Refugee Support Volunteer

Red Cross (Marlborough)
Practical Help

Refugee support volunteers work in teams to provide support for former refugees as they embark on their resettlement journey. Teams are decided upon volunteer availability. We also try to match people with complimentary skills.

Volunteer tasks may include:
• Setting up a home for a refugee family/individual before they arrive,
• Helping the family enrol with schools and doctors,
• Budgeting, shopping, and how to use an ATM machine,
• Showing the family how to use public transport,
• Social visits,
• Generally explaining how things work in New Zealand.

If this sounds like something you might be interested please fill in the form below, and you will be given the contact details for Anna Mills-Kelly who can answer any questions you may have.


All volunteers take part in our comprehensive, multi-day training. Training programmes are run in each of the resettlement areas, at varying times throughout the year. Volunteers also receive mentoring and support throughout their placement. Our next training dates are in June (please see below). We have a few more spaces to fill so get in quick!!
• Thursday, 10th June, 6 - 9pm
• Saturday, 12th June, 9 - 4pm, and
• Sunday, 13th June, 9 - 4pm.
All sessions must be attended.

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment:

The first 2 to 4 weeks of a placement are generally the busiest, filled with initial appointments and settling in tasks.
After the first 6 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.

Getting started:
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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