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RANGE OF FABRICS
Supergrans poised to close
SEISMIC SHIFT: Christchurch Supergrans manager Sue Yorke.
of an era'
By ANNA PRICE
SUPERGRANS Christchurch will
close permanently at the end of
next month, in some way a victim
of its own success.
Supergrans manager Sue Yorke
said that with high level budget
advice now representing 85 per
cent of its work, there had been a
seismic shift'' away from
Supergrans' core vision, mission
Government priorities and the
expectation of its key funder -- the
Ministry of Social Development,
which provides 67 per cent of
Supergrans existing revenue --
significantly'' contributed to that
shift, she said.
The Supergrans way of sup-
porting people requires time to
build a relationship and trust, and
the move to working with more
people for shorter periods of time
isn't conducive to helping people
make substantive changes in their
lives,'' Mrs Yorke said.
It is also not congruent with
The Home Made Partnerships
Trust Board made the decision to
wind up the trust, Mrs Yorke said.
Several factors were considered.
The social environment in post-
quake Christchurch on the heels
of a recession had changed the
mix of services sought by individu-
als and families, with little
demand for in-home services and
a significant shift in demand to
People are experiencing great
financial and personal hardship,
with increasingly complex circum-
stances,'' she said.
This is the end of an era,
but I believe this is the right
decision at the right time.''
Staff and volunteers had
been let go.
Supergrans' assets would be
distributed to one or more like-
minded charities and the trust
board would be attaching con-
ditions to the handover of funds to
ensure they are allocated for
activities in line with Supergrans'
vision and mission.
Supergrans was established in
Hampshire St, Aranui, in 1996 as
a lifeskills training operation.
At one point, it was training 460
students in nine courses, aside
from Supergrans' in-home pro-
gramme run by field workers.
It moved to the Foundation of
the Blind in St Albans after its
premises were damaged in the
earthquake, but staff and volun-
teers were still working with peo-
ple in their homes and in hubs
across the city.
Cr Tim Carter says the city could
sell non-core assets, including its
own offices, to help pay its share
of top dollar rebuild projects. Less
important assets were expendable
if offloading them helped ease the
council's debt burden in funding
anchor projects such as the new
convention centre and covered
sports stadium. He questioned
whether the council should be
owning half of the civic office
building and the Henderson
properties. Prime Minister John
Key this week said partial sale of
the city's assets could be the way
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commercial, which would be
suitable for the proposed
Leslie Linklater urged common
sense and asked for the council to
consider the good of many rather
than the enrichment'' of a few.
Supporters included one
Palazzo Lane resident who was
pleased to see the eyesore'' go. He
was joined by six other supporters
of the project, who felt the plan
was an improvement.
JAG director Geoff Ward said
his team would be looking closely
at the submissions, and may
choose to approach disgruntled
parties on a case-by-case basis to
try and resolve concerns.
Our initial impression is that
no issues have been raised that we
cannot satisfactorily work
through,'' he said.
No date has been set for a
hearing of submissions.
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