Pay It Forward

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Once again we ran craft classes for children as part of the KidsFest fun in the July school holidays. Click here to see all of the classes we offered. Let us know what you'd like to see on offer again next year.



'Pay It Forward' was a new project for Neighbourhood Trust, created as both a social enterprise and a community development project. In the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes, creative people had few outlets to sell their goods. In December 2014 a co-operative store opened in a small shop at 45 Nancy Avenue, Mairehau. Fifteen founding artisans worked on getting the store up and running and creating co-op guidelines.

In March 2015, Pay It Forward moved to a larger shop at 49 Nancy Ave, that currently hosts over 50 designers and has an adjacent community space that may be hired by the public.

Pay It Forward encourages life-long learning and creativity. It provides space for teaching and meeting for local groups and businesses as well as a retail space for Canterbury crafts and arts people. All profits go back into keeping the project running or supporting community programmes. It was supported by a grant from the Christchurch City Council Endowment Fund and Rata Foundation (formerly The Canterbury Community Trust) Social Enterprise Fund and a smaller grant from Pub Charity.

Please use this link to register your interest. Please note, all artisans selling through Pay It Forward must live in the Canterbury area. The curator panel will look at all submissions at regular intervals and make decisions using a criteria matrix to ensure that products for sale don’t conflict with each other and that they are in keeping with the tone of the shop – a ‘no’ therefore does not infer lack of quality or attractiveness. We will let you know their next meeting time, so you can drop off a sample of your work in the week prior to this.


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