A history and analysis of the Salisbury Street Foundation in Christchurch
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
The Salisbury Street Foundation (SSF) currently operates as a Residential Community Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand. The history of this programme, however, dates back over 23-years to its inception in 1979. Due to its extensive past, SSF has the ability to provide a valuable contribution to literature surrounding community corrections in New Zealand. As little has been previously published about SSF, this thesis offers the most comprehensive document compiled regarding the Foundation. It explores the history of SSF and then analyses the programme in terms of rehabilitation, and organisation and management. In the completion of this research, an extensive search of archival material relating to SSF as well as 13 semi-structured interviews was undertaken. When obtaining information on SSF from these sources, a focus on five main areas of interest was maintained. These were (1) the personality of each programme director and the influence he/she had on the running of the programme; (2) operational philosophies and strategies; (3) the role of the Board of Trustees; (4) the effect of legislative changes; and (5) the impact of critical events and incidents. Overall, my findings diverge from previous studies which largely measure the success of rehabilitative programmes solely in terms of reducing recidivism. Instead, I suggest that the success and longevity of SSF has had more to do with the organisation and management of the programme, than its ability to reform every individual whom attends. Therefore, while some observations can be made in relation to recidivism at SSF, the Foundation more importantly provides a valuable example of what works in the management of nonprofit, community-based residential programmes, and what does not.