The New Zealand Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity and enhancing community resilience. Our Disaster Welfare Support Team (DWST) in Invercargill offers you a great opportunity to develop your own skills and also give back to the community in a time of emergency.
The Invercargill DWST volunteers have been deployed to the 2023 Cyclone Gabriele response and Auckland flooding, 2020 Southland Floods in Te Anau, Mataura and Gore, and were essential workers delivering food parcels around Southland during COVID lockdown.
This role would suit individuals who are:
Along with being part of a tight-knit team, you will receive training in a variety of skills and participate in many personal development opportunities including:
Response tasks may include:
Outside of responses, DWST teams may also help with event first aid and other wider Red Cross activities.
They are looking to grow the team and encourage anyone interested in Disaster Response or Disaster Preparedness or wanting to help during disasters to get in touch! Volunteers make a huge impact in these times of need, and being a part of this team is a wonderful way to contribute to local and national welfare.
This would suit someone who:
Please note - our volunteers need to be available to deploy for periods of up to five days (excluding travel days) when responding to emergency events. Many of our volunteers have full-time or part-time jobs and work out an arrangement to support their volunteer work and remain flexible when emergencies occur. Often employers see value in the training the team members receive (first aid, leadership etc.) and proudly support their staff involved in DWST.
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.