The Canterbury Men’s Centre
The Canterbury Men’s Centre emerged from the August 2007 Men’s Issues Summit. Since then our manager, staff and board have been diligently working on achieving our mission statement of Healthy Happy Canterbury Men.
Our Purpose / Whainga
- To provide charitable facilities in Canterbury, New Zealand where all males can be supported in using resources provided for exclusively social welfare purposes.
To promote the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing of males and society.
To involve males of all ages, cultures, races, occupations, social and economic circumstances.
To provide a forum for males to discover and clarify their needs, rights and responsibilities.
To raise society’s awareness and respect for male’s needs, rights and responsibilities.
To ensure that the services offered by the Men’s Centre are client centred.
To provide a conduit to existing social services, resources, and courses for males.
To create, or stimulate the creation of, services, resources and courses where they do not exist and where a need has been identified.
To ensure that the rights and responsibilities of men, women and children to live in a community without violence, abuse, or intimidation are recognised and to endeavour to address these issues through the programmes offered and activities undertaken.
To recognise the needs, rights and responsibilities of fathers: in conventional two-parent families, as stepfathers, as adoptive fathers, as sole custodial parents, as non-custodial parents.
To acknowledge the views of other individuals and groups in our society that will compliment the Mens’ Centre’s aims and objectives.
Chief Executive Officer
Donald has been with the CMC from inception. Donald is a Registered Social Worker and has experience working in a range of community groups as well as a background in child protection services. His training includes a Masters Degree in Applied Social Work from Massey University as well as a Bachelors of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering). Donald is key to shaping our projects and seeing that the agency functions optimally.
Karl was appointed in January 2017, has been involved with the service for the past three years. Initially, Karl became involved as a social work student and since graduating from the University of Canterbury in 2014 with First Class Honors in Social Work. He later was asked to join the CMC board where he eventually became treasurer until December 2016. Prior to joining our staff, Karl worked in Specialist Mental Health Services, (Canterbury District Health Board), and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Recovery and Health. Karl’s new role will be developing service delivery and daily management of the CMC.
Left to right are: Lee Luke, Sharon Necklen (secretary), Nick Adams (chair), Michael Hempseed. Not in the photo are Mat Hobbs and Dennis Valentine (treasurer).
My interactions with the CMC started off when I was a social work student on placement. I enjoyed the hands-on element of the Men’s Centre. They really tap into the community and align themselves with the current needs that are out there. I am excited to be joining the board as I have a passion for bringing awareness to issues which the greater society are either unaware or ignore. I bring a social work background/ skill set to the mix. I have grown up in Canterbury my entire life and love seeing our city change and develop as each new challenge comes about.Sharon Necklen
Dennis has served as a board member on a variety of community organisations and until recently practised as a registered Marriage Celebrant. With Donald, Dennis was part of the original working party. He has been with the Canterbury Men’s Centre since day one and was CMC’s inaugural Chairman. Business ownership and management is the background against which Dennis transitioned to a career in the Social Work sector where he practised as a Prison Educator Tutor, Group Facilitator and Alcohol & Drug Counselor. He practised for over 18 years as a Relationship Counselor specializing in Relationship breakdown and disputes between parents. Dennis has spent nine years as a Family Court Coordinator working for the Ministry of Justice. Just recently he has retired after nine years with the Ministry of Social Development as a Family Violence Response Coordinator for the Canterbury region where he also served on the Care & Protection Panel for Child Youth & Family.Dennis Valentine
Thanks to the funder below. We’ve had a lot of support from funders while we build our service and couldn’t be doing the work we do without them. We thank these funders and ask that you support them as they have us over the past year(s).
We would like to thank the range of others that have provided private support to us as a personal donation. We won’t name people here but several people gave unsolicited donations in the past 12 months.
|ANZ Staff Foundation|
|Christchurch Casino Charitable Trust|
|Christchurch City Council|
|Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Trust|
|Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) Aoraki|
|Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) Canterbury Rural|
|Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) Christchurch City/ Banks Penninula|
|Community Trust Mid and South Canterbury|
|Four Winds Foundation|
|The Lottery Grants Board|
|The Rata Foundation|
|The Southern Trust|
|The Trusts Community Foundation|
|United Way New Zealand|
We aren’t a research focussed agency. However, we support it where it meets our purposes. Please see the following:
Mind the Gap: What those in the field say about male victims of family violence
An Evaluation of The Blokes Book and Fun for Older Men booklet
Blokes Book and Fun for Older Men book Evaluation Dec 2016 is an evaluation completed by a Social Work student while on placement with the Canterbury Men’s Centre.
Professional responses to male survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Professional responses to male survivors of childhood sexual abuse: This paper was produced by our social work student, Silas Thielmann as a response to the belief by many professionals in the caring/mental health professions that it is harmful to engage with men about any childhood sexual abuse. The conclusion was quite the opposite.
New Zealand Men’s Health Bibliography
New Zealand Men’s Health Bibliography: produced by social work student Silas Thielmann this paper summarises the existing research relevant to NZ men’s health and well-being as of 2010.
There are different ways you can help out from volunteering your skills or time to donating money for specific purposes.
Counsellors / Social Workers
If you would be interested in becoming a contracted or student counsellor at the CMC please write or phone us.
We have volunteer roles for social workers and student social workers as well. Please get in touch if you would like to know more.
We are grateful for any private donations. We appreciate the institutional funders below, but the private sponsorship we receive is a morale boost for us.
We have charitable trust status and provide appropriate receipts to our donees. You can also donate to us through your company payroll scheme. Tell your employer and they can contact us to sort out the details.
We are very happy to target your donations toward special projects. Just let us know what you are thinking.
We’d love your help if you’ve some time and some skills. Give us a call or e-mail us if you are interested. A few things you could help with include:
– Keeping our blogs/web sites up to date, or getting them just looking great with a one-off push;
– Doing one-off graphic projects for us
– Being a “gopher” at the range of events that we facilitate/run.Lot’s of fun.
– Being a drop-in support guy for men in crisis
– Your suggestion here ………….!
If you have other skills that you think could be helpful we’d appreciate you comments. Send a message to Donald through our contact section and say hello.
Donate - Want to make a difference for Canterbury men?
- Ask us how you can volunteer to help out.
- Make a regular or one off donation either by cheque or internet.
- Make a bequest.
- Payroll giving. Did you know you can now arrange for payments directly through your wages? Just take this to your accounts person and ask them to make the arrangements.
- To make a one off donation use the Paypal Donation button on the right.
We are a registered charity so all donations are tax deductible OUR BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS ARE:
Canterbury Men’s Centre A/c number: 02 0800 0923575 000
Charities Commission Registration No. CC10647
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