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) 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 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 18–21, enrolled at high school or in further education and want to be in paid employment.
Youth and Sibling Groups
CCS Disability Action Christchurch runs groups for disabled young people (with different opportunities depending on age) and their siblings.
Our youth groups are inclusive, friendly and fun and aim to engage, support and offer space, opportunities and pathways to social inclusion. We can work to remove any barriers that you may think will get in your way, including Support Workers, transport or interpreters.
We offer a:
- Sibling Support Group. You can download a flier here (PDF 618KB). This is also available in Word (Doc 101KB).
- Youth Group for people aged 12-17. You can download a flier here (PDF 674KB). This is also available in Word (Doc 102KB).
- 18+ Group for people 18-25. You can download a flier here (PDF 674KB). This is also available in Word (Doc 102KB).
To find out more get in touch with our branch via email or phone (ask to speak to our Youth services team).
We would love to hear from you.
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 Michelle Gillett on Governance.CanterburyWestCoast@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 03 365 5661.
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 Andrew Kidd on Governance.CanterburyWestCoast@ccsDisabilityAction.org.nz or phone 03 365 5661.
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 03 365 5661.
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.
CCS Disability Action Canterbury West Coast Annual Report 2020 (PDF 966 KB)
My name is Michelle Gillett, but most people call me Chelle.
I was born in 1972 in Dunedin. Growing up in Dunedin, I first knew about CCS Disability Action when it was called CCS and I attended the CCS kindergarten. After many more years, I started to do volunteer work on the reception of CCS Dunedin; it was not long after I started on the LAC of the Otago branch. After a year, I moved to Mosgiel and did not have a lot to do with the organisation for a few years.
It wasn't until two years ago I was encouraged to join the local branch, as I became very passionate about disabilities and what was working and what was not working. I found a lot of things that were not, and in some cases are still not right, so I could get out and meet people. I loved it so much that I put my hand up to take over as the new Chairperson. I want to be a person who can help these changes to happen.
I look forward to continuing on the LAC and meeting people along the way. I plan to try to be available should anyone need to talk.
Andrew is a Chartered Accountant at Nexia New Zealand in Christchurch with over 10 years’ experience. In mid-2016, Andrew was introduced to CCS Disability Action by his mentor and CCS Disability Action Life Member Michael Keyse and has been a part of the Canterbury West Coast branch Local Executive Committee since.
Andrew enjoys being able to give back to CCS Disability Action and the community through his experience and knowledge obtained in practice. He sees CCS Disability Action playing an important role in the disability sector, particularly advocating for both the rights and needs of those living with disabilities and the Support Workers who support them. A highlight of Andrew’s time on the LEC to date has been attending the graduation ceremony for Project Search in its first year.