Asian Community Transformation Trust

Empowering Asian Communities to Navigate Towards Holistic Wellbeing

This Trust seeks to empower the Asian Community in navigating towards holistic wellbeing by:

(a) Providing education opportunities for Asian immigrants through events, seminars and workshops to help them integrate into New Zealand society while also sharing their culture with the community;

(b) promoting belonging in young people from Asian communities by organising events, seminars and workshop


The ACTT mental health coaches recently had their end-of-year dinner. (有中文翻譯👇🏼)

This is a diverse group of coaches from China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Korea and the Philippines. They realised a need within their communities, and decided to be a part of the solution!

Since the beginning of 2022, they have been meeting monthly for peer support and training. Now they are the pioneers of Asian mental health & well-being in Christchurch.

ACTT Mental Health Coaches最近舉行了首次的年終聚餐。



✍🏼 Dr. Jason Chang


Every month, we gather coaches and professionals who are passionate about building up the well-being of the Asian communities they live and serve in.

In September, Craig Andrew Lynch presented a workshop on the popular Supervision Tool: Drama Triangle and Empowerment Triangle. This tool gives framework to understand the identity we may unconsciously take on in various situations, and how we are to turn chaotic drama into life giving empowerment.

We also welcomed new friends from Chinese workers from Plunket and Youthline to our group.


We had a meeting with Stand Children's Services - Tu Maia Whanau to discuss the challenges they see with the social workers engaging with Asian whānau through the schools.

The meeting was fruitful and we look forward to ongoing engagements with them and with the schools through them. We appreciate Jonathan and Jean for welcoming us into their space and into this conversation to serve and bless the Asian community through them.


Free Information Day Coming Up!

Time: Saturday 20/Aug 10am
Location: Laidlaw College (70 Condell Ave, Christchurch)
Zoom: email us for a link

We have been partnering with HeartSpace since May 2020, as we believe in training up the communities to be a part of the solution to the mental ill-health in the community.

Come and bring a friend along to find out more about HeartSpace and ACTT.
Allen will be updating everyone on ACTT's latest work and plans.


🌞【自我認識】-知己知彼 進退合宜





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We could not have done this without the generous donations from amazing business owners and individuals, and also the volunteers that had helped with the background works.

We are so grateful to have taken steps in changing the mental wellbeing landscape of the Asian communities here in Otautahi Christchurch!

We are just getting started and we are meeting more partners to collaborate!
We are trusting the generosity of the community to build the communities!

Photos from Asian Community Transformation Trust's post 20/06/2022





Nov 2021

We started the first part 2 course.
After completion the students will have the knowledge and skills to be a mental health coach.

A mental health coach is one who is within their local communities with the skills to journey with people who are distressed and struggling. They are also trained to identify when a person is struggling beyond their capabilities and to connect them to local professional services. We are proud of the 20 who completed and became coaches.

They are all invited to a monthly supervision group run by Dr. Jason Chang and Nurse Consultant Craig Lynch. In this group, they get to share about the people they are helping, and continue to receive useful knowledge and training.

Photos from Asian Community Transformation Trust's post 20/06/2022

Aug 2021

We ran part 1 of the two part Heart Space course for the second time! This time, the students were able to get a newly put together course book and Dr. Jason Chang were also invited to take a class or two.

We are super excited to see this partnership with the Deacon's Trust bearing fruit in the Asian communities!


Nov 2020

We kicked off our first course.
9 sessions, 42 pupils, and 6 different communities.

So many sharings, so much laughter, so many new connections made to strengthen our respective circles.

None of us left feeling like experts, but we all felt we know that there is still much to know!


On 3/May/2020

We had our first information evening to launch HeartSpace Course with our partners Dr. Jeremy Baker and Craig Lynch (with the Deacons Trust).

Dr. Jason Chang (Psychiatrist) and Allen Hou (Minister of Christchurch Community Church) hosted the evening and spoke out on the issues of mental wellbeing in our communities.

80+ people turned up in person and 60+ people turned up on Zoom.

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