Q: How do you manage to provide so many activities at such low cost?

A: We receive funding from a variety of sources, from Government funding such as Ministry of Social Development, COGS and NZ Lotteries, to Council and Shirley/Papanui Community Board, as well as amounts from St Albans Baptist Church, Rata Foundation, The Ministry of Social Development, The Department of Internal Affairs, Southern Trust, Tindall Foundation, Todd Foundation, Pub Charity, Boulcott Fund , the John Ilott Charitable Trust, Mainland Foundation, United Way, and Archer Memorial Trust. We are also supported by the generosity of businesses such as Veges Direct, Tegel Foods, Verkerks, McGrafix.com and Reach Out Press. We have over 160 volunteers who regularly contribute their time and energy to the work of the Neighbourhood Trust. Neighbourhood Trust also partners with other organisations and groups to bring services to the Mairehau/Shirley/St Albans area.

Q: How can I support the work of the Trust?

A: Neighbourhood Trust is registered with the Charities Commission and financial donors can receive tax receipts for tax credits. The Trust relies heavily on volunteers to deliver programmes and help at events. Contact ginny@nht.org.nz for more information on how to help.

After-School and Holiday Programmes

Q: If I receive a WINZ subsidy, can I also receive a 'two children from one family' discount?

A: Sorry, but no. If you already receive a subsidy, we cannot discount further.

Q: When do your holiday programmes run over the Christmas break?

A: The holiday programmes run in the last two weeks of the holidays, before going back to school in February.

ESOL Programmes

Q: Is there a cost to this programme?

A: Currently we have funding from the Rata Foundation, Christchurch City Council, Tindall Foundation and NZ Lotteries, so we can offer this service for free.

Q: What is SuccessMaker NZ?

A: SuccessMaker NZ is a software programme based on the NZ curriculum.  It has an embedded diagnostic tool, so helps you learn the things you found difficult.  You have a tutor with you, too, to help you out.

Q: I'm a mum with a baby and find it hard to get to a course. I'd like to try it out, but don't know if I can get to it.

A: The tutor can come to your place with SuccessMaker on a laptop at a time that suits you.  You can give it a go without obligation.

Golden Connection Programme

Q: Do I have to come to church to come to the Golden Connection activities?

A: No, you are welcome whether you attend church or not. God doesn't have any favourites, and neither do we.

Q: Do I have to book to come to the activities?

A: The bus trips, meals and foot clinic all require you to book in.

The Mairehau Newspaper

Q: Can people from the community submit articles for The Mairehau?

A: Yes, The Mairehau is a contributions-driven newspaper, but please email themairehau@nht.org.nz . This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or ring 355 6522 for a copy of the Contributions Guidelines. Pressures of space may mean that some articles may be edited, reserved for a later issue or not published.

Pay It Forward

Q: What is Pay It Forward?

A: Pay It Forward is a social enterprise and community development project. It houses a craft collective selling their high quality, hand crafted goods through a retail shop sited at 49 Nancy Avenue, Mairehau. All profits go back into programmes and projects in the community. Come in and have a look. There is also a Community Space next door where some other learning opportunities run. It is available for hire at $10 an hour. Contact ginny@nht.org.nz or text 027 746 5168.


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