Supergrans first started in Lower Hutt in 1994 under the umbrella of the Mature Employment Service. The service came to Christchurch late in 1995. It was officially launched in June 1996 and incorporated as a Registered Charitable Trust in 1997.
In 1997 Supergrans moved to Aranui, as this was perceived to be the area of greatest need in Christchurch.
Clients of the in-home programme are supported by trained volunteers (women and men) on a one-to-one basis, usually in the client's home. Volunteers work alongside people in a mentoring role, passing on skills in areas such as cooking, budgeting, and other home management life skills.
Supergrans success in achieving our mission depends on our wonderful team of volunteers. They are men and women from all walks of life and share a desire to help people improve their home management skills.
We offer a comprehensive training programme which covers topics such as communication skills, money management, mental health, disabilities, domestic violence, addictions and parenting. We also provide a selection of speakers from community and government groups such as drug and alcohol addiction services, mental health groups, Work and Income, OSH and Network Waitangi.
When a client's needs have been identified, the coordinator matches them with a volunteer who regularly works with the person on a programme of achievable goals for a specified period of time.
Most work is done one to one in the client’s own home using whatever equipment is available in that environment. We are most often asked for help with budgeting and economic meal preparation.
Although we are based in Aranui on the east side of Christchurch where the majority of our clients live, we do support people from other areas in Christchurch.