+ How to help in Christchurch
Latest update:International*** International Offers of Assistance
– If unsure of who to contact, please send these to CID at email@example.com
or +64 21 1970 878, and we will ensure these are forwarded to the appropriate MFAT/ NCMC contact points *** NZ GovernmentEmergency visa Info for families of Christchurch victims
– covers information and contact details for family or friends needing to come to New Zealand urgently. ACC Financial Support
– ACC is offering financial support to those who have been injured or have lost a loved one in Friday's mosque shootings. You can find details on how to access ACC's financial support on their website
. Local GovernmentOther offers of Assistance
– Anyone wanting to offer practical assistance to those affected by Friday’s tragedy can call the Christchurch City Council Contact Centre on 941-8999 (or 0800 800 169) or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
. Staff will record all offers of assistance and forward them to the appropriate agencies. Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust
– The Canterbury Charity Hospital will be providing free counselling sessions
for locals in need of support this week. People seeking free counselling from the hospital can make an appointment by calling 03 360 2266 (on week days), 020 4098 0750 (out of hours), or emailing email@example.com. Mental Wellbeing Support
- Canterbury District Health Board has trained counsellors available, so if anyone requires mental wellbeing support or advice they can call or text 1737. Civil Society & Other ServicesImmediate Support:
FIANZ Crisis Response Office in Christchurch
- Lifeline's 24-hour telephone counselling service - 0800 543 354
- Depression Helpline (8 am to 12 midnight) - 0800 111 757
- Youthline - 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Samaritans – 0800 726 666
- Victim Support – 0800 842 846
– The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand have set up a crisis centre in Christchurch to offer 24-hour support and information. Please contact 0220786262 (Sultan Eusoff) should you need further information. Please also see the letter from the FIANZ President
. Support the Muslim community – Council of Christians and Muslims
urges all to reach out to Muslim neighbours, work mates, and friends. The immediate need is to offer love, support, sympathy and space to grieve in the short-term. The longer-term need being to continually build understanding, and addressing inherited prejudice and misunderstandings that separate communities. Please also see the resources from PreemptiveLove
. New Zealand Red Cross RFL
– New Zealand Police has a MoU withanNew Zealand Red Cross to help restore family links (RFL), or for individuals to indicate they are safe and well, following a disaster or incident such as the Christchurch shootings. Please contact Restoring Family Links
or call 0800 115 019 if you or a colleague is trying to find or reconnect with someone whom might be affected by this event.
+ DONATIONS IN SUPPORT OF V ICTIMS AND FAMILIES
Al Manar Trust
- Donations are still being accepted by the Muslim Association of Taranaki - Humanitarian Appeal Fund which has been set up to assist in the relief efforts for the Muslim Community in Christchurch. TSB Bank: 15-3953-0357272-03 Reference: Christchurch.
- Donation are being accepted by the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust. A finance committee has been established to manage the funds. CMCT Bank Account No: 38–9016-0346947-01 Ref: ChCh Muslims
- Donations are being accepted for The Christchurch Foundation's Our People, Our City Fund at most banks or by bank transfer to the following bank account: The Christchurch Foundation 15-3976-0091104-80. The foundation will work with Muslim communities to distribute the fund.
– This trust has launched an emergency appeal
for victims to offer help from the community around New Zealand to support the affected families. NZ Victim Support
- The New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups has also set up a GiveALittle
crowdfunding campaign. All donations received to the page will provide support and resources for people, and their family members, impacted by the shootings in Christchurch. NZ Islamic Information Centre
- The New Zealand Islamic Information Centre (NZIIC) has established a crowdfunding campaign on Launchgood
. All funds raised distributed to the victims and families affected by the Christchurch attack. All proceeds will go towards helping with their immediate, short-term needs. + FURTHER RESOURCES
· How to talk to your kids about trauma
· How to cope after a traumatic event
(Arabic) – attached
· How to support your kids after a traumatic event
· How to talk to children about violence and terrorism
· How to enhance community resilience following violence and terrorism
· How to cope with traumatic media
· How to help with traumatic stress
· How to maintain workplace mental wellbeing
· How to maintain personal mental wellbeing
· How to look after yourself and your family when there’s a crisis + OTHER ACTIONS
- Watch the short film ‘Coffee & Allah’, a story of alienation, connecting and hope by Samoan director Sima Urale. The film was made in 2007, but the story and message strongly resonates especially today.
- Volunteer to help migrants or former refugees get their driver’s license through the Open Road programme.
- Support organisations such as Ethnic Women’s Trust and the many Social Enterprises that provide livelihoods for migrants and former refugees.
- Consider supporting the Action Station petition for urgent action to address significant threats online hate, harassment and abuse is causing to New Zealanders.
- Further strengthen your support for the Muslim community with these 5 things you can do today, from the organisationPreemptive Love.
- Download the Human Rights Commission ‘Give Nothing To Racism’ organisational toolkit.
- Help your friends and family to address casual racism using these guidelines from Amnesty International.
- Commemorate the 10-year anniversary of NZ’s Neighbourhood Week on 22nd – 31st March.
- Volunteer to support English language training for migrants and former refugees settling in New Zealand.
- Consider doing Psychological First Aid (PFA) training with the New Zealand Red Cross. PFA provides initial emotional and practical support to someone who has experienced a traumatic event; either a large-scale disaster or a personal traumatic incident.
- Listen to the award-winning 2017 pod-casts ‘Public Enemy’ about growing up Muslim in Australia and New Zealand, about how policies, elections and xenophobia impacts on lives.