Social

  1. Lunches

    Lunches at Step Ahead provide members with an opportunity to come together for a low cost meal, while meeting up with people they know, and also perhaps having the opportunity to meet new members. Members will often only get to see people that attend the same groups that they do, and so when they attend Read more

  2. Men’s Group

    This group meets twice monthly and provides a varied programme for men and includes local and out of town activities. Typically the group has one Christchurch based activity (half day) and one out of town (full day) activity each month.  Examples of around town activities for the group include: Visiting the Christchurch International Airport Fire Read more

  3. Documentary Group at Stanmore Road

    The group meets every second Wednesday afternoon at 1 pm, to watch their choice of documentaries followed by a discussion. We use YouTube to access the documentaries so a huge and diverse choice of documentaries are available to suit member’s interests.

  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. Women’s Group

    Women getting together enjoying each others company and experiencing a wide variety of activities  including movies, meals out, day trips, op shopping, speakers and visits to local attractions. We meet each Monday at 1pm or earlier for day trips. Member ideas for the group are always welcome. Coming up in May Old time movie at Read more

  6. Gardening

    Gardening reconnects you with nature, and nature provides us with the grounding, connection and satisfaction we all need to sustain our thriving, happy selves. Gardening regularly can help reduce stress. Tasks vary throughout the seasons, and there is always something to do. Some of the types of activities that gardening groups do include lawn mowing, Read more

  7. Christian Groups

    Christian Groups meet together for fellowship, friendship and spirituality. The groups are non-denominational. Activities may include biblical studies, prayer, DVD viewing or visits to community venues. Groups are facilitated either by a staff member or a tutor.

  8. Coffee Morning

    Coffee mornings are a great opportunity for members to get together for a coffee (or tea) and some social time.  Enjoy affordable and great social opportunities. Stanmore Road Members meet on a Monday morning at 10 am to socialise and catch up after the weekend over a coffee. Puriri Street Puriri Street has coffee mornings Read more

  9. 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

  10. Op Shopping

    From time to time Step Ahead will head out to Op Shops around Christchurch (or further afield sometimes), to search for items for our various groups, or to give the members the opportunity to look for personal items and clothing they can purchase for themselves. This allows members to buy things at a cheaper price Read more

  11. Music Group

    Music Group offers members the opportunity to choose a favourite piece of music, which is projected onto a big screen, for everyone’s enjoyment and appreciation. Members may also play an instrument and singalongs are also popular. Discussion about music chosen is encouraged and often leads into researching other music and groups. The introduction of new 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