Working with women and their families with a bias
to those at risk
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Project Esther Charitable Trust has been working with women and their families for almost two decades. With a staff of seven and many volunteers we offer a multifaceted range of acitivities and support.
For many years we have assisted inmates at the Christchurch Women’s Prison through the Chaplains by providing small financial gifts for study, clothing and craft materials TVs and radios. We also support women reintergrating into the community post-prison.
Te Whare Atawhai is our emergency support accommodation offering short term relief from six weeks to six months. Women in situations of difficulty or crisis use the house as they transition to longer term accommodation. Women using this service have included those who have recently immigrated, are moving out of a mental health service or prison, are facing debt or who are leaving difficult relationships. There is a Family Worker attached to this service.
Project Esther has a Single Mums Support service offering a variety of options including visits, support groups, parenting course, internet access and use of computer and printer.
From time to time Project Esther also offers short term help groups which focus on healing from childhood sexual abuse and women managing anger.
We also have a popular preschool Music and Movement class each Wednesday for parents and caregivers in the community which fosters bonding, musical enjoyment and provides opportunities to connect with others in the local area.
We welcome referrals which come from a variety of sources including Plunket, preschools, school principals, doctors, counsellors, CYFs and the Police. This year we are assisting a Family Expo-‘Parenting Children with Special Needs and Disabilities’ as part of parenting week.
We operate from 248 Lyttleton Street and are a community ministry of South West Baptist Church.