Special Events

Special outings and events are regularly included in the programmes.

These include evening activities for Stanmore and West members, or outings such as day trips to Orana Park, Antarctic Centre, Akaroa, and Hanmer Springs.

  1. Justice Precinct Visit

    The Christchurch Justice & Emergency Services Precinct is a $300 million anchor project, led by the Ministry of Justice. The Precinct brings together all justice and emergency services in one purpose-built, leading-edge precinct in central Christchurch. Stanmore will be visiting the Precinct on Wednesday 17th October 2018 at 1:00 pm. We will be shown around Read more

  2. Guest Speaker at West – Awareness (Canterbury Action on Mental Health and Addictions)

    Monday 1st October 2018, 10:30 at West.Transport from Stanmore provided, leaving at 10:00Awareness is a network of people who have used mental health or addictions services, or identify with experiencing mental illness, substance use issues or distress. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month from 12.30pm and are a welcoming space open Read more

  3. Annual General Meeting 2018

    Annual General Meeting and Step Ahead Trust Board Elections 2018. The AGM this year will be held on 27th November at 4pm at the Holy Trinity Church in Stanmore Road across the road from Step Ahead. This is an opportunity to hear about the previous year and also formally elect any new board trustees. Light refreshments Read more

  4. Adventure Park Chairlift Ride

    A rare opportunity is being offered to members to experience an uplifting moment! Come along for a 1.8 km ride to the top of the Port Hills on the Adventure Park chairlift. We will travel up and down taking in the stunning scenery. At the top you will dismount and be able to take some Read more

  5. Open House Afternoon at Stanmore Road

    1pm – Friday 27th July 2018. This is an opportunity for members, family members, friends and support people to come along for the afternoon, visit our house, meet staff and one another as well as see and hear more about what happens at Step Ahead. Light refreshments will be served. Book in as usual. See Read more

  6. Christmas Lunch at the Garden Restaurant

    Thursday 14th December 2017 – 110 Marshlands Road. Please plan to make your own way to the restaurant as only limited Step Ahead transport will be available for those that cannot make their own way. Bus 60 and 150 go past the restaurant but several others go to the Palms which is a short walk Read more

  7. Horse Riding

    Wednesday 29th November 2017.  Stanmore Road, West and Rangiora will join together for an opportunity to go horse riding at Waimakariri River Horse Treks in Belfast. Come along for the “ride” or come along as part of the support crew. Riding can be for either an hour ($35) or ($25) ½ hour, depending on how many Read more

  8. Mid-Winter Swim 2017

    The annual Step Ahead mid-winter swim challenge will be held on Friday 18th August at 10.00am. This event is open to the brave souls who are willing to brave the elements and the austere and spartan conditions of wind and wave at this inopportune time of the year. Only the toughest need apply! But be Read more

  9. Ski Day

    Step Ahead is running a ski trip this year to Porters Ski Field on Friday the 25th of August 2017. Options will include skiing or snowboarding. The cost of this activity is $20 for skiers and $25 for snowboarders, which includes hire of boots, poles and skis/snowboards. The snow conditions are looking good this year. Read more

  10. Press Printing Plant Visit

    Friday 14th of July 2017 at 1pm. A very limited number of 5 members will be able to join the group to visit the plant where The Press and other newspapers are printed. This will be highly educational. Members need to wear covered in shoes. We will be given high-vis vests as we tour the plant. Read more

  11. Fire Station Visit

    On the afternoon of Wednesday the 19th of July 2017 at 1pm Stanmore will be visiting the Sockburn Fire Station. If you are interested in seeing how a working fire station operates, then come along for an informative and fun afternoon out. We may hear a little of the challenges in putting out the recent Read more

  12. Step Ahead Holiday Programme

    Step Ahead is only closed for the statutory holidays. Between Christmas and New Year and for the first week in January 2017 we have a holiday programme planned. We will do lots of day trips, visiting our favourite destinations. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us and we’ll be able to take advantage of Read more

  13. Archery at the West Hall

    Thursday 1st September 2016, 1:30pm at the West Hall. Stanmore Road and West members will have the opportunity to try Archery this month. This is an activity that quite a few members expressed an interest in having a go at so it is exciting that we have been able to make it happen again.A van 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