Need help? Visit a recovery assistance centre

Story time at the welfare centreRecovery assitance and welfare centers are now open all across the city. If you or anyone you know is in need of help or assistance,  please pass this information on to them, or help them get to the closest centre.

The centres provide face-to-face service and are a ‘one-stop shop’ of  government, local government and non-government organisations including Work and Income, Housing NZ, Christchurch City Council, Red Cross and quake and counselling support services.

The centres will be open 8.30am – 5pm weekdays and 9am – 4pm weekends at:

  • Linwood Community Link, 154 Aldwins Road, Linwood
  • Wainoni Aranui Family Centre, 31 Hampshire Street, Wainoni
  • Parklands Baptist Church, 180 Queenspark Drive, Parklands
  • St Faiths Hall, 46 Hawke Street, New Brighton
  • Nga Hau e Wha Marae, 250 Pages Road, Aranui
  • Shirley Rugby Club, 25 New Brighton Road, Shirley/Dallington
  • Sydenham Community Centre, 23-25 Hutcheson Street, Sydenham
  • Lyttelton Recreation Centre, 25 Winchester Street, Lyttelton
  • Mount Pleasant Yacht Club, Main Rd, Mount Pleasant (by Ferrymead bridge)
  • Old Boys Collegian Cricket Pavillion, Hagley Oval, South Hagley Park

Source: http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/welfare-centres/

Keep your spirits up!

Image from our collectionIf you are like me, now that the adrenalin-filled first few days after the earthquake are over, you may be feeling somewhat flat.  Or perhaps you are angry with Mother Earth for the way it has suddenly (and literally!) pulled the rug out from under our feet.

There is no doubt that life has changed in many ways for all of us, and it can be easy to let feelings of helplessness, frustration, sorrow  or pure numb shock overwhelm us.  As Richard’s earlier post outlined, there are many resources available to help us cope.  These resources tell us that some of the most important things we can do is support one another in the community and try to build some enjoyment in each day.

So how do we do this? Well, one way is to go out and attend events in the community. Don’t forget that while many programmes and activities have been cancelled, some are still taking place:

Also keep an eye on:

And visit us here on the Christchurch City Libraries Blog – we’ll do our best to keep you up-to-date. Why not share your tips for getting through? We’d love to hear from you.