Compassion Trust is a charitable trust serving families and individuals living in the Christchurch Eastern suburbs -New Brighton, Parklands, Aranui as well as the Philipstown, Linwood and Woolston areas and we offer one on one mentoring to support those who are experiencing financial difficulty.

We provide financial mentoring (budgeting), goal setting, debt management, assist with advocacy, KiwiSaver hardship, insolvency, run money management courses as well meeting community needs in practical ways through community gatherings.


We’ll help you with a financial plan, goal setting, strengths, debt, insolvency or advocacy


Learn how to budget, reduce debt, save and manage your money on this short effective course


We hold various regular gatherings serving those in need in our community


Free Financial Mentoring Service

Now our established New Brighton service is also in the city at 150 Ferry Road, from our office in Grace Vineyard Church City Campus buildings.

The office is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Appointments available for:

  • Weekly budget planning
  • Debt management
  • Working with creditors
  • Assisting with insolvency
  • Advocate with agencies
  • Support and education



Course Runs for 3 Evenings
Next Course – Early 2019.  Dates to come soon.
Held at 142 Ferry Rd, Christchurch

Take control of your finances by attending a CAP Money course. This FREE course helps you manage your money, so you budget, save and spend well.

For more information contact us at: office@compassiontrust.org.nz
or call us on 379 2329.


Getting Married? Just Married?

Look out for our periodic

3 week CAP Money Course for NEWLYWEDS and ENGAGED couples.

The course teaches budgeting skills that really work and helps you prioritise the things that are important to you, manage any debt, live within your means and save for the future.

For more information contact us at:
or call us on 379 2329.


Compassion Trust periodically runs a

3 week CAP course for retirement.

Courses run over 3 weekends.
As you reach retirement there could be a significant change to your income. This course aims to help you deal with the change in your income source and cash flow.

For more information contact us at: office@compassiontrust.org.nz
or call us on 379 2329.


Our teams are here to offer FREE mentoring with managing your money – financial mentoring, debt management and goal setting, as well as assist with advocacy, KiwiSaver hardships or insolvency.

We provide one-on-one mentoring and training to address financial issues and debt, and bring clarity and understanding of a weekly financial plan.

Managing money is a challenging task, especially for those on limited or insufficient incomes – and they are the ones it matters to the most. That’s when a bit of know-how and training makes all the difference, which is where we come in.

By journeying through with our clients, we can address the issues of hardship holistically, helping to break the hardship and poverty cycle and empower our following generations.


Serving the local communities by reaching out to meet immediate practical needs is another passion of ours. City ‘street kitchens’, BBQs and community events offering food and friendship are a regular way we do this.

We are not a food bank, but seek to assist and empower those facing difficulties that leave them short of food. We work with them to ensure that this is not an on-going issue.

“Thank you for your encouragement and support and generosity over the last few months.  Your advice has resulted in huge positive changes in our lives.”

– Budgeting Client

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Thank you Southshore Service Station - Challenge for collecting presents for all the people Compassion Trust support and we appreciate the generosity of the local community. Help us to brighten up those who are struggling this year.Thank you to those who have contributed Christmas items and presents for people in our community. We are wanting to share the joy of giving this season for those who may not have enough during this time. If you have a little to spare please pop it under our tree in store or food items to our donation box.
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Dear friends of Compassion, we are collecting Christmas items and presents for people in our community. We are wanting to share the joy of giving this season for those who may not have enough during this time.
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“So glad to hear the advisor has been in the same situation and good to talk over issues, be listened to, talked out loud with sensible advise. Very kind and knowledgeable.”

– Budgeting Client


The work the Compassion Trust does is made possible by the generous support from our wonderful sponsors. We are so grateful for their contributions to this cause and thank them profusely!

  • National Building Financial Capability Trust and their other affiliated services in the Christchurch area
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Canterbury Community Trust  (now Rata Foundation)
  • City Harvest
  • Grace Vineyard Church
  • Challenge South shore
  • Christchurch Sunrise Rotary
  • Christian Budgeting New Zealand
  • City Mission
  • Comcare Charitable Trust
  • Community Connections Grants
  • Community Law
  • Dr Duncan Webb Christchurch Central Electorate Office
  • Etu Pacifica
  • Gambling Anonymous
  • Mayors Welfare
  • Mene Solutions Ltd
  • Methodist Mission
  • MMW Design
  • New Brighton Project
  • Ooooby Christchurch
  • Parklands Fresh Choice
  • Pathways
  • Pegasus Health Support Workers
  • Poto Williams Christchurch East Electoral Office
  • Renew New Brighton
  • Ruth Dyson Port Hills Electorate Office
  • Salvation Army
  • St Faith’s Anglican Church
  • St James Preschool
  • St Vincent de Paul
  • Stepping Stone Trust
  • Thank You Charitable Trust
  • The Mad Acre – supplies fresh vegetables for our Community meal
  • The Southern Trust
  • Union Street Medical Centre
  • United Way
  • Variety NZ
  • Vision West
  • Work and Income NZ, New Brighton and Linwood
  • Youth Alive Trust

We want to support our local community by collaborating with existing and new social support services, with the aim to build a stronger, more fulfilled community so that we can be there for in the long term.


Year upon year our team work one-on-one with approximately 300 clients in our local community.

Over this last financial year:
  • 337 of our clients have received ongoing assistance. Our statistics show that clients who work with us long term have a greater chance of becoming debt free.
  • The average debt of our client is approximately $14,833.82
  • Total Loan debt owed to Finance Companies is $809,857.09
  • Total client debt in our local area this last year has been $4,998,997.70

Through our assistance our clients have been able to stabilize and improve their financial positions, many reducing their debt or even becoming debt free. It is vital for us to build strong relationships and be there with them for the long term.





HELP US make a difference…

A community organization like ours needs good infrastructure, resources and staff to be effective – and that comes at a cost. Would you like to consider partnering with us by becoming “A Friend of Compassion Trust”?

We welcome all financial donations whether it is weekly, fortnightly or monthly, or you may wish to support the ministry by choosing a specific food item to add to our food parcels.

Find out more about how you can help