He ruruku kia whakamahiri i a tātou, tamariki mai, pakeke mai, e tū pakari ai hei hunga whai whakaaro i ngā hapori manaaki.

We’re committed to partnering with children and adults to support people to become strong contributing members of caring communities.

We do this through:

  • Scheduled groups and activities.
  • Practical, social and emotional support for individuals and families/whānau.
  • Food bank deliveries with 0800 Hungry.
  • Collaborative community development and community events.
  • Some of the programmes listed on this page are shown in this brief video.  So check it out:

For more information about anything on this page contact:
Damian Ardell, Community Worker
Ph 352 4227, email: papbapfreedom@gmail.com

Mainly Music

Denice van Beurten and her team provide a fun, interactive music session where a child and their parent or care giver can enjoy music, movement, interaction, and more.

We meet every Tuesday during school terms at 10am for a 40 minute interactive music session, followed by morning tea (and playtime for children). We cater for all ages up until a child starts school, and beyond this time for parents who wish to return for social occasions.

Currently visitors are encouraged to come along 3 times before making a commitment of going on our roll.

Creative Sewing

  • Sewing & Patchwork Quilting.
  • Fun, food and friendship.
  • Sewing machines and some materials available.
  • Free tuition for beginners to advanced.
  • Morning tea.
  • Cost $3.00 per session.Wednesday morning 9:30am to 12 noon (school terms only).

Creative Sewing

Friendship Friday Community Lunch

      • Fantastic food.
      • Entertainment, fun & socialising.
      • Helpful information.
      • Monthly (usually but not always on the third Friday) from 12 noon.
      • Please phone a few days before to let us know you’re coming.
      • Cost $5.00
      • Free transport is available for those living in the area if required.

Foot Clinic

      • A service for people aged 60 years plus or people with disabilities who have difficulty trimming their toenails.
      • Have your nails cut and enjoy a foot spa, massage and cup of tea.
      • Note that this is not a medical service.  People with medical conditions affecting their feet should consult a medical specialist.  We’re very sorry but for this reason we aren’t able to work with anyone with diabetes.
      •  Held every 6 weeks on a Friday – appointments essential.
      •  Cost $10.00 (required to help cover our costs).


Card & Board Games


      • Held fortnightly on Thursdays.
      • Players are asked to be seated by 1:15pm.
      • A friendly fun filled afternoon.
      • No partner required.
      • Afternoon tea provided.
      • Cost $3.00 per session.

Social English

  • This is our exciting new group programme for people learning English as a second language.
  • Join us for English speaking and listening study on practical everyday topics such as giving and receiving invitations, making appointments, returning goods and much more
  • Starting 3rd May 2019.
  • Coffee and conversation.
  • Fridays 10-11.30 am during term-time.
  • $2/week.
  • Morning tea & childcare provided.
  • We’d love to have you join us!

Other Community Support Available

Do you need some practical support, someone to walk
beside you in tough times, a listening ear, or some advice?
We might be able to help you.

Do you have some exciting ideas on what you’d like to see
happening in your community? We might be able to work
with you on that too.

Do contact us at Papanui Baptist Freedom Trust we’d love
to hear from you!

Community Worker – Damian Ardell

Damian Ardell

Damian is dedicated to growing caring communities, empowering people who find life challenging, deep balanced learning and listening to people and intellectual ideas, and most importantly following Jesus.  Previously he’s been a Chaplain with people with disabilities, an Associate Pastor, a High School Teacher and a Support Worker for a disability organisation. Damian’s qualifications include a B.A. (Hons), a B.Min, and a Grad.Dip.Tch.Ln.

Papanui Baptist Freedom Trust is part of the Northwest Collective – nine local organisations from Belfast, Shirley, Papanui and Bishopdale who are committed to strengthening our communities through partnership.

Papanui Community Voices

Are you interested in learning more about the strengths and concerns of the Papanui community?  Recently in collaboration with Northgate Trust we surveyed our wider community and published the Papanui Community Voices report.  You can download it here: Papanui Community Voices Report

The work we do with our community would not be possible without the generous support of our funders.  Thanks especially to the Christchurch City Council Papanui-Innes and Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Boards, Rata Foundation, COGS and the NZ Lottery Grants Board.