Step Ahead is a place of acceptance and well-being for those with mental health issues in Canterbury.

Te Ara ki Mua, hē wāhi whakaae, whakamana, whakaora ōu whānau e mauiui hinengaro ai

Activities are at the heart of everything we do at Step Ahead. We don’t just offer one activity per day, but multiple, allowing members to have choice in the activities and gatherings that promote mental and physical well-being.

Members can pick and choose which activities to attend, and there are no limits on how many you can sign up for. Activity costs are often subsidised, meaning that many activities are free to join, and the rest are a minimal cost.

The purpose of these regular and thoroughly enjoyable activities is to help those with mental illness take part into community life and wellness. We are a welcoming, understanding, and non-judgemental place that helps people ‘step ahead’ in their recoveries by organising all sorts of activities and get togethers, and anyone stepping in from the street might think we are a well organised group of friends rather than a not-for-profit organisation.

Members are at the heart of what we do and are involved at every level of the organisation, from suggesting activities, to sometimes being employed by Step Ahead, and joining the Board of Trustees. Members support and assist each other every day, and often form long-lasting friendships.

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Step Ahead | Activities programmes supporting people with mental illness

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