The Community House Mid Canterbury – a place to meet in the heart of Ashburton – is a not-for-profit community-focused facility.
Situated in a prime location in the centre of Ashburton. Community House offers a range of spaces for a variety of uses along with other ancillary services.
How does Community House operate?
The day-to-day operation of Community House, is overseen by a board of 7 trustees, all of whom volunteer their time.. The team of staff situated in Community House include an onsite Manager, Receptionist, Marketing Administrator and Accounts Administrator.
Volunteers and Funding
Further volunteers are constantly sought for a wide range of activities at the Community House.
The Community House is funded by annual grants, donations, ongoing venue hire and the community van hire as well as the occasional fundraising. We would like to thank our supporters and ongoing funders for their ongoing support of CHMC.
The History of Community House
Community House was originally started in 1995 by May Greenslade as a resource centre for non-government agencies to provide a hub for social service groups in Ashburton. CHMChas continued to grow and the demand for such a service hub warranted the appointment of a full time manager in 2002 . Prior to this it was co-ordinated by a group of volunteers.
In late 2015 CHMC Charitable Trust acquired its current building and following a full renovation and refit the new CHMC was officially opened in April at Cass Street location by the Rangitata MP and the Ministry for the Community and Volunteer sector, Jo Goodhew. She stated in her opening speech;
“This is a big day for the Ashburton Community. It’s a day that only came about because of the courage to move on”.
Community House Today
In the wake of the tragic shooting at the Ashburton Winz office on September 1st 2014 the community trust along with the support of the community saw an opportunity to turn something bad into good and purchased the building to become now the Community House. At the time they were in need of more space and could foresee a great future for the Community House in these premises. Undergoing an extensive renovation to ensure that the sad history did not remain there were numerous changes both big and small to the building that stands today.
The present day sees the hub; home to over 20 permanent tenants along with providing causal office space options, meeting rooms for hire for the community, hire of the community van along with network meetings, photocopying services and JP signing services.
We are indebted to our generous local businesses and supporting funders for their commitment to helping us continue to serve the Community House Mid Canterbury.
On behalf of all at CHMC, we would like to extend a very warm thank you to:
- Lotteries Community Fund
- Cogs (Community Organisation Grants Scheme)
- CTMSC (Community Trust Mid South Canterbury)
- Advance Ashburton Community Foundation
- Lion Foundation
- Trust Ashburton Charitable Trust
We gratefully acknowledge the support of these funding bodies who have been an integral part of the Community House throughout the years.
We operate by a charitable trust made up of a team of voluntary board members who are committed and passionate about proving the Mid Canterbury area with the best resources possible for its local communities.