Testimonials

Find out how the Women's Centre has made a difference in people's lives

I cannot thank the Women’s Centre enough for the help I have received... Because of your free counselling service I was finally able to get the professional help I had been desperately seeking for 3 years.
— Counselling client
The Women’s Centre has a vitally important role in the well being of our city, especially at this time of extra stress. Women are the back bone of our families. If women do well, their partners do well and their children do well. Women cannot do well without support. The Women’s Centre has always provided this support to women who need it. They have done it professionally, compassionately and with great forethought for the last 30 years. I have had no hesitation in referring women to the Centre and always had excellent feedback.
— Dr Sue Bagshaw, FRNZCGP FACShM CNZM, 289 Youth Health
Coming to the Women’s Centre was a decision that changed my life. Struggling with trauma and illness, their support and comfort helped me to make sense of and untangle my inner turmoil and make changes for the better. Each week as I leave the Women’s Centre I feel gratitude and think how lucky our broken city is to have such a valuable resource.
— Counselling client
From the moment I entered the Women’s Centre I felt safe. I just don’t know where I would be if I had not sought this help. I found my voice and this has allowed me to confidently move forward into the next phase of my life.
— Client
I just wanted to extend my gratitude for the assistance and support you provided for my client who recently attended one of your courses. Christchurch desperately needs this service to continue.
— Social Worker
Before I came to the Women’s Centre in Christchurch I can say without a doubt that my self worth was the size of a grain of sand... I had lost my soul - but now I’m out to get it back and through the Woman’s Centre counselling, I know I deserve it.
— Counselling client
More helpful than any counselling that I’ve ever had before. Has changed my life permanently. Have not liked counselling in the past.
— Counselling client
A cliché, I know - I truly have learnt how to love & accept myself and be 100% okay with that. I know where to draw my strength from and how to continue leading the life I want. A miracle!!
— Client
Thank you all so much for your support through a very tough time in my life. I am now able to move on with better skills, understanding and resources to better my future... The Women’s Centre is invaluable at helping women empower themselves in a very positive way. I cannot thank you all enough for everything you have done to help me.
— Client
I’d like to especially thank you and your board for sharing a word document of your policies and procedures. As a new agency, our approach had been fairly patchy in this regard until recently, and relying to a large extent on professional accountability. I spend approximately eight hours to do our fully integrated hundred page document, almost wholly based on what you have shared with us. We needed it and it saved me a lot of time, and lead to my agency having collected wisdom of yours as a framework to lean on.
— Donald Pettitt, Manager Canterbury Men's Centre