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Join a branch in your community

Stretching back to 1947, when the first branch of Save the Children was set up in Canterbury, our branches have a proud tradition of working within their communities to raise awareness and share the stories of the children who we support around the world.

Our branch members raise thousands of dollars each year to help Save the Children deliver the programmes we design for children across the Asia Pacific region, and here at home in New Zealand.

We have 25 branches across the country

If you’d like to find out more about a branch in your area, contact us and we’ll put you in touch.

Help us respond to emergencies in New Zealand

Want to do your bit during an emergency in your community?

We have a roster of trained volunteers ready to set up Child Friendly Spaces - safe areas for children to play and be looked after within Civil Defence Centres 

What are child friendly spaces?

  • They provide children with a safe, designated area where they can play, socialize, and express themselves under the supervision of caring, trained and background-checked adults.
  • Give parents to have time to register for emergency assistance and start to re-establish their lives.
  • Help give children a sense of normalcy and community when their lives are disrupted by disasters.
  • helps children interact with peers, build self-esteem, and begin the recovery process by working through their emotions and building upon their natural resilience.

We have kits stored in locations across New Zealand, and work with local authorities to respond when needed.

How do I help in an emergency?

Save the Children are calling for volunteers to train as Child Friendly Spaces facilitators in the event of a National emergency.

Training takes one day only (with half day refresher training courses every two years or as necessary).  If you agree, your name would be on a National Register and, in the event of an emergency, you may be called upon to assist.  However, you are under no obligation to - it is on a voluntary basis and entirely dependent on your own circumstances at the time.

The next training programmes are in Dunedin on Saturday 12th November and in Wellington on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November.  If you are interested in attending, then please download the CFS Registration form and email back it back to us.