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Whānau Ora Community Support


Referral Criteria

  • All age service
  • Adults (over 18) must have a mental health diagnosis
  • Referrals are accepted from Health Professionals and Self/Whānau
  • There may be a waiting list for this service

Referrals are triaged weekly. When we receive a referral, the client and referrer will be advised of the outcome of the referral within 10 working days by letter. If the referral has been accepted the client will also be contacted by their preferred contact method to arrange a first meeting.

Oranga Day Activities


Referral Criteria

Clients must have an assigned community support worker, peer support worker or equivalent from one the listed organisations to attend day activities.

  • Purapura Whetu
  • Kakakura Health Services
  • Comcare Trust
  • Emerge Aotearoa
  • Stepping Stone Trust
  • Pathways Health
  • MHAPS – Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support

Clients must have a meet and greet with programmes coordinator prior to attending day activities.

Referrals are accepted from Health Professionals and Self/Whānau.

Activities for all ages.

Spaces may be limited.

The referrer will be contacted by the coordinator within 10 working days to organise a brief meeting with both the worker and client. The reasoning for the meeting is to discuss the programmes, answer any questions regarding the programmes and allows the client and programme coordinator to become familiar with each other. The worker may also raise any concerns or risk they have with their client participating in the programmes. Following the meeting the client will be added to a text list where they will receive text reminders of all the programmes that are open for attendance.

Te Hā Waitaha – Stop Smoking Canterbury


Anyone can register for support from a Stop Smoking Practitioner.

Te Oriori

  • Any Whānau in Canterbury who have tamariki aged 0-7 years 



Referral Criteria

  • Referrals are accepted from professionals
  • Youth aged 13-18 years with mental health and/or drug and alcohol issues
  • Referrals are triaged weekly

Please send completed referrals to

For more information about this service follow this link to the Odyssey House Website.


Tū Pono Connect

Adult Mental Health Services

When to refer to our Tū Pono Connect worker:

  • This service is for anyone who needs support but may be unable to access this help for various reasons.
  • This service has a focus on homelessness and suicide prevention
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