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Update on Red Cross Refugee Resettlement in Nelson

Red Cross Refugee Resettlement in Nelson


New families

We pleased to welcome two new families into Nelson on the First of May. Karen Russell, our new Volunteer Coordinator is now in full swing preparing for the new arrivals. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers who have offered to support these families in their first 3-6 months of resettlement


Can you help former refugees be confident in the water?

We are looking for a few trained volunteers who are keen to help out with swimming sessions one evening a month. No swimming tutoring experience required, but you do need to be confident in the water. This will be a fun opportunity to help our former refugees living in Nelson to become more confident in the water. The sessions will be led by ASB Aquatic Centre tutors in Richmond, but we still need a  few volunteers to jump in the water to assist.  If you are interested to find out more, please contact me via phone or email (see below).


Next Volunteer Training Course

Do you know someone who might be interested to support former refugee arriving in Nelson with their resettlement? Our next training course to become a Refugee Support Volunteer runs from the 5th to 7th of June. Please spread the word. They can contact me directly, or you can pass on a name and contact for me to call / email.



Do you or a friend have any of the following at home that you could donate to new families?

  • Hot water kettles
  • Teapots
  • Can openers
  • Toasters
  • Good quality saucepans with lids
  • Warm blankets/duvets
  • A key board
  • Working microwaves

Donations can be dropped off during business hours Monday to Thursday 9am-4pm


Level 1, 132-134 Bridge Street

PO Box 1701

Nelson, 7040

Phone: 03 548 4978
Mobile: 021 228 2073