Are you interested in supporting a Refugee family?

Now is a great time to join Red Cross and register for a free training course. The role of a Refugee Support Volunteer is to support a UN-quota refugee family during their first 3 months of resettlement in Hamilton: setting up a house, introducing the new arrivals to NZ culture, assisting them with doctor’s registrations, school enrolments, finding their way around their new community etc.

You can find more information on our website:

A free training course with the Red Cross starts on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 to prepare volunteers for the refugees arriving in Hamilton on 1 March 2019. In five training sessions, you hear about the refugee experience, your role as a refugee Support Volunteer and how we can help with resettlement in Hamilton.

The schedule is as follows:


Tuesday, 5 February, Tuesday, 12 February, Thursday, 14 February, Tuesday, 19 February, Thursday, 21 February

There will also be a planning meeting on Tuesday 26 February from 6-8pm.

Timing: There will be five evening sessions each Thursday either from 9.30am-12.30pm OR 6 PM – 9 PM.

Location: NZ Red Cross building, 422 Te Rapa Road, Hamilton

If you are interested and available to support a refugee family for at least 3 months (up to six), please contact me via email: or phone 07 850 2191

Here is a beautiful example of how wonderful the experience was for a volunteer and her family. We’ve shared it before but it’s such a great story!