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


  1. Men’s Group

    Usually meets monthly for a varied programme planned by the group at Stanmore Road. In July the Men’s Group enjoyed a meal at the Famous Grouse Restaurant at Lincoln. A proposed trip to Glenfalloch station in July was postponed with a target day of Thursday 13th September. This will be a very scenic trip into the Read more

  2. A&P Show 2018

    A limited number of Tickets for the show have been purchased. Step Ahead is going on Thursday 15th November. Tickets are $12 and will be available to those members who pay, on a first come, first served basis.

  3. Evening Activities

    The onsite evening activities at Stanmore offer members a fun night in the company of other members. These are also good opportunities to catch up with people who may not be in the groups you attend, who you haven’t seen for a while, or perhaps the chance to meet new people.  Onsite activities provide a Read more

  4. Guest Speaker at West – Budget Advice

    Monday 20th August 2018 at 10:00amBudget Advice is a topic that is relevant to all of us. Come along to hear some tips and learn some new skills about how to make the $$ go further. See you there.

  5. Guest Speaker from Vegan Society

    On Tuesday 7th we have a guest speaker coming from the Christchurch Vegan Society. Mr Graham French will be speaking on vegetarianism and veganism. The talk is running from 2-3pm, we will meet from 1.30pm and discuss other activities coming up for the holistic wellness group.Karen.

  6. The “Wall of Waiau”

    On Thursday 5th July Stanmore are having a day trip to the “The Wall of Waiau” This is a 3 m high vertical fault scarp, created by the 14th Nov 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. The trip will also visit a nearby dam created by a landslide that blocked a local river. Getting to the wall involves Read more

  7. Guest Speaker from Community Energy Action at Stanmore Road

    How to stay warm over winter – Thursday 17th May 2018. Michael Begg has been to speak to us about this for several years now. He has a wealth of objective advice and information, about how to keep warm and energy efficient in your homes.It is anticipated that the current Government will implement more changes Read more

  8. Stanmore Road Fishing Day Trip to Diamond Harbour

    On Thursday 26th April there will be a fishing day at Diamond Harbour, leaving Stanmore at 9:30am. We will provide all the gear, so just come along for a great day out. Here’s hoping we catch some fish. Don’t forget to bring some sunscreen and a hat as autumn days can still be sunny and Read more

  9. Stanmore Road Guest Speaker – Health and Disability Advocacy Service

    Thursday 12th April, 1:30pmAntonio Lara will talk to us about what this free, confidential and independent service offers. Advocates can help you to know your rights under the Code of Health and Disability.Consumer Rights:To talk over your options i.e: letter writing, meeting with provider or agreed option.To assist you to resolve the difficulty with a health Read more

  10. Guest Speaker – Road Code Refresher

    Thursday 15th March at 1:30At a recent member staff liaison meeting there was a request for someone to speak about the Road Code. Our AA Driving Instructor will do this for us. This will be an interesting session and a great opportunity to brush up on driving skills. Who gives way at intersections challenges us Read more

  11. Big Day Out at Lake Roto Kohatu

    Friday 2nd March for Stanmore, West and Ashburton members Come along and spend the day with members from all bases at these little lakes near the Groynes. We will have canoes for hire ($2.50) for those that would like to have a paddle on the water. Otherwise we will walk, play frisbee or relax in Read more

  12. Quail Island Day Trip

    Friday 9th February 2018 – West and Stanmore Members ($15.00) Please pay a $5.00 deposit by Friday the 2nd  to secure your place.Quail Island is an inner harbour island and is Canterbury’s largest island but is easily explored in a day. Easy graded walks make for enjoyable walking and the main beach is sheltered so great Read more

  13. Stanmore Road Social Group

    The idea for this group originated from members at the member staff liaison meeting and some one on one conversations. Held once a month, the Social Group next meets at 1pm on Wednesday the 14th of FebruaryActivities for the group are decided on by its members, with facilitation by a staff member. New ideas for Read more

  14. Christian Fellowship DVD Group

    Introducing a new Christian DVD teaching/movie group. It commences on the 5th February from 1-3pm and runs monthly on the first Monday of the month. For further information please contact Alison or Ian.

  15. Documentary Group at Stanmore Road

    Good news for members who enjoy the documentaries and following discussions at the Documentary Group!! As requested by you, the group will change from once a month to fortnightly, on Wednesday afternoons, from February onwards, so look out for this on your programme!!

  16. Cricket World Cup

    On Tuesday 30th January we are going to watch the Super League U19 Cricket Semi Final at Hagley Oval. Last year the day we had at the cricket was a big success and we expect this event, which has free admission to be a hit too. Don’t forget to bring along a hat, sunnies, plenty Read more

  17. West Christmas Lunch

    Monday 18th December at 12:30Roast chicken and potatoes with seasonal vegetables and gravy  followed by dessert.Bookings essential and payment by Wednesday 13th  – $8.00.            Followed by Christmas carols and music appreciation.

