Community wellbeing

How to improve community resilience, connect communities, and how to prepare for an emergency as a community.

Community resilience

Many of us are beginning to understand that life will be very different from what we once knew.

It is natural for us to feel anxious about what will happen tomorrow, next week or next month. The uncertainty can be overwhelming at times, especially if you are trying to build up your resilience. 

Connected communities

Many of us have connected with our neighbours during the COVID-19 pandemic and it is important to keep those connections.

You can get your community together by making or joining a Neighbourhood Support group. Neighbourhood Support is a nationwide community-led movement that brings people and neighbourhoods together to create safe, resilient and connected communities.  

How to join a Neighbourhood Support group (external link)

Communities in emergencies

When we get to know our neighbours we are more likely to look out for each other during an emergency. Make a plan together and help your friends, family, whānau and community get prepared for emergencies.

How to make a community response plan and connect with your community (external link)


Volunteers create positive change for human rights, faith communities, health, education, sports and recreation, social services, arts and culture, emergency services, the environment and conservation, animal welfare and community development.

Volunteering New Zealand is an association of volunteer centres and national and regional organisations with a commitment to volunteering. Apply online or if there is a specific organisation or cause you are interested in supporting, check their website for information on the support they are currently seeking.

How to get involved in volunteering (external link)

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