Christchurch mosque attacks: Social groups helping Muslim community regain their strength

Two years on from the March 15 terror attack in Christchurch, the wounds are continuing to heal.

For many within the Muslim community, they're regaining their strength through social groups.

One of these is called the Empowerment Project. The group believes that to heal, you need to be busy, and that chatting with non-Muslim New Zealanders can drown out the painful conversations they revert to on their own.

These social groups have blossomed from within the Muslim community and beyond.

"I've always been interested and not really thought of how to get in and be able to help, so this just seemed like a good way to get to know people and understand them," says Sue Chappell, a member of the cooking group.

Another group is learning how to speak publicly with confidence.

"Whether it's going to the supermarket or going to a cafe and having a nice coffee. And some of them too, it's the ability to have the confidence [for] when they get a job interview to actually speak at that job interview," says Carol Kirk, director of Total Training.

Then there is the age-old best medicine - Chappell says they laugh "all the time".

"Everybody wants to share and everybody wants to talk to everybody else, it's just hard to start with," Chappell says.

Cooking group teacher Nuha Asad says the activity is "good for the soul and good for my mind".

"Life is up and down, but I feel stronger."