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21 December 2023

Into the breach again and again – 15 years of service recognised

Kath Cosgrove received an Honorary Life Membership, awarded to people who’ve given remarkable service and dedication to Red Cross. From earthquakes, to fires, and floods, Kath’s seen many disasters during 15 years as a disaster welfare and support volunteer.

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16 November 2023

Looking after mental health in recovering communities

Update 14: In this update we focus on our work supporting mental health in recovering communities and check in on three community grant recipients.

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Psychosocial advisor Sarah Gribbin chats with Te Karaka Community Co Lead for Cyclone Recovery Pimia Wehi

3 November 2023

Recovering peace of mind

We talked with Pimia Wehi about the community-led recovery taking place in Te Karaka after Cyclone Gabrielle, the mental and emotional toll of the disaster, and her experience of taking a Psychological First Aid course with Red Cross.

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psychosocial advisor Sarah Gribbin chats with Te Karaka Community Co-Lead for Cyclone Recovery Pimia Wehi

21 September 2023

Investing in resilience: ASB joins Disaster Response Alliance

ASB is our newest Disaster Response Alliance partner. The Disaster Response Alliance is a critical way for businesses to provide ongoing support for our disaster response work and to strengthen community resilience.

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18 September 2023

Staying with communities through long-term recovery

Update 13: We’re still working with communities as they move through their longer-term recovery. Read about our support for individual grant programmes, grants for mental health initiatives and how we’re helping people move home with the Red Cross Home Bundles programme.

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