Belfast community network inc
The Belfast Community Network (BCN) began in 2001 when local community leaders identified needs in the Belfast community. Our community development model is governed by members of the BCN who are elected each year at our AGM: Belfast School, sports groups, churches, residents groups and businesses (Belfast Medical and TR Consulting Ltd).
The Executive Committee are also working at the grassroots of our work in our local community. This way of working in our community lends strongly towards how the North West Collective is working within Shirley/Papanui/Harewood. The Belfast Community Network is pleased to be working alongside the Northwest organisations as we move towards building our local community capacity.
Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi - With your basket and my basket the people will live
Bishopdale Community Trust
The Bishopdale Community Trust runs Sundbye Community House in Bishopdale where groups and activities are run for and by community members. The house is open Monday - Thursday 10am-3pm and hosts a Monday morning coffee group, a Thursday lunch, two walking groups, a craft group, a card making group, a scrabble group, a 500 card playing group, an explorers trip group and a yoga group.
The Trust also works with the wider community to enhance life in Bishopdale. We produce a quarterly community newsletter called the Bishopdale Bulletin, publish the online Bishopdale Directory, and help run an annual community festival, Celebrate Bishopdale!
We believe that every human being has a unique value, which arises from each person’s personality, life experiences, family background, race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, social class, age, religious and political beliefs; every human being has the right to self-fulfilment.
Community FOCUS Trust
Our vision is focusing on the needs of the local community and beyond that provides direction and the resources to meet practical, emotional, spiritual and social needs.
To ensure we focus on the needs, we work with others to make sure our projects and services are providing both the practical help and connection people are looking for.
We have a range of projects and services that help us connect with our community, supporting and giving help to those who need it. Our focus is to provide services where we can empower people to connect with their community and seeing the best in people.
Neighbourhood Trust's vision is to identify and respond to the needs in the community of North St Albans / Mairehau / Shirley not being met by other groups. The Trust uses a strengths-based approach to community development, believing each person has God-given potential, seeking to bring this out and enhance the resources existing in the community.
The Trust works mainly with families and older adults, providing a wide range of activities and services focussed on empowering and strengthening the community. The Trust offers a hand-up, not a hand-out. Neighbourhood Trust works with other groups and organisations to benefit the local community. It participates in various events and is represented at inter-agency meetings within the Shirley/Papanui Ward.
Northgate Community Services Trust
Northgate Community Services Trust is the community arm of Northcity church.
The purpose of the Trust is to provide practical Christian service to those in need in our community – including the aged, families, youth, the disabled and disadvantaged through: educational and health programmes, social activities and practical support.
The programmes and services we offer are based around health and educational initiatives and community support. We employ a Community Support Worker who works with local families and individuals and through our family mentoring programme we offer parenting mentoring. We employ a Zion Youth Worker who works alongside the teachers and students attending Zion Studios by providing support and pastoral care. On “Feel Good Fridays” our regular programmes are: a community health clinic, mainly music, seniors exercise class, foot clinic, healthy lifestyles group, men’s support group, computer tuition and a community café. In addition to this we run adult literacy classes in conjunction with Hagley Adult Literacy Centre on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and Box4Life - a fitness program is held on Monday evenings.
During the year we offer “Learning the Basics” cooking classes and “Simply Gardening” a beginners guide to gardening. On Wednesdays we distribute fruit and vegetables through our Vegetable Co-op.
Papanui Baptist Freedom Trust
Papanui Baptist Freedom Trust is committed to helping children and adults become strong contributing members of caring communities.
We provide community support and activities for people throughout Northwest Christchurch. These include:
Papanui Youth Development Trust
The Papanui Youth Development Trust (PYDT) serves the greater Papanui/Casebrook area although some of our projects attract interest from across the city and beyond. Our purpose is to empower young people to reach their full potential and impact their world, through professional programmes and facilities offering holistic activities that challenge and support them. This is delivered through the two main functions of the Trust:
Eight Core Projects
Te Koru Pou Iho (Youth Centre)
Centre Administration and Management with 18 regular Community Groups as part of our growing community.
Shirley Community trust
Our mission is and has been since our beginnings in 1999, “Responding in Christian love to local social needs holistically by empowering people through a range of community-led development initiatives in the Shirley Community.”
We build community in Shirley through projects and events that give opportunities for people to interact, form relationships, share experiences and develop capacity and resilience.
Annual Events Include:
te Ora hou
Te Ora Hou was originally established in Aotearoa in 1976, and in Ōtautahi in 1983. We are part of a national network of five Te Ora Hou centres around the motu.
Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi is committed to the holistic development of rangatahi and their whānau using a strengths-based, positive youth development approach. Our goal is to support and empower people to become agents for positive change in their communities.
Outside of schools, we are the largest youth service provider in northwest Christchurch with approximately 85% of our rangatahi identifying as Māori. We work with anyone who is a ‘good fit’ for our services, but primarily engage with urban Māori aged 11 – 24. We also work extensively with whānau but recognise our specific expertise is in helping young people to transition well into adulthood.
Services and programmes include youth after-school and evening programmes, holiday programmes, camps, 1:1 mentoring, programmes in schools, sports activities, events including Polyphony Youth Voice project, support for rangatahi who encounter the youth justice system, youth leadership development programmes, an on-site Alternative Education School, and the provision of social work, navigation and whānau ora services for rangatahi and their whānau.
Currently, we employ 36 staff, and have a strong volunteer base, contributing more than 3300 volunteer hours to our community every year.