The Y-We are emergency and transitional accommodation and support for women and women with children



The Y Christchurch is a part of a national and global mission to empower and support women. Here in Christchurch we offer emergency and transitional accommodation for women and children.

We are here to support you if you are in need of a place to stay. Give us a call Monday to Friday between 8am-4pm, to make an appointment to meet with us.

About staying with us:
  • Our rooms are fully furnished

  • We provide you with linen and there is no charge for using our telephone or electricity (free tokens are needed to use the clothes dryer).

  • We have a common lounge for visitors and Whanau

  • You can bring your children with you to stay (boys must be under 14 years of age)


What you need to know:
  • An initial assessment is required in order to stay with us. It’s also important to note that we have a zero tolerance policy towards non-prescription drugs, alcohol and abusive behaviour

  • You will need to pay some rent each week and this is usually paid one week in advance

  • You will need to provide your own food but we share any additional donated food with all residents


How we support you when you are staying with us:
  • We can assist you to apply to Kainga Ora, and private rental options to get long-term and permanent accommodation

  • We have on-site counselling during the academic year

  • We love to have shared meals on special occasions



We are currently looking for volunteers who are interested in being a part of The Y Christchurch. As you can see above, we offer lots of wonderful opportunities for the women and children in our residence.

In order for us to continue doing what we do, we need volunteer assistance. Our volunteers may be a mentor, a workshop facilitator, assist with our programmes or even help with the maintenance of our grounds.

If you are interested in being a volunteer, fill out the ‘Contact Us’ form at the bottom of this page. We’d love to hear from you!