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Community Team

The RASNZ Community Team provides health promotion services, community engagement opportunities and supports former refugees to create connections and build confidence. Community Facilitators come from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, providing an invaluable link between RASNZ and resettled refugee communities in Auckland.

“Being a Community Facilitator is so rewarding! I enjoy helping the community and working to help solve other people’s problems. Sometimes it’s 2 o’clock in the morning when you get a call from a client who is struggling, but we all work from our hearts – otherwise we wouldn’t be here. The best gift you can give to yourself is helping others.”

- Pricilla, RASNZ Community Facilitator

Services Provided

Computer Literacy

The Computer Literacy Programme is funded by the Ministry of Education. Families with school-age children receive 32 hours of computer training followed by the provision of a free computer, broadband connection and one year’s IT support.

Community Pillars

Community Pillars is an interactive, practical project which introduces and then unpacks some mainstream mental health models in Aotearoa New Zealand. The aim is to find and/or design models that will work for our community facilitators when working towards positive mental health and wellbeing of clients and families from refugee backgrounds and will work to destigmatise the concept of mental health and promote well being for all.

Triple P Parenting

RASNZ Community Team delivers Triple p-based discussion groups in the Auckland region to families from refugee backgrounds. These discussion groups are delivered by people from the community and sit in a community empowerment framework

Introductory Health

The Community Team facilitates workshops at the Mangere Resettlement Centre for newly-arrived refugees on navigating the complex New Zealand health system. Topics include essential information such as how to access health services, nurture successful families and manage stress.

Community Empowerment

Community empowerment engagement is offered for resettled refugees throughout wider Auckland. This encompasses support groups, women’s groups, wellbeing workshops and assistance with accessing other agencies and services.

Women’s Group

Arabic, Sri Lankin, Iraqi

Women’s Groups are open to all women from refugee backgrounds. RASNZ facilitates the Mothers and Daughters with many fun activities such as knitting and movement classes.

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