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Leisure & Recreation

Regular exercise can provide health benefits for everyone.  There are several organisations in Christchurch who can provide information and/or supported exercise or activity prog

Activate Physical Disability Course - An outward bound course adapted as needed so that people with a disability get to experience everything an Outward Bound course has to offer in a safe and supportive outdoor environment.1course a year. Phone 0800 688927

Active Canterbury - Phone: 0800228483

Active Wellness - low impact exercise programmes - also classes for men 60+ and also seated based exercise.Venue: Rangiora War Memorial Hall (cnr Albert Street and High Street). Time 1.30 - 2.30 pm Monday and or Thursday $5 session.  P: 03 312 599

Age Concern- minibus outing service - social contact and an outing for those who are socially isolated P: 03 366 0903

Aqua Juniors - an inclusive Swim School specialising in teaching water skills to children with special needs 6 months of age up to teenagers. For bookings and further information E:

Canterbury Boccia Club - P: 03 342 7023

Canterbury Community Gardens - Chairperson: 03 942 6840 or 03 389 0212

Blind Foundation - indoor bowls, walking and running groups - 03 375 4300

Canterbrainers Choir - a therapeutic choir for people with neurological conditions - P: 03 377 5280

Christchurch - Arthiritis Land Based Exercise Class - great for maintaining mobility and joint strength - P: 0800 663 463

Christchurch NZ Riding  For Disabled - P: 03 348 4374 / 348 4339

Deaf Aotearoa - P:03 379 5074

Deaf Sports New Zealand

 Delta Community Support Trust  -  A programme for people with dual intellectual and pschological disabilities - promoting friendship and leisure opportunities - P: 03 389 0273

Duke Of Edinburgh's Hillary Award - The Helen Anderson Trust provides an opportunity for people with an intellectual disability to get active and take part in the award programme P: 03 338 7271

Feel Good Fridays - Low impact exercise class for seniors - Northgate 95a Sawyers Arms Road P: 03 375 08950

 -  A low intensity exercise class which combines gentle exercise, circuit and mind/body exercises. Aimed at people with various abilities. Contact Rachel Mullins - Christchurch City Council - Ph: 03 941 8210

Get into Gear - Granada  Exercise and Activity for Rehabilitation, Hallswell - P: 03 338 2009.  The Granada Centre also run a Dance Group and Community Activities Group (art, craft and woodwork)  - for more information P: 03 338 2009 E:

Green Prescription- A programme that supports people to lead active, healthy lives. A free service for referrals. Talk to your Doctor or Practice Nurse of call P: 0800 ACTIVE

Jolt Intergrated Dance - Classes, workshops and performance opportunties that enable people with disabilities to have a creative voice - P: 03 388 2807

KiwiAble Discount Leisure Card - Discounted recreation opportunities through out Canterbury for disabled people - administered by Christchurch City Council. P: 03 941 8210

Linwood Avenue Community Corner Trust(Linwood Union Church - craft group/Tai Chi/walking group/community lunch/friendship for older people - P: 03 980 9827

Older Adults Recreation Guide - A useful guide produced by Christchurch City Council          

Papanui Handiscope Centre - Weekly programme encouraging people over 21 to learn new skills  P: 03 351 8814

Parafed Canterbury - Sport and recreation for people with physial disabilities - P: 03 385 4449

Recreate NZ - Adventure camps are desighed to give young adults with disabilities to increase their social, emotional, intellectural and physical development throught the medium of outdoor adventure - P: 09 634 3474

Christchurch Riding For The Disabled - P: 03 348 4374

Rockers Of Ages - For elders and aspiring elders - an independent singing group - no previous experience required!  P: 0800 843 687

Southern Centre - A multi sensory recreational environment for people of all ages and abilities - P: 03 941 8999

Special Olympics Badminton, Badminton Canterbury and Special Olympics. P: Helen on 03 326 5029 or 0212375584

Sport Canterbury - Be Active - An eight week programme for people wanting to establish or restart their activity and have fun along the way. Suitable for all ages (18+) and levels of ability. P:03 373 5045

The Keepsake Singers - A singing group for people experiencing memory loss and dementia, older adults and anyone who would like to sing in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Monday during term time 10.00 - 11.00am followed by a cup of tea Phillipstown Community Hub 39 Nursery Road, Phillipstown. P: 0800THEMUSE (843687)

The White Room Community Creative Space (Skillwise) - Inclusive space that brings together disabled and non disabled artists - P: 03 382 0350

The UPP Club - A Peer Support club for children, teenagers and young adults who have Down Syndrome. 

Walking Group Booklets - Christhchurch CIty Council (includes information about walk and talk groups)

Wheelchair Tennis - Canterbury Branch - P: 03 323 9117

Y Thursday Club - A social get together for intellectually and physically disabled adults which runs every week during the school term. Various activities. P: 03 366 0689 ex 7018



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