ACTIVITIES

Members enjoy a diverse range of activities and events on a weekly basis. Most activities take place between 10am and 4pm weekdays, with some held in the evenings. Activity programmes are sent to members each month, and can also be accessed on the Programmes page.

Programmes enable you to meet new people, make new friends, and be a part of a meaningful group. You will learn new skills, and have fun!


Creative

  • Art
  • Painting Techniques
  • Craft
  • Mosaics
  • Open Craft
  • Sewing
  • Stone Carving

 

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Health & Fitness

  • Healthy Cooking / Healthy Lifestyle
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis
  • 10 Pin Bowling
  • Tai Chi
  • Walking, Tramping

 

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Social & Life Skills

  • Coffee Mornings, Lunches
  • Evening Groups
  • Community Garden, Meals On Wheels, Op Shopping
  • Men’s & Women’s Groups
  • Music Group
  • Technology, Educational
  • Employment Support

 

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Special Events

Special outings and events are regularly included in the programmes.

These include evening activities for Stanmore and West members, outings to local attractions, or day trips further afield.

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Peer Support

Members at Step Ahead regularly provide support to one another. Some members have taken another step and completed some training in peer support. We call these members “Peer Supporters”.

These members can provide support in a number of different ways. They might just listen, be a buddy to new members, offer encouragement, steer you in the right direction to someone who may be able to help or share their own experience of what has been helpful to them.

Talk to staff if you would like to know more, or email us.


Members/Staff Liaison

Member Staff Liaison meetings provide regular opportunities to hear feedback from the previous month and to share activity ideas. Meetings are held every month. Times and dates of meetings are included in monthly programmes, which can be accessed on the Current Programmes page.

Keep up the good work, consumer driven organisations are always empowering to clients.
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Referrer , Canterbury
Step Ahead is a wonderful asset in Christchurch for people with a mental illness. You do great work!
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Family member , Christchurch
I believe if people start attending from hospital, they are more likely to engage once living in the community. Keep keeping on!
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Clinician , Christchurch
I know my sister really enjoys and looks forward to the ski day every year, and some trips/day outings . . . She also appreciates the newsletter every month, and I know that gives her a boost . . . thank you for your hard work and support.
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Family Member , Christchurch
Over the time as I see consumers grow and become more confident, I am amazed. The groups, activities and support given is well received by consumers, and family/whanau. You hold a valuable service, keep challenging.
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Referrer , Canterbury
Step Ahead has been very useful for our family member. It has given her strength and confidence to attempt things she would never have done in the past. She is meeting a lot of people with similar problems to her, and they can face new challenges together and help one another by talking about it.
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Family Member , Christchurch
I think you have a great organisation. My son has greatly benefited from all the activities he has been involved in and I’d like to thank you for the great job you are doing. May you keep going for a long time, you have really helped him in his life.
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Family member , Christchurch
Always had positive feedback from clients, very well presented and an enjoyable monthly newsletter.
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Clinician , Canterbury
Your service is excellent, keep up the good work. Being able to engage people into Step Ahead prior to discharge is very useful from our perspective, for the person, and focusses them on the community, not extending the inpatient stay.
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Clinician , Christchurch
I have nothing but praise for Step Ahead . . . The clients I have worked with regarding issues have been treated fairly, with respect and dignity.
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Clinician , Christchurch