ABOUT US

Our vision is “Embracing, Equipping and empowering our Community.”

We are a charitable trust run by people with a passion to serve families and individuals living in the Eastern Christchurch suburbs who are experiencing financial hardship. We do this through a financial plan of action, educational money management courses, minor repairs, also community care programs.

Compassion Trust is run by a team supported by a number of sponsors and volunteers. We are based in New Brighton & Phillipstown Christchurch with offices based at the Grace Vineyard Church. All our services are offered free of charge.

OUR STORY – so far…

Established in 2003, Initially founders Mike and Chris Thomas hosted community meals at the Grace Vineyard Church building in Ferry Road, with 33 people attending the first meal. Over time, the popularity of these events grew as the community came to appreciate the love, encouragement and support. By 2007, around 200 guests attended seven events held annually, culminating with a Christmas meal attended by 450 people. In 2006, Compassion Trust began to personally deliver school lunches to low income families. By 2009, school lunches (with home-baked cookies) were being delivered to 47 families each week, feeding 150 kids.

A key role of the Trust is matching up the needs of the community with willing volunteers who love serving in practical ways. Following the February 2011 earthquake, the Trust undertook a community need assessment project to fully understand the needs of the eastern suburb. It became clear that high demand existed for a community based free budget advice service. After much planning, recruiting, training and networking and building relationships with local support organizations, Compassion Trust Budget Advice Service was established on the 7th October 2012.

As a budget service we became affiliated with The New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Service (Now FINCAP) in August 2013. All of our financial mentors go through a period of training and supervision and are required to do ongoing training each year.

OUR MAIN SUPPORTERS
FURTHER SUPPORTERS

Challenge South Shore

Christian Budgeting New Zealand

City Mission

Comcare Charitable Trust

Community Connections Grants

Community Law

Dr Duncan Webb – Chch Central Electorate Office

Etu Pasifika

Gambling Anonymous

Mayors Welfare

MMW Design

Ooooby Christchurch

Parklands Fresh Choice

Pathways

Paegasus Health Support Workers

Poto Williams Labour 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

The Mad Acre

Union Street Medical Centre

WINZ New Brighton & Linwood

Youth Alive Trust

THE TEAM

We have a committed team of 32 volunteers across all our services.

Manager – Anne Addei

Financial Mentors – Anne Addei, Maria Penny, David Jones, Gill Newman, Ruth Russell, Alison Clarkson, Susan Watson and Chris Johnson.

CAP Money Coaches – Anne Addei, Nigel Burson, Maria Penny, David Jones

Office Administrator – Susan Watson

Accounts – Angela Matthews

MoneyMates Coaches  – Anne Addei and Maria Penny

+ A committed group of volunteers who assist with the beach Community Care Programmes held at Grace Vineyard Beach Campus 111 Seaview Rd, New Brighton during the week.

+ A committed group of volunteers who assist with Street Light Gathering held at Latimer Square in the City at Latimer Square every Friday night from 6 pm

BUDGET SERVICE STAFF & VOLUNTEERS

Anne

Manager and Financial Mentor (Affiliate FINCAP Inc), MoneyMates Coach

I am passionate about working and supporting people on the eastern side of Christchurch.  I live here myself and deal with the day to day frustration that we face. I have two teenage boys who keep me busy with all their sports and school activities. In summer we love to hang out at New Brighton beach with our friends and have fun and food together.

Maria

Financial Mentor (Affiliate FINCAP Inc)

I have lived in North New Brighton since moving to Christchurch over 30 years ago.  My husband and I have brought up three children over this time who are all adults, now living independent lives.  We have two grandsons and another grandchild due in November. I love getting out in the sunshine especially if it’s to do gardening.  I also love to read and enjoy cooking fruit and vegetables grown in the garden.

Gill

Financial Mentor Volunteer
(Affiliate FINCAP Inc.)

I enjoy empowering people to take control of their finances and to begin working towards their goals. I have a background in teaching and business and I value the opportunity to share my knowledge to help others.

I am married to Bruce and we have 3 adult children each and we share 6 grandchildren. We recently moved back to Christchurch after 5 years in Dunedin, so we are closer to our family.

David

Financial Mentor Volunteer
(Affiliate FINCAP Inc.)

I am semi-retired, having arrived in New Zealand in 2006 from South Africa, where I was the manager of the Accounting Services department for Shell Southern Africa. I have four beautiful adult daughters living in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Wellington and one at home with my wife and I.

My desire is to share the benefit of my extensive background knowledge and experience by giving back to the community.

Alison

Financial Mentor Volunteer
(Affiliate FINCAP Inc.)

