CIAS has recently been granted funding from Christchurch City council to pilot an independent advocacy service.
CIAS as an insurance only assistance service was closed earlier in July. The new model of advocacy CIAS intends to provide will be available sometime later in August.
If you would like to register for advocacy support from CIAS and can wait until later in August, please let Lorraine Guthrie (Project Facilitator) know by one of these means:
An advocate will work with/for you to progress the issue you need resolving. He/she will be advocating for you, your aspirations and your position on the matter. Part of the role of the advocate is to ensure you are fully informed about the matter at hand, so will source information, assist with interpretation, suggest options for next steps and attend meetings with you or on your behalf. An advocate is not neutral as a facilitator is, is not a social service agency and does not provide free technical or legal advice. An advocate assists you to source, understand and implement information (technical, legal, insurance) into an action plan.
CIAS Trustees have always maintained independence is important in the rebuild and regeneration of Christchurch. Our accountability is to the people of Christchurch, which allows us to advocate for full and fair settlement of insurance policy entitlements.
We are a non-government charitable trust, with funding provided through charities and others such as the Christchurch city council..
Please note, the new service being provided is NOT a continuation of the CIAS of the past, so unfortunately ex-clients of the old service will not automatically be registered but can request to be placed on the list for advocacy support.