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Red Cross – Refugee Support Volunteer – next training – 18 November

Interested in different cultures, such as from Bhutan, Myanmar and Colombia? Red Cross Refugee Support Volunteers (RSV’s) help refugees settle here in Nelson. Volunteers gain much: supporting a refugee family; learning a different culture; and the friendships made. Next training starts 18th November.

As a Red Cross Refugee Support Volunteer (RSV) you play a vital role in the successful resettlement of former refugees here in Nelson.

The volunteer support is usually practical, such as: help with transport to medical appointments or Work & Income; help with school enrolments; help with shopping; practise of English; help with social activities, etc. In fact anything that would help a former refugee family, who arrive here with virtually nothing, establish themselves in a new country and home. Currently our former refugees come from Bhutan, Myanmar and Colombia.

We provide full training and RSV’s work in a team with other volunteers to support a family. This support is for 3-6 months and is a fun and rewarding experience. The weekly time commitment is up to you and varies depending upon your availability -it’s one of the reasons volunteers work as a team. Red Cross staff are also never far away to provide advice and support.

Training is over a weekend and a further evening – volunteers are required to attend this training. The next starts 18th November, with further courses starting in the New Year. Please note there is an application form and you also need to complete a Police Vetting form as the role involves working with vulnerable people.

If you are interested in the role it’s best to meet face to face as this is a good opportunity to ask any questions. Our office is at the Red Cross Service Centre, 59 Parkers Road, Tahunanui. Please email or call with some dates and times that would suit you to meet.

Our volunteers often say how much they gain from the experience of volunteering as a RSV: in the knowledge that they have supported a former refugee family settle here; the learning of a different culture; and in the friendships made.

Visit our website to see the story of John, one of our volunteers, helping Colombian boys play football in Nelson.


Article type: Training
Start date: November 18, 2017
Start time: 9:30 AM
End Date: November 23, 2017
End Time: 8:30 PM
Venue:Red Cross Service Centre, 59 Parkers Road, Tahunanui

Cost: Free

Contact Name: Patrick Steer
Contact Phone: 03 922 7233
Contact Email: patrick.steer@redcross.org.nz