  18. West Guest Speaker from Toastmasters

    Wednesday 13th December at 10:30 – Fletcher PlaceDanny is a specialist at networking in the business sector and is a member of the Toastmasters, an organisation that helps many different people develop their communication skills so they can get more confidently involved in all types of situations. Danny is super positive and can make challenging, Read more

  19. Visit White-Flippered Penguins at Taylors Mistake – West and Stanmore

    Friday 8th December Dr Chris Challies is an expert on the white-flippered penguin and has done many years of research on a colony at Harris Bay, next to Taylors Mistake.He has offered to show us “his” penguins at his colony. This is an amazing opportunity to see the penguins up close. There will be plenty Read more

  20. 20s and 30s Group at Stanmore Road

    The 20’s and 30’s group provides a programme for members under 40 to socialise and enjoy the company of others of a similar age. This group is usually held once a month on a Tuesday. Members are welcome to suggest activities they would like to do and think others might also enjoy. Thank you to Read more

  21. Archery at Ellesmere

    On Wednesday the 1st of November, West, Stanmore and Rangiora will travel to Ellesmere (near Leeston) and have a go at Archery at an outdoor range. Previously, we have enjoyed indoor archery at the West hall with introductory equipment. This time we will use a higher level of equipment (and of course performance!). We will Read more

  22. Sign Language Guest Speaker

    Thursday 9th November – 1pm from West – 1:30 at Stanmore Road Several members have expressed an interest in learning some basic sign language. A tutor from Risingholme Community Centre, who is deaf will be at Stanmore Road to teach some introductory skills. This is a unique opportunity so come along and learn some new Read more

  23. Writers & Book Group

    Writers and Book Group is for members who love books, reading, maybe write poetry and prose, or would like to try. The group meets at Stanmore on alternate Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 12pm. There is an activity planned for each group and members are also encouraged to bring something to contribute and share, e.g. Read more

  24. West Pool and Darts

    On October the 5th (Thursday afternoon) West members are going to the Papanui Working Men’s Club to play pool. This is a newly built club that provides approximately 6 pool tables and cues for all to enjoy. We play singles and/or doubles, depending on the number who attend. All welcome, at any level of skills.

  25. Visit to CCC Council Chambers

    On Thursday the 5th of October at 10:00 am we will be visiting the Council’s City Chambers. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in a Council meeting come along for a look to see how our Councilors work. We will also be shown around the Council building and have the opportunity to ask questions Read more

  26. Stanmore Road Guest Speaker from MHAPS – Consumer Rights and Advocacy

    Wednesday 4th OctoberCome along to hear, or for an update on what the Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support service has to offer. They are able to provide one to one support and are a wealth of information.See you there.

  27. Women’s Group

    Monday 26th November at 1pmChristmas Card making with Barbara M.Please book in early as places are limited to 8 people and Barbara’s card making is very popular. There will be a cost of $2.50.

  28. Community Gardening

    The Stanmore Road Community Gardens group takes place at the Linwood Resource Centre gardens on Linwood Avenue on Tuesdays at 1pm. We have our own vegetable plots that we maintain as well as helping out generally. The jobs are varied and include mowing lawns, seed raising, harvesting vegetables, thinning out, planting seedlings, etc. We always Read more

  29. Comcare Jobconnect

    A number of members tell us that part time work is one of their goals. Many of you know Alan, from Comcare Jobconnect. He has been visiting Step Ahead for several years now, offering support, advice, exploring options and guidance towards this goal. Currently he attends budget lunches at Stanmore Road and lunch on a Read more

  30. Guest Speaker from the Electoral Office

    Thursday the 10th of August 2017, 1:30pm at Stanmore Road. Glen has recently spoken to Rangiora members and the session was informative and enjoyable. Topics he will cover include how the parliamentary system works and how to: ensure you are on the electoral role; be on the unpublished roll if you choose; use the easy vote card. This Read more

  31. Vocational Next Steps

    Alan, Peer Supporter from Comcare Jobconnect will be known to many of you as he attends budget lunches at Stanmore Road on a regular basis. On Thursday the 24th of August 2017, 1pm at Stanmore Road, he is offering a session for anyone interested “A Commitment to Vocational Next Steps” i.e. volunteer or paid work. Read more

  32. Christian Fellowship/Prayer Group

    The Christian Fellowship group meets at Stanmore Road, every Friday at 2:00 pm for prayer, bible study and fellowship.  Come along for great fellowship and to be encouraged in your spiritual journey. This is a non-denominational, member led group.

