Welcome to the Christchurch branch

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

If you live in or near Christchurch, please contact us for support, advocacy and information relating to disability. Our services are community based and we have staff providing a variety of services for disabled people and their family and whānau and the wider community.


We offer a range of services for disabled people and their family and whānau including access to our modern well-equipped holiday home in Christchurch and Paroa on the West Coast. All our support services (with the exception of Mobility Parking and Total Mobility) are free.

There are a number of ways you can access them. While some of our services may need a referral and not all the services offered by CCS Disability Action are available from our branch, please get in touch with us directly to discuss your needs and what we can offer you.

You could also contact your GP or Life Links as they can assess your needs and connect you with support providers.

Project SEARCH

project search brochure coverProject SEARCH is a holistic, one year programme that provides young disabled people with the skills they need to enter the workforce with confidence.

Interns are placed within participating workplaces and provided practical hands-on training, education, career development as well as comprehensive support throughout the programme.

In Christchurch the Project SEARCH pilot is hosted by Canterbury District Health Board at Burwood Hospital.

To be eligible to apply, you need to be a disabled person aged 18–22, enrolled at high school or in further education and want to be in paid employment.

If you are interested in learning more download a copy of our brochure (PDF 402kb) or the Word version (Word 105kb). You can also contact us to request an application pack.

Local Advisory Committee

Our branch is guided by a Local Advisory Committee that is made up of members who provide governance and leadership over our local branch operations.

You can contact Local Advisory Committee Chair Shane McInroe on Governance.CanterburyWestCoast@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 03 741 3275.

Local Executive Committee 

Our Local Executive Committee is made up of members who provide financial management and oversight at a branch level. You can contact Local Executive Committee Chair Simon Templeton on Governance.CanterburyWestCoast@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 03 741 3275.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can make a difference as part of our Governance, we would love to hear from you. Email Governance.CanterburyWestCoast@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or 03 741 3275.

Support us 

There are a number of ways you can support our work in communities. If you wish to make a donation or bequest, volunteer your services to our branch, find out about membership, or enquire about becoming a caregiver for us, please visit Support Us or contact our branch directly.

If you'd like to make a donation to the Christchurch branch be sure to select Canterbury & West Coast when you complete the online form and specify Christchurch in the comments section.


Christchurch Annual Report 2017/2018 (PDF 1.8 MB)
Contact Information
  • Street Address

    224 Lichfield Street
    Christchurch 8011

  • Postal Address

    PO Box 1506
    Christchurch 8140

Our People

General Manager
Simon Templeton

Simon Templeton

Simon is a registered Nurse with 23 years experience in mental health, and older persons’ health, both in New Zealand and the UK. All his nursing career has been focused on people with disabilities, with his ethos, focus and drive being people having the right to choose - autonomy.

Simon has been involved in the LEC for Canterbury West Coast since 2016, chairing the LEC since his arrival. Simon’s day job is CEO of Age Concern Canterbury. Simon is married to Emily and has two amazing daughters - Elyse and Olivia.

Mel Smith

Mel Smith

My role is to support the running of the six entities in the South Island and to support local leadership to provide quality services to people in urban and rural areas around the island.

My association with CCS Disability Action began in 2000 when I was a student social worker at Otago University. During my placement I recognised how easily my values align with those of CCS Disability Action, and after graduation I joined the Southland branch as a Support Worker and then Community Worker (now Service Coordinator).

To alter my horizons, I moved to Western Australia to work at the Deaf Society, where I ran the employment and community services departments. A qualified sign language interpreter, I never thought when I moved to Australia that I would need to learn another language!

I saw the Team Leader role in Otago advertised in 2009 and came home to take up that position. When the region restructured, I also became Team Leader in Waitaki and later moved into the acting Regional Manager role. In October 2016 I commenced as the General Manager of the new Southern Region.

CCS Disability Action is a family affair for me. My Mum is a Service Coordinator in the Southland branch. I had my son while working as Team Leader in Otago and he came back to work with me at 11 weeks of age. My partner is a researcher at the Donald Beasley Institute and has partnered with us on projects. My stepdaughter is a student at Otago University. My work-home life divide can sometimes be a bit blurry, but I quite like that.

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