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Safer Mid Canterbury provides a range of child, youth, adult and family community services across the Ashburton District. We are a non-profit organisation that has been operating as a charitable trust for more than 25 years, providing free and confidential services that focus on a healthier, stronger and safer community for all. Our current vacancies are below.

Family Engagement Support Worker - Refugee Settlement Support Service

As part of the Government’s decision to increase the annual refugee quota, Ashburton was identified as one of five new settlement locations. The Refugee Settlement Support Service, Safer Mid Canterbury, is contracted to provide settlement support to former refugees arriving for settlement in Ashburton. Currently, the former refugee community is from Afghanistan.

The Family Engagement Support Worker will work closely with former refugees settling in the Ashburton district. The aim of this role is to help empower, strengthen and support the wellbeing of former refugee families as they settle into their new lives in New Zealand. There are two strategic objectives of the Family Engagement Support Worker Role

  • To set up and facilitate Former Refugee Support Groups.
  • To assist individuals and families with post-settlement issues that might present once they have exited the Refugee Settlement Support Service after 24 months.

Skills and requirements of Family Engagement Support Worker

  • Professional Experience as a group facilitator
  • Experience, knowledge or a keen interest in refugee or cross-cultural work
  • Good organisational and recording skills
  • Ability to network and build social connections and relationships
  • Experience working in social services would be an advantage
  • Enjoy working in a team

This position is for 20 hours per week. We offer a supportive, flexible, and family-friendly work environment with great working conditions.

For further information, please contact Ani on 03 308 1395. Applications close Friday 21 October.

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Refugee Volunteer Show of Interest Form

If you are interested in volunteering in some way for the Refugee Settlement Support Team, please download the Show Of Interest Form and drop off to Community House Reception or email to Kathy -

Download Show of Interest Form

All positions will require staff who:

  • Are sensitive to, and accommodating of, cultural and individual differences,
  • Are able to maintain a high level of confidentiality,
  • Have a commitment to, and understanding of, the Treaty of Waitangi,
  • Have a passion for, and commitment to, providing non-judgemental services and supports to vulnerable people.

In return, we offer a family-friendly, professional work environment with the ability to make a real and significant difference to the lives of people in our district. To apply for a position please go to the careers page of our website to download an application form and to view the position descriptions. Please follow all instructions on the application form.

Please call us on 03 308 1395, if you require further information. 

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