The Woolston Development Project (WDP) is a not for profit community organisation based in the historically working class suburb of the same name in Christchurch, New Zealand.

It has a board which is comprised of members from the community. 

The Woolston Development Project started in 1987 becoming an Incorporated Society in 1988 as a result of the local youth needing a base from which to run organise programmes for young people.

Our vision is to build a community where people are happy, safe and resourceful. We do this in two ways:

1. By providing opportunities for children, youth, women, and families/whānau to develop to their full potential through the services we provide:

  • A Family Support Service with a dedicated Family Support Worker
  • A Women’s Social Support Group which meets weekly.
  • A Youth Volunteer Programme where secondary school students can support our OSCAR programmes.
  • OSCAR approved programmes for 5-13-year-old children during school term and holidays:
  • Depo Programme for 10-13-year-olds two afternoons per week providing age specific recreation and community projects which aim encourage giving back to the community.

2. By empowering our local community – all genders, ethnicities, ages and stages – through our community development projects:

  • A walking group on Thursday mornings followed by lunch together.
  • A weekly craft group on Fridays.