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.
Save the Children is on the ground in Kaikoura preparing to open the country’s first Child Friendly Space to help children recover in the wake of last week's devastating earthquake.