Canterbury Resilience Foundation

Supporting multicultural youth and their whānau to thrive in Canterbury.

As-salamu alaykum

We’re the Canterbury Resilience Foundation (CRF).

We’re a charitable trust set up to address the challenges faced by Muslim, ethnic, migrant and refugee families in Ōtautahi-Christchurch.

We focus on bringing youth and families from different communities together to build cultural understanding and promote inclusion.

Our team works closely with ethnic families affected by traumatic events, providing practical connections to support and organising cultural, education, sports, and wellbeing programmes for youth.

CRF also provides a voice for multicultural youth and their families when they need it most. We advocate for people and educate agencies and organisations on how they can better cater to the needs of ethnic communities in Canterbury. 

What we do

Support networks

If your family is facing challenges, CRF can help you bridge any cultural gaps and connect to local support services.

We are skilled at supporting Muslim youth and families who have experienced trauma, and migrants and refugees who are new to Canterbury.

Sports, education and cultural programmes

Our sports, education and cultural events unite youth from across Canterbury through their love of sport, learning and fun.

We encourage refugee and migrant families to get involved as a way to meet new people and have new experiences in a welcoming environment. 


Health and wellbeing programmes

CRF’s health and wellbeing programmes support multicultural youth to recover from trauma, overcome challenges, build their resilience and develop positive mental health.

We partner with expert facilitators and other community organisations to deliver specialised education.

Advocacy and awareness

Building cross-cultural understanding among the Christchurch community is important to CRF. We provide a voice for youth and families, support conversations between communities, and promote joint-action on issues for families from different ethnicities.

We work across agencies, local government and national government to ensure services work for Muslim, ethnic, refugee and migrant communities.