Cholmondeley Children's Centre

Community Organisation

Cholmondeley Children's Centre
6 Cholmondeley Lane
Governors Bay Canterbury
154 days ago

AMI Community Grants application

Katie McCullough from Cholmondeley Children's Centre

Cholmondeley Children’s Centre in Governor’s Bay provides short-term emergency and planned respite care for children of families who are affected by stress and crisis. These issues could include, but are not limited to, illness, bereavement, displacement, family violence, financial strain and … View moreCholmondeley Children’s Centre in Governor’s Bay provides short-term emergency and planned respite care for children of families who are affected by stress and crisis. These issues could include, but are not limited to, illness, bereavement, displacement, family violence, financial strain and addiction. In these situations children are often the first to become vulnerable, especially when a family’s usual supports, like friends and family are unable to help. When it is considered in the best interests of the child to spend some time away from home, Cholmondeley Children’s Centre is here to help. Our organisation’s aim is to give children an opportunity to build resilience, while gifting time to families to manage stress and crisis, through provision of a fun, camp-like respite with 24 hour care and an education programme.

At Cholmondeley we believe that all children have the right to be unconditionally respected by adults, feel safe and have their physical, emotional, social and cultural needs met. To meet children’s needs we have created a safe, warm, stimulating, nurturing environment and retreat.

Our organisation has a long history of caring for Canterbury children in need - we’ve been operating since 1925 and have improved the lives of over 25,000 children and their families. We are 80 per cent community funded so rely heavily on the generosity of supporters like AMI Community Grants, to continue to provide this vital service.

Cholmondeley Children’s Centre’s vision is ‘Value Our Children’ - a Canterbury haven, creating a meaningful and enduring difference for every child and their whanau. Our core purpose is to ensure that every child leaves Cholmondeley with enhanced well-being. By striving to achieve our core purpose each and every day, we are helping to make a positive difference in New Zealand - supporting vulnerable children and their families to overcome adversity and to thrive.

587 days ago

AMI Community Grants Organisation Finalists!

Katie McCullough from Cholmondeley Children's Centre

Hi Neighbours
Fantastic News! Cholmondeley Children's Centre is one of five extremely worthy finalists in the organisation category of the 2018 AMI Community Grants. And we are the only South Island charity in this category! Last year we provided 1403 admissions to 519 children from … View more
Hi Neighbours
Fantastic News! Cholmondeley Children's Centre is one of five extremely worthy finalists in the organisation category of the 2018 AMI Community Grants. And we are the only South Island charity in this category! Last year we provided 1403 admissions to 519 children from Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region. This is the highest number of children in our 93-year history, and the demand for our service continues to grow. If you could get please get behind us and show your support by going to the link below and voting for Cholmondeley before September 2 that would be fantastic. Thank you.
www.neighbourly.co.nz...

620 days ago

Cholmondeley Children's Centre

Katie McCullough from Cholmondeley Children's Centre

Cholmondeley Children’s Centre based in Governors Bay, Canterbury provides short-term emergency, and planned respite care and education to children aged 3-12 years whose families are experiencing genuine stress or crisis.

What constitutes a stress or crisis? There are many factors that could … View more
Cholmondeley Children’s Centre based in Governors Bay, Canterbury provides short-term emergency, and planned respite care and education to children aged 3-12 years whose families are experiencing genuine stress or crisis.

What constitutes a stress or crisis? There are many factors that could contribute to a family needing extra support to ensure a child’s wellbeing, such as Mental health issues, Physical illnesses, Bereavement, Family violence, Financial pressures, Traumatic events and Other personal family stresses.

In these situations children can become vulnerable, especially when a family’s usual supports, like friends and family are unable to help. When it is considered in the best interests of the child to spend some time away from home, Cholmondeley Children’s Centre is here to help. Our aim is to give these children the opportunity to build their resilience, while issues at home are resolved.

Since 1925, Cholmondeley Children’s Centre has remained an essential resource for the community. The children who come to stay at our Centre, come from Christchurch, the wider Canterbury region and sometimes as far north as Blenheim and as far south as Dunedin. Cholmondeley Children’s Centre is the only service provider of its kind in New Zealand and our model is unique internationally.

During a stay, children are provided with education, nutritious food, activities, hygiene supplies, transport and 24-hour care. Education at Cholmondeley is delivered primarily through our Adventure Based Learning (ABL) programme. ABL remains a key experience for the children during their stay as it enhances and fosters resilience in the children. ABL provides adventurous play, activities, and the environment where the children engage in activities such as: fishing, kayaking, hill-walking, gardening, cooking, and orienteering. This allows children to uncover their strengths, feel proud of their accomplishments and encourages them to determine their own path.

Our aim at Cholmondeley Children’s Centre is to provide a fun, camp like environment so the children can make lasting positive memories in a safe setting, rather than be adversely affected by the challenges they may be facing at home. Our model of care and education is specifically designed to draw out each child’s individual strengths, building their resilience and enhancing their future outcomes.

Last year, Cholmondeley Children’s Centre accommodated 519 children. This is the highest number of children in our 93-year history, and the demand for our service continues to grow. Cholmondeley Children’s Centre needs $2.2 million each year to support over 500 Children, and 80% of this is community funded.

We would like to thank AMI and Neighbourly for the opportunity to apply for the 2018 Community Grant. If successful, the funds from the AMI Community Grant will go directly to towards our overall operating costs to continue this vital service to the community.

Further information on Cholmondeley Children’s Centre can be found at www.cholmondeley.org.nz... and www.facebook.com...

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