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Help Build Youth Hub Christchurch

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, it will house a dozen organisations working on the frontline of youth mental health and wellbeing. These organisations will deliver wrap-around services including mental health, medical, educational, employment and training, recreation, creativity and social entrepreneurship.

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 medical and social service providers and supported housing wing) is underway thanks to the support of Anglican Care who gifted use of the central city site and a pivotal $12.5 million in Government Covid-19 shovel-ready funding.

Why is it needed here?

We know that one in every five young New Zealanders are struggling and require support from time to time, while a further one in 10 face severe adversity in many aspects of their lives including health, education, employment and housing. 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 for the additional $17.5 million needed to fully complete the facility.

With construction costs and inflation rising by the day, the need to raise the additional funds to enable stage two of the project – the building of sixteen apartments, a creative arts centre, recreation space and rooftop vegetable gardens. This money will also ensure the facility has appropriate accessibility features and is built in the most environmentally sustainable way.

Find out more here: www.youthhubchch.org.nz

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