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Te Whare Tāwharau Volunteering

Volunteer Information

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for volunteers to be peer supporters in Te Whare Tāwharau. As a volunteer, you will work closely with the centre staff to provide confidential and compassionate support to survivors as well as their friends and whanau. We are seeking students over the age of 18, who are empathetic and interested in supporting people who have been affected by sexual violence. Applicants must 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