  33. Coffee Mornings, Lunches

    Coffee mornings are a great opportunity for members to get together for a coffee (or tea) and some social time.  Regular lunches provide opportunities for members to get together over a meal. Enjoy affordable meals and great social opportunities. Stanmore Road There are coffee mornings on Mondays. Budget lunches take place fortnightly on Thursdays. Wednesday Read more

  34. Rangitata Salmon Farm Hatchery Visit

    On Thursday the 4th of May 2017 Stanmore Road and West will be visiting the McKinnon’s Creek Hatchery near the mouth of the Rangitata River north of Timaru. This will be an interesting day trip. We will hopefully be able to see the salmon being milked for their eggs as well as seeing the year Read more

  35. Guest Speaker – Pathways Mental Health Service

    Thursday 13th April 2017 at 1:30pm. Pathways provide a range of mental health services in Christchurch. Amy will come and talk to us about two of those services, in particular the mobile respite and crisis service and the planned respite service. Both these services will be of interest to members so come along and hear Read more

  36. Discussion Group – News and Views

    We are now well into this new group and have had a variety of discussions including: the recent Kaikoura earthquakes and the effects they may have on Cantabrians, the seabed and paua issues, Middle East territories, Christmas time consumerism, different church denominations, news topics from the newspapers, and we have made a plan for future Read more

  37. Warwickz Rare Breed Animal Farm Visit

    Wednesday 22nd February 2017We last visited this farm in March last year. We were rained off when we tried to go in October and December of last year, so we hope for much better weather in February! The farm is home to a gorgeous herd of Alpaca’s among a host of other farm favourites, miniature Read more

  38. Big Day Out at McLean’s Island with Stanmore, West and Rangiora members

    Wednesday 8th February 2017Come along for a great day out and a sausage sizzle lunch ($2.50). There will be Frisbee, biking, walking, relaxing, tug of war and other games that will get us moving and make us laugh! Check your programmes for departure times. Ask staff for more details or those members who attended Games in the Read more

  39. Day out at the Cricket

    On Wednesday 1st February 2017 members will have the opportunity to watch Canterbury playing Northern Districts at Hagley Oval. Vans are leaving from Stanmore, Rangiora and West. Bring some lunch and a hat, sunscreen and enjoy a relaxed day out on the embankment. This is a free event which can be enjoyed by all.

  40. Stanmore Road Working Bee Days

    Friday 13th and 27th January 2017.  As well as the usual garden maintenance work there are a number of bigger jobs that need doing including cleaning and re-staining the outdoor furniture and deck, and water blasting the paving area. Nearer the time and weather permitting we will confirm which jobs can be done. Come along to Read more

  41. Cooking Groups – New Focus in 2017

    We have been enjoying the easy, low cost, healthy meals we have been making in the Cooking Groups in 2016. 2017 is going to be just as fun and interesting and to compliment the meals we are cooking, I am introducing a topic each week that will focus on healthy choices with diet and lifestyle. Read more

  42. Stanmore and West visit to the A & P Show

    Thursday 10th November 2016. $10 tickets have been purchased for those members who pre –ordered. There may be some spares available so contact the office if you would like to go to the show.

  43. Stanmore Road News and Views Discussion/Speaking Group

    10am Wednesday 16th November. This is an idea that has been talked about at several member staff liaison meetings. It could focus for example, on talking about current events, or learning how to do impromptu speeches. If you would enjoy being part of developing such a group come along and have your say!

  44. Stanmore Road Trip to Orana Park

    Friday 8th November 2016 at 10am. Bring your lunch and come along for a great day out – $8.50.  Orana Park recently celebrated 40 years of operation. You will see NZ’s only gorilla’s, eye ball a magnificent white rhino, get up close with the lovely meekats  and depending on feeding times you may get to feed Read more

  45. Guest Speaker at Stanmore Road from Pathways Mobile Support Team

    Wednesday 16th November 2016 at 1:30pm.  Following on from a suggestion that was made in the September member staff liaison meeting, Karen from Pathways Mental Health Support Service will talk about the support their service offers including from the mobile support team. Come along for an interesting presentation.  See you there! 

  46. Sushi Making – West

    Most of us have tasted it, but what makes it so nice? Can I do it myself? Come along on Friday the 28th of October 2016 at 1pm to learn the tricks of making delicious sushi ($4.00)

  47. Stanmore and West Visit to the Alpaca Show at A & P Showgrounds

    If you love Alpaca’s then this is the trip for you! Bring your lunch (or buy it there), and enjoy a day out learning about these interesting animals.Departing from Stanmore Road at 10am and West at 10:15am. Cost Only $2.00.  Bring extra $$ if you wish.Talk to Barb for more details.

  48. Visit to Wat Buddha Samakhee Temple

    Wednesday 5th October 2016 at 1:00pm. This is the Theravada Buddhist monastery. Many activities take place including free mediation classes for everyone. Come along to find out more.

  49. West Baking – September 2016

    During September we will have three baking sessions:  Date scones on Thursday 1st. Sultana or Raisin loaf on Thursday 8th. Banana loaf on Thursday 15th (a repeat due to popular demand).  Loaf making has proved to be popular over the past year as they are easy to make and they can be eaten plain, with a spread Read more

  50. West Craft – September 2016

    As requested at a Member/Staff Liaison Meeting we are going to have a beginner’s crochet group at West. This is on the afternoon programme for the 9th and the 16th. I will teach you the basics of crochet and then make some granny squares which are very trendy at the moment. On the morning of Read more

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