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Canterbury social support

The government is investing an additional $10 million in the next financial year for additional social service support for the people of Canterbury as part of quake recovery efforts.

This funding recognises that the enormous and life changing impact of the Canterbury earthquake on families is likely to continue for some time yet.

The funding will:

  • support trauma and other counselling services for people struggling as a result of the earthquake;
  • assist NGOs to provide case management and coordination services for those families with more complex needs;
  • and support additional community-based services for those affected by the earthquakes

In 2010/11, the $10 million provided after the September earthquake has allowed extra funding to be delivered to community and non-government organisations working on the ground in Christchurch as well as supporting coordination and delivery of services.

Good coordination of services with a single case management approach for families will be critical in addressing multiple and complex social service needs during the recovery.

The money will be drawn from the Community Response Contingency Fund.