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Aspire Canterbury has been an integral part of the Christchurch disability and elderly community since 1982. We enhance the lives of disabled people, and people with impairments by enabling community participation and maximum independence. We do this by connecting you to the right resources and reducing everyday barriers, by being a trusted source of information, providing mobility products and associated services, and enabling people with impairments to achieve their best life.

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Are you looking for help for yourself, your whānau or a person in your care?

Find out about the support that’s available to you.


Are you a Health Professional, or Community Worker?

Here’s how we can help to support people within the communities they live.


Got a question?

Get in touch and we will point you in the right direction.

Latest news & events

  • Next Steps 2024 Website

    Next Steps 2024!

    We are excited to announce that Next Steps 2024 is open for registrations! Are you an accessible organisation, disability service, or disabled person with a business enterprise? Next Steps is for you!

    The Next Steps expo is for disabled people and their whānau to discover what is available when considering their next steps after school. The expo is open to everyone and is particularly useful for young people who are looking at life beyond school.

    Friday 19th July, 11am—4pm
    Haeata Community Campus Auditorium—240 Breezes Rd, Aranui

    Registration is free.

    You can register your business, enterprise, service, organisation by clicking the link below.

    Please note that spaces are limited and available on a first come first served basis.

    If you have any questions, please contact:
    Amy Coët – Information & Community Coordinator - Aspire Canterbury | 021 0255 5365

    Register to be a stallholder at Next Steps
  • Thrive Website 1


    We can't always control what happens to us in life, but we can control how we react to it - that's when we "THRIVE"

    Aspire Canterbury and Braintree Wellness Centre are excited to present THRIVE!

    We invite the disabled community and their whānau to join us for a series of inspiring talks. Featuring passionate experts with lived experience, showcasing their resilience and success, you will gain valuable tools and strategies to help you THRIVE.

    Monday 4th March - Thriving in Adversity with Craig Hickford.

    Craig opens the series, by sharing his story of recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury.

    Monday 18th March 1 - Growth Mindset with Julie Woods
    . Renowned inspirational speaker “That Blind Woman” speaks about the power of two little words: Why Not?

    Monday 15th April - Building Resilience with Dr Lucy Hone.
    Dr Lucy Hone, a thought leader in the field of resilience psychology helps turn complex science into useable tools.

    Monday 29th April - Motivation & Confidence with Gary Endacott
    . Gary has never let his disability stop his burning desire to succeed. In his words “Attitude is everything”.

    Monday 13th May - The Power of Nutrition with Simon Challies.
    Simon's lived experience with Parkinson's Disease has inspired his passion for the life-changing impact of nutrition.

    Monday 27th May - Reflections - Group Workshop-
    Share your reflections on what you have learned from this series and how you will use these tools.

    All events are 10am-12pm

    Enrol via this link:

    Joining via Zoom is an option, but we encourage you to attend in person at the lovely, accessible Braintree Wellness Centre, 70 Langdons Road, Papanui. Each talk is priced at $10, or you can opt for a bundle of all 5 at only $40. The group workshop is free. If cost is an obstacle, contact us to discuss options.

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