All children should believe that they can reach for the stars and achieve their potential in life. Home & Family has been actively contributing to our community and making a difference in children and families’ lives for more than 120 years. We have played a unique, essential and relevant part in creating stronger families and communities in Christchurch while preserving a heritage legacy.
Leaving a gift in your Will is one of the many ways you can support Home & Family in our mission. The Partners for Change legacy programme has been set up to honour the generosity of individuals and families who plan to leave gifts in their Will to Home & Family. This prestigious group of benefactors includes a growing number of like-minded friends and supporters of Home & Family.
A gift in your Will is welcomed whatever your situation and is an essential factor for ensuring Home & Family’s good work continues for years to come. When you notify us that we have been remembered in your Will, you will be invited to become a member. Members are kept informed of news and activities and are invited to an exciting calendar of events throughout the year.
Being a valued part of the programme means we can thank you in your lifetime and share our mutual passion for social welfare.
We can assist in helping you realise your vision for your gift, whether you choose to support a specific project or direct your gift for general purposes – meaning that it will be directed to the most crucial area of need. By leaving a gift to Home & Family in your Will, we can ensure that your donation fulfils your wishes and has a positive impact for years and generations to come.
A document called a codicil can be used to add a Home & Family gift to an existing Will. A legal adviser will need to be consulted for this but it is inexpensive, quick and very easy to do. You will need to include Home & Family’s legal name and Charities registration number:
Legal Name: The Home and Family Society Christchurch Incorporated
Charities registration number: CC23597
Many of our donors choose to leave a sum of money, however property, insurances, investments and other assets can also be gifted.
It is helpful for us to know if you have left a gift in your Will. This ensures that we can acknowledge your generous support and allows us to plan ahead. We would welcome the opportunity to explain the process of leaving a gift in your Will to you.
Just as a legacy to your family contributes to their future, your legacy to Home & Family invests in the future of tomorrow’s children. This is your opportunity to leave a lasting legacy that will make a real difference to future generations of children and whanau.
Help us to provide support to ensure all children live in homes where they are safe, cherished and where their potential is nurtured.
If you are considering leaving a gift in your will to Home & Family, you can contact our Executive Director, Val Carter, to discuss your intentions further to ensure your wishes can be carried out. All discussions will be completely confidential, and you are not obliged to follow any particular course of action as a result of any discussion with Home & Family.
On average, 15 children a day in New Zealand are placed in care.
Your gift can support our parenting programme, which helps keep families together by giving parents skills in safe, effective and nurturing parenting. We offer a residential programme that runs 24/7, 365 days a year and typically families stay for two months, although there is no time limit. Very often we work with families where out of home placements are being considered for the children.
Research shows children are better off in the care of their parents; Home & Family is committed to keeping children in the care of their parents wherever possible.
In 2017, 80% of primary school-aged children in Christchurch displayed symptoms of PTSD. New Zealand has the highest youth suicide rate in the developed world.
Your gift can support child and youth counselling interventions for a number of issues, particularly anxiety and depression; grief and loss; trauma; family violence; relationship difficulties; and parenting issues.
At Home & Family we offer Child-Centred Play Therapy (CCPT) for children as young as three. CCPT is one of the most thoroughly researched methods of play therapy in the world.
Our practitioners work alongside clients and families to create personalised plans, track progress and measure impact. We never turn a child or young person away or allow cost to inhibit someone from accessing counselling.
Police in Canterbury receive a domestic violence call out every four minutes.
Your gift can fund life-changing intervention for families experiencing families violence. Home & Family is committed to a vision where all children in Aotearoa live in families/whānau free from violence.
We have a specialist team supporting this vision and they have a particular focus on supporting children and young people experiencing or using violence with the family.
If your passion is preserving heritage, you can choose to leave your gift to the support the preservation of our grade 1, category 1 heritage building ‘Our House’
Our House has come a long way since it was first built in 1895, to house the Sisters of the Community of the Sacred Name. A grade 1, category 1 heritage building, it has served the Christchurch Community for over 120 years.
The house was once home to Nurse Maude’s dispensary and the base from which the first district nursing office operated. It has beautiful and unique heritage features, including a chapel with historically significant stained glass windows.
Home & Family worked closely with Heritage New Zealand to ensure that the significant aspects of this building were identified, preserved and maintained as the building took on a new purpose. After five years of fundraising, negotiations and construction we moved into Our House in June of 2018 and we finally have our own permanent home.
Your gift can fund on-going maintenance and restoration, allowing Our House to remain a treasured asset to the community and a landmark for hope, compassion and respect.
“At Home & Family, we know that if people get the right support, the right environment and the right acknowledgement, they can make changes. Some of them might seem small to other people, but for the people we get to know they are huge, absolutely phenomenal changes.”
In our 120 years of operation, Home & Family has consistently adapted to meet the changing needs of the community. Our work is as relevant and essential today as always.
Through three unique counselling, parenting and youth services, Home & Family creates environments for positive change, by working with the whole family.
Home & Family relies on generous donations from the public, sponsorship from businesses & grants to continue offering our much-needed services.