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. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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 6th December. The group has decided to go for a walk on the which will be followed by tea or coffee Read more

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Evening Groups

    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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Men’s Group

    Usually meets monthly for a varied programme planned by the group at Stanmore Road.  A great year for the Men’s Group.  January – Visit to CCC noxious plant control in Canterbury. We also had a day trip to Arthurs Pass and OtiraFebruary – BBQ at Spencer Park and a day trip to Cheviot and Gore BayMarch Read more

  13. A&P Show 2017

    Discounted tickets for the show are ordered in advance by the end of October.Step Ahead will go on Thursday the 16th November 2017. Tickets are likely to be $10.If you would like a ticket purchased for you please let staff know by Thursday 21st September. Payment by that date would be appreciated.

  14. Women’s Group

    This month we will be heading out to the beach at Sumner for a walk.Come along and enjoy the sun, sand and sea and socialise over a cuppa or purchase a coffee or ice cream from the café at Scarborough (optional).This is programmed for 26th October at 1pm.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. Documentary Group at Stanmore Road

    Wednesday 23rd August 2017 at 1pm. This is a new opportunity for curious brains of all shapes and sizes to get together and learn new stuff. Come along and watch a documentary and enjoy a stimulating discussion; you never know, you might discover some new interests. If you love to learn or if you just Read more

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. Guest Speaker from Community Energy Action at Stanmore Road

    How to stay warm over winter – Thursday 11th May 2017. Come along and hear some very useful tips about how to stay warm without excessively high power bills. See you there!

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. Big Day Out at Lake Roto Kohatu

    Friday 17th February 2017 for Stanmore, West and Ashburton members. Come along and spend the day with members from all bases at these little lakes near the Groynes. The canoes we have hired in previous years are no longer available.  We hope to have new canoes for hire ($2.50) for those that would like to have Read more

  28. Quail Island Day Trip

    Friday 10th February 2017 – West and Stanmore Members ($15.00) Please pay a $5.00 deposit by Friday 5th 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 for Read more

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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

  37. 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! 

  38. 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)

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. Guest Speaker at Stanmore Road – Green Prescriptions

    1:30pm – Thursday 11th August 2016. A green prescription is a health professional’s written advice to a patient to become more physically active, as part of the patients overall health management. A green prescription gives you access to personalised physical activity, advice and support including: Free consultations with a qualified and experienced physical activity coach. Access to participate Read more

  44. Winter Beach BBQ Waikuku

    Come along for a great night out at the beach BBQ at Waikuku Beach. This is the evening activity on Wednesday 10th August 2016 and we will be cooking the meal on the beach. We had this activity a few years ago and it was a great success so come along and join in. If the Read more

  45. Op Shopping

    Members decide which shops will be visited on the day.

  46. Music Groups

    Music groups offer opportunities to sing, play an instrument or just enjoy and appreciate favourite pieces of music.

  47. Meals On Wheels

    Join others to help deliver prepared meals to people in their homes. Most bases are involved in this community service.

  48. Library

    The library at Stanmore Road contains a selection of CDs and DVDs. Members from all bases are welcome to borrow from the library.

  49. Educational

    Guest Speakers and Personal Development opportunities are offered at all bases. Some examples are speakers from the Heart Foundation, Diabetes Centre, Budget Advice, Women’s and Men’s Health.

  50. Computer, Introduction to Technology

    A computer can be booked for use by members wanting to browse the internet, check their email, do some word processing, or play games. Tuition or assistance is available for members who wish to learn basic use of a computer or who wish to extend their existing confidence or knowledge. Regular opportunities are provided to Read more

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Referrer , Canterbury
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