Community Development Services

We're here for you

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
You must be in our local area to qualify and provide proof of address and photo ID. And if you are working with our support staff you get to choose your food parcel items from what we have on our shelves, fridge and freezer.
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Friday Drop Inn Cafe

Fridays 10am - 12.30pm (except Public Holidays)
This is our much-loved weekly community meal, currently operating 'Cafe-style'.  Come and join us for a generous hot meal and dessert. All we ask is a small donation.
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Footprints Café

Mondays, 10am -12.30pm (Except Public Holidays)
Come and enjoy the warm, friendly atmosphere of our Footprints Café.  Relax over a cuppa, make new friends, and get delicious toasties and filled rolls etc for a small donation.

Free Budgeting & 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- In partnership with PEETO
TuesWed,Thurs Mornings
All levels of English language ability catered for.
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International Playgroup
Wednesdays, 9.30am - 11.30am during school terms
A playgroup for international mothers and their pre-schoolers.
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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 must live in our local Shirley / Richmond area (within the shaded area shown on the map).            If you are still unsure, we suggest you ring our free phone 0800-233582 to see if you are eligible before coming in.

The second requirement is that you must bring in proof of address and photo ID. 

We are part of the Christchurch Foodbank Network 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 1200 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.

A huge shout out to Stanmore New World, Foodstuffs Distribution Centre, Meat the Need, Kidd’s Cakes 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


Food Parcels Given
in the past 12 months

Friday Drop Inn Cafe

Please note: We are currently offering this meal in a 'Cafe-style' arrangement.

Fridays 10am-12.30pm (except on public holidays)

This is our much-loved weekly community meal.  Come and join us for a generous hot meal and dessert. All we ask is a small donation.

The Drop-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. 

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- In Partnership with PEETO
Tues, Wed, Thurs mornings 
Through collaborating with PEETO we can offer NZQA courses to people in our community to carry into employment opportunities. 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. We do provide places for those members of our community that may not necessarily hold the appropriate visa status.

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International Playgroup
Wednesday 9.30am-11.30am
A playgroup for international mothers and their preschooler's 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. 

Some of Our Community Development Team

Karen Terris

CDS Manager


CDS Management Support

Food Store


Footprints Café


ESOL Classes


Budget Advice
and Advocacy

Community Meal
Head Cook






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