The Breeze with James Daniels and Hilary Muir – Talking about Our House
If you missed The Breeze Christchuch this morning click below for the full interview. James and Hilary speak to Val Carter, Home & Family’s Executive Director, about the Our House campaign.
Following the devastating Canterbury Earthquakes, Home & Family lost the building that had housed its head office and counselling services. These are currently being run out of two residential flats in Hereford Street, which Home & Family are renting. Home & Family urgently need a new home, a place of their own to operate these aspects of their service from.
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. This building was home to Nurse Maude’s dispensary and the base from which the first District Nursing Office operated.
The convent is a grade-one heritage building that was designed by Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort and built in parts from 1895. This building, which has suffered some earthquake damage, will become the new home for the head office and counselling services. The convent has beautiful and unique heritage features including a chapel with historically significant stained glass windows. Home & Family are working closely with Heritage New Zealand to ensure that the significant aspects of this building are identified so that they can be preserved and maintained as the building takes on this new purpose.
It is the intention of Home & Family that Our House will have areas that can be used and enjoyed by the public so that this taonga becomes an asset to the community and a landmark for hope, compassion and respect.
The refurbishment of this amazing building will provide Home & Family with a visible, accessible community centre to base their services from. It will give Home & Family the potential to grow their services and reach more people who have need of them.