ARCC plays a significant role in New Zealand’s refugee sector, both regionally and nationally, even though its primary focus is on the communities based in Auckland. ARCC provides advocacy services, and also co-ordinates and tracks changes in the wellbeing of refugees in Auckland. ARCC has a strong focus on working together with government agencies and service providers and believes this is essential for providing efficient and effective resettlement support. ARCC acts as the bridge between refugee communities, government agencies and non-government organisations.
With a focus on developing strong and sustainable avenues for effective collaboration, ARCC has built connections at the regional level with a variety of key service providers in the sector, including:
Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS)
ARCC works in partnership with ARMS to deliver two projects focusing on ECE through the development of Safari, the multicultural playgroup, and the WISE collective to empower and develop opportunities for women from refugee communities.
More info about ARMS: http://www.settlement.org.nz/
Red Cross Refugee Services
The Refugee Services Division of the New Zealand Red Cross is the agency in charge of refugee resettlement across the country. ARCC works in collaboration with Refugee Services to provide orientation for newly arrived refugees by sharing their experiences of resettlement in New Zealand and helping new refugees to connect with existing communities in the area.
More info about the Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org.nz/what-we-do/in-new-zealand/refugee-services/
Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ)
RASNZ is an agency focused on providing health and wellbeing services to refugees and asylum seekers. They also manage RYAN, the Refugee Youth Action Network, which aims to support, connect and empower young people from refugee backgrounds to define and achieve their own successes in the areas of employment, education and engagement. ARCC collaborates with RASNZ around aspects of youth development in conjunction with the work done at RYAN, and also supports their local refugee communities to access RASNZ services which will contribute to better refugee health and wellbeing in Auckland.
More info about RASNZ: http://www.rasnz.co.nz/
Auckland Family Trust
The purpose of the Auckland Refugee Family Trust is to raise and distribute funds so that refugee families can be reunited in Auckland. Funds will be used exclusively to assist with airfares and related family reunification expenses.
The Trust wishes to ensure that refugees who have been approved for emigration to New Zealand are not prevented from being able to join their families because of a lack of travel funds.
Many refugees in New Zealand are alone or separated from family members who remain in unsafe situations overseas. They are desperate about the safety and survival of those left behind, and they are unable to settle well until they are reunited.
Trust funds will be awarded to refugee applicants – as funds permit – whose immediate family members have been assessed and approved by New Zealand Immigration Service as having a valid case for reunification.
Your generosity and compassion will ensure refugee families can be reunited.
To make a donation, direct debit to Auckland Refugee Family Trust 38-9010-0704176-00 or post cheques to Auckland Refugee Family Trust, PO Box 47008, Ponsonby, Auckland 1144.
Donations over $5 are tax deductible (email email@example.com for tax receipt)
[Link to their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Auckland-Refugee-Family-Trust/166470193420349?fref=ts]
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