Creative

  1. Card Making

    Card making is once a month on a Wednesday morning at 10am. We make a variety of cards. You can copy the sample card or use your imagination to create your own design. Materials supplied. Cost: $2.50. Coming up in September Wednesday the 11th at 10:30am: Make cards to your own design using materials provided Read more

  2. Art Groups

    Art groups are held at both Stanmore and Puriri Street for anyone interested in expressing themselves through drawing, painting or mixed media. You do not need to have any experience in art, experienced supportive tutors will assist you to develop your skills as you wish. Creating art can be very relaxing and a good confidence Read more

  3. Craft Groups

    Create new crafts, gain skills and confidence. Open craft is where you bring your own project to work on in a social environment, for example knitting, crochet or adult colouring. Peggy square knitting and adult colouring books are provided. We end up with a group of people each having different projects, with great conversation and Read more

  4. Writers & Book Group

    A group of avid and talented writers meets ever second Wednesday morning at 10:30. We study the prose and poetry of other authors and poets and write our own in a variety of forms e.g. short stories, recount writing, writing using prompts. For book lovers we have book reviews, library visits and second hand book Read more

  5. Stone Carving

    Our stone carving group works with Oamaru stone to create original works of art. No experience is necessary as we will teach you how to work with a hammer and chisel to shape the stone. If you enjoy being outdoors and being creative with a friendly supportive group of people come and join us. Stone Read more

  6. Sewing

    Sewing Group is on at Step Ahead every Friday afternoon at Stanmore Road, and every second Thursday afternoon at Puriri Street. Sewing machines and over-lockers are provided for members to use, and all materials are provided at the cost to members of $1.00 to attend. We are very fortunate to have a qualified seamstress come Read more

  7. Mosaics

    This is a very enjoyable craft. We create beautiful projects using mosaic tiles, learning how to cut the tiles, and using different textures to achieve the desired effect, all in an encouraging fun environment. We have is a selection of tiles and pre-cut indoor or outdoor boards, or you may tile your own project. Create Read more

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