Media Releases

11th May


Chrystal Chenery will be dancing for Home & Family in Dancing with the Stars 2015

Home & Family are very proud to have Chrystal Chenery dancing for us in the 2015 series of Dancing with the Stars. The show will run on TV3 soon.

Chrystal is proud to be supporting Home & Family as her chosen charity; “They work with children, adults and families facing barriers to positive outcomes in their lives. They offer counselling as well as residential parenting courses. It was important for me to choose a Christchurch-based charity as I’m from there and also because I know the impact the earthquakes have had and the on-going struggles families there are facing.” See more at:

Val Carter, Executive Director of Home and Family says “After speaking with Chrystal I know how much our work aligns with her values. It is so exciting that such a beautiful and strong lady has chosen a local, small charity to support during the show. We can’t wait to watch her dance!”

Residential Parenting Programmes

Parenting programmes run from our house and flats and provide support for families facing difficulty. Many of our parents have experienced trauma in their lives and addiction, abuse and low self-esteem are issues that are prevalent. Our residential team of social workers and family workers is on hand 24/7, working alongside families to assess and develop skills in parenting and childcare

Counselling Service

Children and young people typically make up 50{6970b7755de16daaad2c192db131e19d400030d52f73be0042df1f8d3323739e} of our client base at any one time. Our counsellors support people work through the issues they are facing arising from anger, grief, loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, witness to or a victim of abuse.

Capital Fundraising Project ‘Our House’

Following the devastating Canterbury Earthquakes, Home & Family lost the building that had housed its head office and counselling services. In 2014 Home & Family secured the purchase of the convent of The Community of the Sacred Name on the corner of Barbadoes and St Asaph Streets. The convent is a grade-one, category-one heritage building that was designed by Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort and his son Cyril Julian Mountfort and built in parts from 1895-1926.

The refurbishment of this amazing building will provide Home & Family with a visible, accessible community centre from which to base its services. It will give Home & Family the potential to grow its services and reach more people who have need of them. This cost of this project will be 2.9 million dollars.

For further information contact:

Val Carter, Executive Director, 021 028 44270,

Operational Fundraising or Volunteering for Home & Family:

Sophie Deegan, Fundraising Manager, 021 087 37497,

Capital Fundraising for ‘Our House’ Heritage and Social History Preservation Project:

Sarah Barrer, Capital Fundraiser, 0275449977,

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