Give back to your community

by Anonymous Author

The Selwyn District Council is seeking volunteers to become part of its Civil Defence Welfare Team.

The welfare team is a group of volunteers trained to open and run a welfare centre and provide support to local communities during emergency events.

Roles may include registering and identifying needs of people coming into the welfare centre.

Council emergency management officer, Tasha Black, said volunteers would support people in an emergency, and be on the frontline of the response.

“We are looking for people who are committed, empathetic to others, can show initiative, have good communication skills, and be confident working in an emergency setting.” On Tuesday, May 22 council is holding a public open night at the council chambers in Rolleston.

“This will involve us giving an overview of welfare volunteering, including requirements of training, time commitment and what their role will be in an emergency response.

“Volunteers will need to be available in an emergency, including potentially overnight work. This is a good opportunity for people to give back to their community.

“All volunteers will be trained, police checked and tasked to volunteer anywhere in the Selwyn district.”

For more information people can contact council’s emergency management team on 03 347 2800.