Throughout the year, the New Zealand Red Cross brings former refugee families into the Wellington and Manawatu regions, and together with the Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington, our diocese supports the collection of household items and the set up of those items in the houses where the families will live – so that when they arrive, they immediately feel welcomed and at home.

Together with our friends at ChangeMakers Refugee Forum, we also work in other ways to support the successful settling of former refugees into their new life here in New Zealand.

If you or your parish, school or community group can help in any of these areas, please contact Patricia Cooper on , or for the ChangeMakers initiative, contact ChangeMakers directly.

Collect household items

Your parish, school or community group can be assigned a family or families to collect household items for.  You’ll be given a list of items needed, and then you’ll be asked to donate used or new items to help set up a welcoming home for a new Kiwi family.  Then, during each intake (see the dates on the next tab), your group drops the items off at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul (or arranges delivery) so they can be sorted for set up.

If you can’t do an entire household, consider banding together with another parish from your cluster, other local churches, or perhaps your workmates or other networks that you are a part of.

Contact: Patricia Cooper,

Sort household items

Once all the items are collected, we need people to sort them into prescribed household lots.  This generally takes place from the Sunday of each intake, through to the Tuesday night, when house set up volunteers come to collect the items for their assigned houses.  It’s perfect if you’ve got time during the day and can manage a short burst of activity, once every couple of months (or just when you can manage it).

Contact: Patricia Cooper,

House set up

If you’ve got a couple of evenings during the intake dates, you can volunteer to set up a home with donated household goods for the former refugee family to enjoy when they move in the next day.  It’s incredibly satisfying creating a stable home for a family that has known such instability.

House set up volunteers need to undergo Red Cross training (this need only be done once), and then come to the Cathedral the night before set up to collect their house lot of items.  On set up night, volunteers work as a team to unpack and set up all the household items ready for use in the house set aside for the former refugee family.

Contact: Patricia Cooper,

Help former refugee women gain their NZ driver licence

ChangeMakers Refugee Forum is running a project to help former refugee women to get their driver licences, and they need women to volunteer to help them practice their skills.

Each driver has gained their learner licence, has had professional driving lessons, and provides their own car – what they need is a friendly and helpful Kiwi woman to guide them as they undergo practice before sitting their full licence.  Volunteers receive training to undertake this important task, and can choose between Porirua, Hutt or Wellington drivers.

If you are in one of those areas and have a place on your church noticeboard, please consider displaying this poster will pull off tabs.

You can also view the following resources:

Contact: Naomi Tocher,, 04 801 5812

Donate to CWS Rohingya refugee appeal

CWS has launched an appeal to raise money to support an estimated 1.2 million people now affected by the genocide and exodus of the Rohingya people from Rakhine State in Myanmar.  Anglican Missions encourages us all to consider how we might support this appeal.  To read the story on Movement Online, click here, or go straight to the CWS page by clicking here.

Here are the intake dates for 2018:

  • Sunday 25th February to Thursday 1st March
  • Sunday 22nd April to Thursday 26th April
  • Sunday 17th June to Thursday 21st June
  • Sunday 12th August to Thursday 16th August
  • Sunday 7th October to Thursday 11th October
  • Sunday 2nd December to Thursday 6th December
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