New Zealand currently welcomes around 1,000 quota refugees each year. Refugee support volunteers are essential to the work that we do Our volunteers may be the first friends a family makes on arrival and they play a key role within the family’s new support network. They provide support for day-to-day tasks that may be challenging for new arrivals.

Refugee support volunteers receive comprehensive training from Red Cross staff, along with mentoring and support during their time as a volunteer. Training courses are held throughout the year. Placements with families last for between 3 to 6 months.

Contact 06 356 8152 or manawatu to register your interest.

Volunteer tasks may include:
- Setting up the household prior to the family or individual’s arrival
- Helping families enroll their children in school
- Helping the family or individual register with the local doctor/medical centre
-Connecting families and individuals with their community
- Other similar responsibilities

Volunteers generally find the first two to four weeks of their placement are the busiest, with initial appointments and settling in tasks taking up most of their time. After the first six weeks, less time is required as the family becomes more settled.

By this stage volunteers typically spend time with their family or individual on a weekly basis.

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