Hospice South Canterbury offers free health care services to everyone in the district with a life-limiting illness. These services range from a seven-bed inpatient unit in Timaru, therapeutic days in our Community Cottage, an outpatient clinic, Better Breathing and Carer Skills education programmes, a night sitting service in patients’ homes, education courses for health workers, Relax and Revive sessions for patients and family, biography writing and counselling and bereavement support.

Hospice has been operating for more than 30 years in South Canterbury and interacts with more than 200 patients and their families each year. Its philosophy is holistic, catering not just for physical needs, but also the emotional, spiritual, social and psychological needs of patients and families

The Y South & Mid Canterbury has been making positive things happen with our region’s rangatahi since 1917.  Our mission is to inspire and connect communities by Investing in the Next Generation.

Our programmes and services include:

  • Youth & Community Development – nurturing the potential in young people through a variety of youth development programmes (e.g. resiliency Toolkit, Raise Up, Rainbow Support Groups, Rainbow Education 101 programme, Community Youth mentoring and transition) and play, active recreation and sport programmes (e.g. Bubble Football, Archery, Community Pop-Ups).
  • Education, Training & Employment Pathways – education programmes (Y-Skills & Y-Skills for Life) for rangatahi who have become disengaged from mainstream education to attain their NCEA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications, and Drive2Work support-to-employment programme.
  • Y-Drive Driving School – driver licence education and support, providing competitively priced driving lessons to people seeking their restricted or full Class 1 licence, together with our Community Driving Scholarship Programme.

Life Education Trust Mid & South Canterbury visits 65 schools and up to 8000 children annually in our region. Delivering important health education lessons taught by our specialised registered educators who are registered teachers.  The programme covers age-appropriate lessons on nutrition, body systems, self-esteem (resilience), social relationships and substances. Our goal is to empower children with knowledge to make positive healthy choices in their life which in turn enables them to reach their full potential.

The lessons are delivered in our high-tech mobile classroom giving the children an exciting and memorable experience. The truck and mobile classroom travels from school to school to ensure there are no barriers to access. We do not receive any government funding and hence the Trustees must fundraise and apply for grants to cover as much of the costs as possible so that the service remains viable to schools and no child misses this unique experience.

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Presbyterian Support South Canterbury – Family Works Service provide a wide range of social support services across the generations for tamariki and their families/whanau, and individuals, who are facing complex life challenges.  We are a client centre, innovative, responsive, professional social service organisation that works alongside people, inspiring hope and assisting people in multiple ways.

We support and work with everyone in our community regardless of their cultural, social, economic, political, and spiritual values.  We work alongside people to help them to achieve their goals and build their resilience.

We are passionate about the work we do and committed to working with tamariki and their whanau, alongside other key stakeholders and organisations in our community.  This allows us to be flexible and responsive, and tailor our service provision to meet the uniqueness of tamariki and their whanau and local community needs.

We have been supporting people in this community for over 100 years and we are making a positive difference in the lives of people every single day.

Over the past 12 months we have provided food support to 1499 families and individuals.  This is a significant increase from previous years – the funds that we receive as one of the charities for the 2024 Charity Bike Ride, will be used to continue to employ our food bank co-ordinator for 12 hours a week.  this is a critical role for our service and our community.


Our Vision is to advocate and support those people living with Multiple Sclerosis, their families, spouses, children, and whanau in the South Canterbury region, to have access to first world treatment, resources and services to improve their well-being and quality of life.

We employ a Field Officer to support the 125 clients suffering from MS in South Canterbury.

The money raised from the Charity Bike Ride will go towards our operational expenditure as we get very little government funding.

Mōkihi Hauora is a newly formed charitable trust that started operations on 1st July 2023.  Formed through the partnership of two established local charitable trusts, Timaru Mental Health Support Trust and Caroline House.

Mōkihi Hauora will deliver the services previously delivered by the two original trust; we provide an activity-based service for people with mental illness, employment support for those people who experience mental illness and are ready to return to the workforce and offer services to people experiencing distress related to substance misuse.  We offer individual sessions, recovery groups, outreach programmes to those in more rural areas and education and support programs to those affected by addiction.  We also have a residential house where those experiencing issues related to substance misuse can reside while recovering from their addiction.

Timaru Riding for the Disabled is a non-profit organisation founded in 1974, providing opportunities for anyone with a disability to enjoy safe, stimulating, therapeutic horse riding and horse related activities.

Riding is an enjoyable form of healthy, outdoor exercise, and an exciting, challenging, and motivating activity.  Interactions with the horse and the effects of its movement on the human body have significant therapeutic benefits.

Riding activities are designed to encourage participation and the development of individual abilities, with specific goals designed for each rider within the general fields of therapy and rehabilitation, education, sport and recreation.

We currently have 6 horses providing therapeutic riding and horse care to riders in the South Canterbury region.  Our volunteers support us in a number of ways, including riding sessions and fundraising.  RDA does not received government funding and relies on our own fundraising activities.

Learning for you is an organisation of parents/caregivers, teachers, and those people with an interest in SLD/Dyslexia.  Its purpose is to better understand SpecificLearning Difficulties/Dyslexia and provide support for students with Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia and those who have contact with these young people.

When Speld NZ restructured in 2011, Speld South Canterbury voted to become an autonomous member organisation of Learning Disabilies Association of NZ (LDANZ).  L4U remains a member organisation.  Being affiliated to LDANZ ensures that L4U provides quality professional information, especially in providing tuition for students.  Teachers recommended by L4U are registered LDANZ teachers.

Learning Disability Teachers:

  • are specialists in understanding students with learning difficulties including Dyslexia.
  • are classroom teachers who have completed studies in learning disabilities.
  • provide students with an individual learning programme based on assessment results.
  • are always ready to support and help students achieve their potential.
  • are registered with a professional learning disabilities association – LDANZ.
  • must keep up-to-date with new research related to learning disabilities and attend professional development.
  • can suggest resources for parents to use with their child.