Refugees as Survivors NZ.

Published June 08, 2018 Views: 716

Employsure’s video series Small Business State of Mind takes a peek at New Zealand small businesses to understand the challenges, achievements and motivation behind the nation’s small businesses. This month, Ann of Refugees as Survivors NZ talks us through the stigma that shadows refugees and mental health; as well as the tenacity and commitment that goes behind running a not-for-profit charitable trust.


  • Refugees as Survivors NZ

    So Refugees as Survivors is a mental health and well-being service for people from refugee backgrounds based in Auckland. So refugees have their first six weeks at the Mangere Resettlement Centre and in that time they have access to a range of services and one of them as ours. I think the majority of Kiwis really do feel that refugees need to be given a go and we just find them so generous and so welcoming and kind and we put our hand up to ask for help and always there is somebody who is there who wants to give back and that just makes such a difference. This work is making a huge difference for the people who are coming to New Zealand, seeking a new life and in some small way we can contribute to a positive outcome for them well. Well I think there are two major things there is discrimination around people being refugees and there’s also discrimination around mental health and so when you’ve got that double combo inevitably that’s a challenge. So our clinical services are funded mainly through the Ministry of Health with a little bit of supplementary income from grants but all our community work is funded through philanthropic and donations. And that’s hugely challenging because it’s usually year on, year on. And it’s not necessarily sustainable or consistent So it’s a constant battle, really. I think you need a lot of tenacity I think you need a good fundraiser I think you need to really believe in what you’re doing and because you have to sell yourself and you have to persuade other people that what you’re doing matters and I think just keeping at it and not giving up is by far the most important thing.

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