This role is urgently needed in your area

Role description

Support your community before and during an emergency. Join your local Disaster Welfare and Support Team (DWST).

Your tasks

You could be deployed to assist in a flood, fire or other large-scale emergencies, and you’ll help with a range of activities that could include:

  • Setting up and providing support in evacuation centres
  • Undertaking needs assessments to understand what support people need
  • Providing psychosocial support

We have 20 teams around the country that are prepared to help in their communities or in neighbouring regions at short notice. Teams are listed by their regular training location.

Support your community during an emergency. Join your local Disaster Welfare and Support Team (DWST) and help people prepare for disasters and to get through when an emergency or disaster happens.

Volunteer requirements and training

You’ll receive training in comprehensive first aid, psychological first aid, welfare support, and other essential skills for the role. Our teams train regularly and sometimes take part in scenario-based exercises with other response teams.

We need you to be physically fit, a good communicator and able to commit to your team for at least 12 months – some of our volunteers have been with us for more than 20 years.

Meet new people, gain a range of new skills and be there for your community. Apply to be a disaster welfare support volunteer now.

Commitment required
Shift duration
12 hours
Shift time
Evening, Variable
Min age
16 years
New Zealand Police - support services (child/youth)
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"I have been impressed by the range of skills and experience of my fellow trainees – many of whom have been in disasters themselves. Pooling their experience and integrating this into our training has enhanced our learning."

Kendra Roddis, disaster welfare support volunteer