Our Mission

“Supporting Kiwi Families raising Kids with Special Needs by offering support which will provide a long term benefit to the child or family”

How you can help

There are many ways to help support the families in need and help SmileDial to do the work it does.


SmileDial runs a range of events that the whole community can attend.


To be eligible for registration you need to have a child with a disability or a medically fragile child.

What is SmileDial?

SmileDial is a registered charity that was established in 2011 with the simple goal of putting Smiles on the Dials of families with children with special needs. SmileDial supports all family members (rather than focusing on the child with the illness or disability) ensuring that mums, dads and siblings all have Smiles on their Dials.

About SmileDial


How you can help

SmileDial provides support through our online support group known as Smiledialers. We also host regular coffee groups and family gatherings throughout the year. Our focus on mental health support means that our members can access free mental health professionals. We also pay for specialized medical equipment, therapy and exciting experiences for kids through our ‘breaking boundaries’ events.

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Sensory Garden


Our Sensory Garden, or ‘Different Type Of Perfect Garden’ as it’s fondly called, is situated behind the Community Gardens at the Rawhiti Domain in New Brighton, Christchurch. It’s a space created especially for those who have special needs or disabilities. There are smooth paths for wheelchairs & walkers, plants to touch, taste and smell, a sound-garden as well as a memory garden for Smile Dial kids who have past away.

 Sensory Garden



To be eligible for any SmileDial events, support, giveaways or promotions you are required to register with SmileDial. To be eligible for registration you need to have a child with a disability or ongoing medical care. Once you are registered you will also have access to our online support group – Smiledialers. You can register on our Facebook Page, or click on the link below


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What Is SmileDial?

SmileDial is a registered charity that works with families who have a child with an ongoing medical condition and/or disability. We understand that having a child with special needs can be stressful on all family members and we work with all family members (rather than just focusing on the child with special needs).

SmileDial provides a community where people can come for advice from other members who are facing similar challenges. This community provides a huge wealth of knowledge that can be accessed by any member simply by posting on the SmileDial facebook page. Talking with other people who are facing the challenges of raising a child with special needs can make those impossible days possible. SmileDial also provides support to families that may not be eligible for assistance from other agencies. Families can apply for assistance from SmileDial for anything that will help the child with special needs or any family member. Assistance may be for a specific piece of equipment, toys, vehicle repairs, holidays, dinners or anything that will put a smile on someone in the families dial.

As well as providing assistance for a specific request SmileDial also holds monthly events where family members are eligible for giveaways, weekend escapes and much more. These events are open to all registered SmileDial members and are held on a regular basis on the SmileDial Facebook page. For further information visit SmileDial at www.facebook.com/smiledial

Primary Sponsors:

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A BIG thank you to our primary sponsors and to the many, many people who support SmileDial and help us to continue the work we are doing.

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How to Help

SmileDial has been created to support families who face the daily challenges (and joys) of having a child with special needs. If you need support or  just a place to meet other parents to talk or seek advice please join our existing “SmileDialers”. Familes who do not have a child with special needs are also welcome, we look forward to meeting you and maybe putting a smile on your dial.