About Us

The Enabling Youth programme was established in 2008. We are part of the Stopping Violence Services (Christchurch) Incorporated, which has been operating since 1984.

We have initiated partnerships with both government and community organisations, to ensure that our youth are enabled to develop positive, proactive strategies/skills to move towards creating safer communities.

The goals of the programme are to assist learners with raising foundations skills, strengthening social cohesion, encouraging positive life long learning's and making the community safer. By addressing issues of violence and abuse, the young person will be enabled to move forward successfully with confidence, or enter back into educational and/or employment opportunities within the community, as well as creating safety for themselves and for those impacted by their actions.

Young people who have participated in our programme have demonstrated:

  • Improved self esteem and confidence.
  • Healthier relationships with family/friends/partners and children.
  • Engaging with the community in more positive ways.
  • Less violent and abusive behaviours.
  • Improved communication and problem solving skills.
  • Successfully stair cased back or forwarded into educational opportunities.
  • Increased employment opportunities.

How is the Enabling Youth Programme Funded?

 The demand of our service continues to grow. To ensure the continued delivery of our programme, we are reliant on the funding support of government departments. These include Child Youth and Family Services, The Ministry of Education (Schools can access Interim Response funding), the Tertiary Education Commission and other community services, businesses and individuals. Local bodies, Schools, and Trusts are also valued donors.


Our programme receives referrals form various sources:

  • The Ministry of Education.
  • Counsellors.
  • Health professionals.
  • Educational Institutions.
  • Child Youth and Family Services.
  • Work and Income New Zealand.
  • Parents and Family.
  • Self referrals.

Youth Services

The Enabling Youth Programme is a 3 month one day per week, comprehensive intervention. It was established to assist at risk Youth/Rangatahi aged between 11 and 24 years of age...

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Adult Services

Stopping Violence Services Christchurch (SVS) has been a "lead provider" of stopping violence programmes for men and women since 1983 and youth since 2004....

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