouse is a symbolic reminder of the shelter and housing needs of Christchurch people, and we want to make our playhouse a shining example of efficiency, innovation and design excellence.

Irving Builders join the Playhouse Challenge

Irving Builders have joined the 2017 Playhouse Challenge! Growing up in Fairlie, Lance Irving’s building career started at a young age working on projects with his father. In 2006, after a period of combining travel and building, Lance returned to Christchurch to set up Irving Builders in West Melton.

Nicky's story - Birthright fieldworker like 'guardian angel'

As a university student and single parent with two children, Nicky's life is sometimes stressful, busy and at times a little chaotic. When she amicably separated from her husband 2 1⁄2 years ago, she also felt alone and in need of support.

She reached out to Birthright Canterbury for help and says she immediately felt like she had a guardian angel in her field worker, Angela. She especially appreciated having Angela’s support when times got tough and she needed to talk things through with someone. 

Pip's story - 'I'm part of a community now'

Pip moved her family from Ashburton to Christchurch a little more than two years ago. To say her life was difficult back then would be an understatement.

Having recently separated from her husband, Pip had quickly become a single parent to three children – twin girls, whom had not yet started school, and her son. She was also struggling to cope with health issues in her wider family, poor living conditions and a feeling of complete isolation from the life she once knew. “It was a really tough time. When I think back, I was depressed.”

Pound Road Trading join the Playhouse Challenge

With more than 30 years' experience in designing and building playhouses for children and their families, Pound Road Trading is excited to be involved in this year's Playhouse Challenge.

Pound Road Trading started after director Phillip Fisher decided to move away from selling playhouses to one retailer and offer them to a wider market. 

Rebecca's story - 'Birthright has been my lifeline'

Life can change in an instant. For Rebecca, those instants have become so frequent it’s hard to remember a time when life was ‘normal.’ Rebecca’s decision to leave an abusive relationship and bring up three children as a single mother was just one of those life changing moments, as was having both of her sons diagnosed with serious health issues. One has severe Chron’s Disease and Asperger’s, while the other suffers from heart and kidney diseases.  

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