The Chris Ruth Centre is a day service for over 21 year olds with "very high needs" disabilities.
It is only in recent years that children with both physical and intellectual disabilities have had the option of accessing mainstream education, The Chris Ruth Centre Trust was established to help these young people integrate into society once they leave school.
Although some supported employment initiatives exist in Christchurch, they are not suitable for people with higher needs, and reaching the age of twenty one, these people are no longer funded for education.
The Chris Ruth Centre Trust bridged the gap for maturing students leaving the Upland Unit special education programme and provided a unit where these young people with special education needs could continue their integration into society. We now offer placements for students from all Canterbury and Mid Canterbury Schools