I have volunteered to do financial  mentoring with Compassion Trust because I am a Christian.  I love to help people in the community who are struggling with life and living.

I want to take this opportunity to share Gods love with them by sitting down with them as individuals  listening to their story and assisting them to make a positive way forward in their circumstances.

Susan

Administrator
Financial Mentor (Affiliate FINCAP Inc.)

I love being part of the Compassion Trust team. Finances can be stressful so I enjoy supporting people as they work toward managing their money well to fit their lifestyle and goals.

I am married to Joseph and we have two primary school aged girls. As a family we enjoy getting outdoors together and exploring our beautiful country.

Chris

Financial Mentor Volunteer
(Affiliate FINCAP Inc.)

My wife and I moved to New Zealand 2 years ago and are part of Grace Vineyard. I’ve worked as a financial adviser for 25 years (in the UK) and feel that I will be able to use this experience to help my local community.

I enjoy helping clients get the best deal and to help them build a realistic and sustainable financial plan. Outside work I enjoy most sports particularly football (with the round ball) although I’m starting to get into the oval ball version too!

 

Hope

Financial Mentor
(Currently Training)

My passion is to help others in any way that I am able to. With a background in business and accounting it was a very natural progression for me to come on board as a Financial Mentor and help people with their budgeting and other financial needs.

I am a single mother of 3 beautiful children who keep me very busy. Looking after the children on my own whilst being a full time student has taught me a lot about how to provide for my family on a very limited budget.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am very social and friendly, with this in mind feel free to approach me at any time for a chat. 

Dorothy

Financial Mentor Volunteer
(Currently Training)

I semi-retired in 2017 and have been fully-retired since 2018.  Primarily, I would like to serve the Lord through helping other people by volunteering and doing something for the community even for a few hours a week and still enjoy the company of my retired husband when we’re together and when I’m at home.  

I believe that through volunteering, I can build valuable skills & assist people in their greatest time of need and be a blessing to them.

Angela

Accounts

I am married with two children, one studying in Palmerston North and one still at home.

Over the years we have had several businesses which have given me an understanding of the stress financial uncertainty can cause. It is therefore a privilege to be part of the team at Compassion Trust equipping people to take control of their finances, and allowing them to have fresh hope for the future.

COMMUNITY GATHERING VOLUNTEERS

Gill & Marilyn

Coffee & Chat Volunteers

We enjoy running Coffee and Chat every Wednesday for the community and we like to be able to help and assist people whenever we can and if we cannot help them, we point them in the right direction.

We both enjoy forming friendships with the people who attend and getting to know them.

Gwenda

Beach Vista Volunteer

As a young couple, we wanted to bring up our family by the beach and we have lived near new Brighton ever since.

We like the mix and friendliness of the people that live here. We met more of our neighbours due to the earthquakes and wanting to see people stay connected was the reason behind starting up Beach Vista Social Club.

I also like being (moderately) active outdoors and having a creative project on hand.

Heather & John

Community Lunch Volunteers

We love what Compassion Trust does and what the trust stands for.  I felt prompted by God to talk to Anne about cooking a meal for the community once a fortnight. We felt there was a need in the area. Because God has gifted me in this way with cooking skills I wanted to use this gift He has given me. Isaiah 58 spoke to me about sharing our bread with the hungry then our light will break forth. It gives us an opportunity to get along side folk we wouldn’t normally to hear their story and hoepfully introduce them to the kingdom and family of God. We have a great team who work with us and without them we couldn’t do what we do. 

Jay & Felicia

Latimer Gathering Volunteers

We originally came to Christchurch from California in 2009 and made Grace Vineyard our church home in 2010.

God has placed a love in our hearts for the lost and marginalized members of our community and we love to serve them through the Friday night outreach in Latimer Square. We are blessed to be able to share the love of Christ with the people He most strongly desires to bring into His family.

OUR CORE VALUES

Relationship

We recognise that the best long term outcomes happen in the context of relationship.  Through relationship we build trust and empower people to make positive life changes.

Kindness/Mercy

We know that showing mercy and kindness opens the door to building trust and understanding with people in our community.  Displaying kindness and mercy breaks down barriers and increases engagement.

Empathy

We recognise the value of empathy in the way we communicate with people in the community.  In a non-judgemental way we aim to fully understand each person’s unique situation.

Hope

We believe that people can change for the better and we have an important part to play in that change process as we support our clients.

Compassion

We recognise that it is compassion that motivates us to take action where we see the need for help and support.

LIKE TO HELP?

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 becoming “A Friend of Compassion Trust” and partner with us? We welcome all financial donations whether it is weekly, fortnightly or monthly. You may wish to support the ministry by choosing a specific food item to add to our food parcels.

How you can help out