Help Build Youth Hub Christchurch
You can help build Youth Hub Christchurch
Youth Hub Christchurch aims to be a turning point in the lives of our city’s young people.
Currently being constructed at 109 Salisbury Street in central Christchurch, the Youth Hub is the first of its kind in New Zealand and will provide everything Canterbury’s young people aged between 10 and 25 need to improve and maintain their mental health, from supported housing, to health and support services and recreation and creativity.
Organisations that will be based on site include Te Tahi Youth (formerly 298 Youth Health), Youthline and VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai. Once open, these organisations, along with a dozen others are expected to deliver up to 8,000 youth appointments a year.
What sets the Youth Hub apart is its supported housing facilities. These will provide accommodation for up to 40 young people aged between 16 and 23 for up to 18 months. During this time, they will be assisted with their health, employment, catch-up education and given the vital support they need to transition into independent living.
Construction on Stage One (building to house the youth service providers and a supported housing wing of 23 bedrooms) is well underway thanks to the support of Anglican Care who gifted use of the central city site, $18.1 million of government funding from the Infrastructure Reference Group programme, a $1 million donation from the Wayne Francis Charitable Trust and a $500,000 grant from the Rātā Foundation. Stage One is expected to be completed in mid-2024.
The Youth Hub Trust is urgently looking for funders to complete Stage Two of the Hub which includes another wing of supported housing facilities and a community centre with spaces for recreation, training and creativity.
Why is it needed here?
New Zealand’s largest survey of young people, Youth-19, found that one in five high school students could not see a health professional when needed and that depression and suicide ideation had increased. The report recommended improvement priorities, including ‘one-stop-shops’ for rangatahi, where they can access healthcare and other services. It also found that services available are not currently fit for purpose for young people – particularly for rainbow, Māori, Pasifika, and male youth.
To exacerbate this, Christchurch’s young people have had to endure the 2010-11 earthquakes, 2019 mosque shootings and COVID-19 pandemic. These events are hard on all young people but are often crippling for those already suffering adversity.
Youth Hub Christchurch aims to break this cycle of adversity by enabling all young people in Ōtautahi the opportunity to lead healthy, safe and valued lives, fulfilling their potential and vibrantly contributing to their community.
How you can help
The Youth Hub Trust continues to fundraise to fitout Stage One of the facility, as well as to build Stage Two which includes an apartment block with 5 apartments each with 2-3 bedrooms, a cafe which will be used for training purposes, creativity, music, performance and events spaces, an art gallery, education and training areas and planter boxes and greenhouses on the roof.
Find out more here: www.youthhubchch.org.nz
The Christchurch Foundation are helping the YouthHub to fundraise by providing a cost-effective way to process gifts online. A gift through us will simply be passed on. This service is another way we can help support the not for profit sector in Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri.
In response to the 2024 Port Hills fire this fund has been established to assist with the regeneration of endemic natives in the impacted area.
There is scientific evidence that natives are more fire resistant and can significantly contribute to the resilience and protection of at-risk ecosystems and communities.
The funds raised will be actively managed by The Christchurch Foundation and distributed with support of the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust and Te Kākahu Kahukura. These two reputable entities are already working in the impacted area and have extensive experience in the establishment of native plants in a best practice manner with participating landowners (private/public and charitable).
Funding could be applied not only to securing new plants but could also include pest management, weeding and other activities to support the regeneration of the area safely.
The intent is to help increase the fire protection on the port hills as well as also increasing the biodiversity of the area.
Join our giving circle to support women and girls in Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri. A giving circle is a form of collective giving whereby a group of people pool their individual donations and then jointly decide how and where the funds should be distributed. Individually each contribution makes an impact, but jointly it is amplified having a much greater impact in the community.