Community Development Services

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Delta provides practical support for families/whanau and individuals in the Richmond suburb of Christchurch. 

At the heart of our community service initiatives is a relational community development approach encouraging community connectedness, inclusiveness and resiliency. 

By showing we care, and walking alongside those experiencing hardship, disadvantage, and isolation, we are trusted to provide practical help and impart the necessary skills for real-life change.

Our Community Services

Food Store (Foodbank)

Mon, Wed, Fri 10am - 2pm
Our Food Store is a foodbank with a difference. You get to choose food parcel items from what we have on our shelves, fridge and freezer. You must be in our local area to qualify. 
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Free Budget Advice & Advocacy Sessions

We understand the difficulty of budgeting on a benefit when income is insufficient to cover every day essentials or one-off expenses.  Help is available for supporting the repayment of personal debt and/or with purchasing necessity household items.  We can also advocate on your behalf regarding benefit payments, housing, bills etc.  Please phone us to book an appointment with one of our friendly staff.

Migrant and Refugee Support

ESOL Classes
Wednesdays, 10am - 12.30pm
All levels of English language ability catered for.
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International Playgroup
Fridays, 9am - 12pm during school terms
A playgroup for international mothers and their pre-schoolers.
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Physical Play for Preschoolers

Thursdays, 9.30am-11.30am
Fun, engaging play for children under six years and their caregivers.  Our sessions focus on active play, balance, and the use of gross motor skills in a safe, encouraging environment.  
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'Friday Inn' Community Meal

Fridays 10.30am - 1pm with lunch served at midday.
This is our much-loved weekly community meal.  Come to join us for a generous hot meal and dessert. All we ask is a suggested $3 gold coin donation.
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Footprints Café

Mondays, 10am -12.30pm 
Come and enjoy the warm, friendly atmosphere of our Footprints Café.  Relax over a cuppa, make new friends, and get delicious $2 toasties and filled rolls etc.

Empowerment Courses

Grow Your Own Free Lunch
Free 5 week course: Learn gardening and cooking skills for the full 'garden to table' experience and then enjoy eating lunch together.

Counsellor-Led Course
Free 6 week course: Run by a qualified Counsellor.  Topics change regularly to keep relevant with community needs.  Please phone us for more information.

Food Store (Foodbank)

If you live in the Richmond area and you're going through a rough patch and found yourself short on food... we can help!

Our Food Store is a food bank with a difference. ‘Customers’ get to choose their food parcel items from what we have on offer (within a quota). We try to provide a range of staple foods and basic household supplies but this largely depends on the donations we've received.  Note that this is an emergency support that only provides approximately enough food for two to three days.

We do have some qualifying conditions – the main one being that you have to live in our local Richmond area (within the shaded area shown on the map). If you are still unsure, we suggest you ring to see if you are eligible before coming in. We are part of the Canterbury Foodbank Forum and will be able to advise you on where you can find emergency food support if you are not in our area.

We understand that it is often at a time of crisis or when pressures have built up that people first seek help. Having come to us in an emergency situation, we encourage people to take advantage of our other support services (like free budget advice etc) and activities. This way we can journey together, strengthening one another, to get through the hard times while celebrating positive steps along the way.

The Food Store is a vital service in our surrounding community, providing last resort emergency food relief to over 1,500 individuals and families/whanau per year.

Free Bread
Available: Monday to Friday in the mornings from 10am (except on public holidays). 
We receive varying amounts of bread that are near to or at use by date. For those struggling to provide breakfast, school lunches and the like you are welcome to help yourself. There is a restriction of 1 packet of bread per person, and 2 packets of bread per family.

Thanks!
A huge shout out to Stanmore New World, Foodstuffs Distribution Centre, Meat the Need, Kidd’s Bakery, the Wool Ladies Trust, Moorhouse Pak ‘n’ Save, Satisfy Food Rescue Kaiapoi, as well as many others, for their generous regular donations of food and bread.

Food Store Qualifying Area Map
Food Store Qualifying Area Map

2,556

Food Parcels Given
in the past 12 months

'Friday Inn' Community Meal

Fridays 10.30am-1pm (except on public holidays) with lunch served at midday.

This is our much-loved weekly community meal.  Come and join us for a generous hot meal and dessert. All we ask is a suggested $3 gold coin donation.

The Inn is more than just a means to an affordable, wholesome meal; it is a vibrant community event full of laughter, friendship, and sharing. Occasionally, before the meal is served, we have guest speakers who help to inform our community on various suggested topics.

We remain extremely grateful to our volunteer cooks as well as to those organisations who regularly donate quality food for this meal.

Please Note: Now limited to 50 people per meal.  Please purchase a ticket at reception before Friday each week.

Cultural Support for Migrants and Refugees

We work with those new to Aotearoa New Zealand, giving them the support they need to get established and make themselves more at home here.  This can involve helping migrants and refugees to find their way around Kiwi customs and culture, and connecting them with appropriate groups and organisations. 

ESOL Classes
Wednesdays 10am - 12.30pm
Whether you are just beginning to speak English or you want to build confidence in speaking, our classes cater to a range of abilities. Throughout the year we have additional English courses, like Kiwi English, Grammar, and IELTS.  Classes are open to all residents and non-residents.  Numbers are strictly limited for these courses and you need to register to join.  If you have residency please bring your passport with proof of residency to the first class you attend. 

International Playgroup
Fridays 9am-12pm
A playgroup for international mothers and their pre-schoolers runs during the primary school term.  This is a chance for the mothers to socialise while informally learning about the Kiwi culture and language.  This takes place in the Pukeko Room and courtyard next to the Delta reception.  Please bring $2 for the session or $10 for the term, and a piece of fruit for a shared morning tea. 

Physical Play for Preschoolers

Thursdays, 9.30am - 11.30am

At Delta, we provide a stimulating, fun, safe, and engaging environment for children under 6 with their caregivers.  Our physically active play sessions promote healthy children and interactive adult participation. These fun sessions focus on active play, balance, and the use of gross motor skills.

Parents and caregivers are invited to play along with their children, cementing the relationship with their child, and improving their own health as well as setting an example for their child of active play.

Some of Our Community Development Team

Karen Terris

CDS Manager

Angie

Food Store

Andrea

Budget Advice
and Advocacy

Community Meal
Head Cook

Phillipa

Budget Advice
and Advocacy

Footprints Café

Shauna

Cultural Worker

Physical Play Coordinator

 

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