CRC’s work is well-known in the Canterbury community, and on top of their day-to-day services, you’re also likely to see their team out and about collecting for charity or helping out at community events.
Since 2019, CRC staff have volunteered to participate in the Pink Ribbon Appeal for breast cancer research. On appeal day, staff head out into the community in pairs for two hours at a time on a rotating basis to help collect from the public.
GM Annie McNicol says, “Our staff are very willing to put their hands up to volunteer, giving up their time to put themselves out there and help out.”
For the first time this year, the CRC team will get involved with the Neighbourhood Trust Golden Connection Luncheon. The Neighbourhood Trust provides a range of events and services for over 60s in Christchurch. The luncheon is held three times per year, allowing seniors to enjoy a delicious meal and make connections with others.
Eight CRC staff will attend on the day, helping with setting up, serving, cleaning and packing up the venue.
“We think it’s very important to expand our connections amongst other organisations and to help our clients to become part of the wider community. A lot of our clients don’t know anyone, and we can help them to expand their network outside of CRC.”
For staff, volunteering offers new and valuable experiences, and many have jumped at the opportunity to be part of the lunches.
“It’s a win-win for us. We get back as much as we give in terms of our staff wellbeing,” says Annie.