The Present Site
The St Marks site was purchased from the Anglican Church in 2003. The iconic church building now operates as a reception and living area. Male & female accommodation has been added to the back of the church. A second house was added providing extra accommodation and a common room and hobbies room. At the rear of the section a third building houses a well equipped gymnasium. There is a small garden, with a vegetable patch, outdoor seating and recreation areas. In September 2010 St Marks purchased the adjoining property at 63 Main Street which is utilized as post treatment supportive accommodation, where clients can live in a flatting situation for up to six months.
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Residential treatment is targeted at complex cases where clients need somewhere safe to address their problematic lifestyle in a supportive setting. Clients arriving at St Marks often have co-existing mental illnesses and some are physically and psychologically unwell. The waiting list for admission to St Marks is three to four months.
At present the Board have developed a building improvement programme to cover the next few years. We continue to review and improve our programme, to recruit and retain dedicated qualified staff and to provide for their continuing education. To date St Marks has achieved excellent reports. As with all NGO's, budgets are tight and donations and fundraisers are important to the continuation of this programme.
Examples of this are the significant contributions from The Canterbury Community Trust and St Marks Annual Dinner and Auction hosted by Blenheim South Rotary.
The Society is appreciative of the voluntary support and helpers who assist with the day-to-day running of the Centre. Donations of money and time are received from time to time for numerous small projects connected with the running of the Centre.