Special Events

  1. Exciting Management Opportunity for all Members

    Have you ever thought about running or working in a small business? Step Ahead is planning on starting a small social enterprise and we are looking for volunteer members who would like to be involved. We are not looking for specific skills at this point, more a desire to be involved. The aim of the Read more

  2. Member Staff Liaison Meetings

    These meetings are held monthly at all bases. They provide an opportunity for members to suggest new programme ideas and give feedback from the last month. It is also a time for staff to share information about any Step Ahead happenings and to let members know the outcome of last month’s new programme ideas. The Read more

  3. Guest Speakers

    Guest speakers are programmed regularly at all bases. Ideas from the membership for guest speakers are encouraged. Previous speakers have included topics such as: Personal safety at home Ideas for keeping warm at home on a low budget Budget advice Legal advice Vaccinations Healthy Eating Canterbury Raptor Rescue Advocacy Arthritis Educator Guest Speakers in November Read more

  4. Open House

    At least once a year an open house is programmed at all bases. This provides an opportunity for members to bring family, friends or support people to Step Ahead, to meet other members and staff. Clinicians and other visitors are also welcome. Art and craft projects will be on display and refreshments will be served. Read more

  5. Black Cat

    Akaroa Harbour is considered to be one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of the South Island. A trip on the Black Cat, cruising around the extinct volcanic harbour and seeing Hector Dolphins is a highlight for members. It’s an opportunity not to be missed for an enjoyable day out. The trip details, costs and Read more

  6. Jet Boating

    Alpine Jet Thrills provide a thrilling trip up the Waimakariri River from Kowhai Bush near Springfield. It’s a great day out either to enjoy the jet boat ride or come to watch the action. Usually an annual event. Check the newsletter and programmes for details of dates and costs or ring the office.

  7. Art Exhibition

    Step Ahead holds an annual art exhibition, usually in early October, to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. The exhibition helps to ensure maximum exposure and to breakdown barriers and reduce discrimination. Previous exhibitions have been held at the Eastside Gallery on the corner of Worcester Street and Stanmore Road. The exhibition includes a diverse Read more

  8. Annual General Meeting

    AGM and Trust Board Elections 2019 The 2019 AGM was held on 22nd October at the Holy Trinity Church in Stanmore Road across the road from Step Ahead. The 2020 date will be advised mid year. This is an opportunity to hear about the previous year and also formally elect any new board trustees. Light Read more

  9. 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

  10. Horse Riding

    Usually an annual event. Waimak River Horse Treks offers ½ and 1 hour treks, and the opportunity for grooming and saddling tuition at no extra charge. It’s a great place to spend the day, either to ride or enjoy the horses, including the opportunity to groom. There is a high ratio of helpers per rider, Read more

  11. Skiing and Snowboarding

    Skiing and Snowboarding are annual events to either Porters Pass Ski field or Mt Hutt. Lessons and ski hire are included. It’s an early start time, usually leaving Step Ahead at 8.30am to make the most of the day on the ski field. There may be space in the van for members who want to 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