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Volunteer Information

Valuable Volunteers

Kia ora! Here at Te Whare Tāwharau we have a team of 21 volunteers. These volunteers went through a 56 hour training programme, where they were trained in types of sexual violence, suicide prevention, learning about pathways and services within the university and community, and most importantly, how to support survivors and their support networks. What this means is there is always a well-trained, friendly face here when you come between 10am and 4pm. We are trained not only to help survivors but the supporters of survivors. Everything is confidential within the Centre, and we take a survivor-led approach to our support work. Whether you are just after someone to talk to, or you would like to know about your options moving forward, the volunteers are more than capable to assist you on your healing journey.

Want to be a Volunteer?

Our volunteers are empathetic and passionate, they work closely with the centre staff to provide confidential and compassionate support to survivors as well as their friends and whanau. All volunteers must be over the age of 18 and be studying at the University of Otago or have graduated within the last 3 years.

What We Will Teach You

1. Support strategies
2. Information about sexual violence and recovery
3. Self-care
4. Understanding and communicating boundaries
5. Societal contexts and cultural norms regarding sexual violence
6. Diversity awareness
7. Bi-cultural awareness under Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Expectations of Volunteers

1. Provide support services to survivors across a range of ethnicities, genders and sexualities, religious backgrounds, abilities and cultural heritages
2. Carry out at least one shift in the centre each week and arrive punctually for that shift
3. Debrief support work with centre staff
4. Attend monthly centre meetings
5. Maintain confidentiality

For more information regarding the Peer Support Volunteer position please do not hesitate to contact Jordan at Te Whare Tāwharau.

Jordan Dougherty
Volunteer Coordinator Te Whare Tāwharau
Tel: +64 3 479 3795