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


Heart Kids New Zealand is the only organization that provide lifelong care for all affected by a congenital heart defect (born with) or who have acquired heart disease during childhood.

Heart Kids South Canterbury believe that no child, teen, adult or family affected by a childhood heart condition should travel the journey alone or unsupported.

We are there every step of the way, our practical & emotional support is vital.

We have been supporting local families for over 20 years with a travel subsidy to Starship Hospital, hospital gift bags, welcome home packs, ante natal & bereavement subsidy, school holiday – teenage get togethers, CPR courses, national camps, parents to conference, information packs, family support worker, murmurs, newsletters & Christmas party

There is no prevention or cure for a congenital heart condition

Once a heart child, always a heart child

Most importantly all money raised locally stays local

child restraints

South Canterbury Child Restraints and Rentals, main purpose is to have child/baby car seat/ restraints available for all families to hire, these are available on a long or short term hire, we also have qualified technicians who provide advice and support to ensure that a child/baby car seats/restraints are correctly installed in vehicles.

We are based in Timaru were we have a weekly drop in clinic for families to come for advice and hire of child/baby car seat restraints and our committee is extending our services and to provide regular clinics to the wider South Canterbury region.

As it is a legal requirement to ensure all babies and children are in a correctly fitted and safe in Child/baby car seat restraint while traveling in a vehicle our team aim to provide advice and support for all families and caregivers in the South Canterbury area.


YMCA South & Mid Canterbury’s mission is “Investing in the Next Generation”.

We’ve been youth centric in South Canterbury since 1917, with our programmes and services focused on three key areas:

  • Youth & Community Development – Nurturing the potential in young people;
  • Education & Training – Supporting people to reach their full potential, geared primarily to those who have disengaged from mainstream education;
  • Employment Services – Addressing barriers that prevent people from working, and supporting them into permanent sustainable employment.

The Central South Island Charity Bike Ride has generously supported the YMCA over the last four years.  For this we are extremely grateful!

This coming year we have embarked on a new community initiative that aims to “open doors” and deliver “community connectiveness” to those living in our community most in need.

This new community initiative is the provision of Y•Drive Community Driving Instruction Scholarships to support people with the opportunity to obtain a driving licence, irrespective of socio-economic circumstances.  Holding a driver’s licence provides social and community connectiveness and creates a better chance of securing permanent and sustainable employment.

So your support of the YMCA to “open doors” for those most in need in our community is greatly appreciated.

graeme dingle

“The Graeme Dingle Foundation Canterbury believes that every society owes every child the conditions to thrive, belong and contribute meaningfully. We help Kiwi children and young people develop mental fitness and resilience through self-belief, so that ultimately all of our young people know that ‘what they have inside is greater than any obstacle’. Graeme Dingle Foundation Canterbury delivers the Kiwi Can programme to 723 students every week at six schools in Waimate, Makikihi and Timaru. The schools are Bluestone, Timaru South, Oceanview Heights, Makikihi, Waimate Main and Waimate Centennial.”

Life Ed copy

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 teachers – Jane & Rudi. The programme covers age-appropriate lessons on nutrition, body systems, self-esteem (resilience), social relationships and substances. The aim 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 classroom is moved from school to school to ensure there are no barriers to access. We receive no government funding and hence fundraise and apply for grants to cover as much of the costs as possible so that the service remains affordable to schools and no child need miss out.

Whalan Lodge

Whalan lodge Trust own and operate an aged care facility situated in Kurow in the Waitaki Valley.

They are at present preparing planning to redecorated, upgrade and add extra rooms onto the building to provide care for an extra 8-10 frail elderly persons, which will bring the numbers up to 20.

As well as the redecorating of this facility, the rooms will be required to be equipped with beds etc.

Any funding shall go towards this need.

creative corner (400 x 200 px)

We are a not for profit community based Early Childhood Education centre. We have been operating in Timaru since the early 1990’s. We were originally established as a child care centre for state workers.

Creative Corner has a current roll of 76 families that we provide care and education for. Children that come to us are aged between 3 months and 6 years.

Our teaching team is fully trained with the exception of our teacher in training and our support teacher. We believe in offering well trained teachers at higher than the normal ratios.

We are governed by a board of trustees that are comprised of current parents at the centre.

Creative Corner strives to live and breathe our values both in the centre and in the wider community, these values are play, respect, resilience and nurture.