Victim support on the lookout for volunteers in Kaikoura

Nelson Victim Support volunteer Lindsay Squire said the Kaikoura earthquake highlighted the need to have someone in the area.
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Nelson Victim Support volunteer Lindsay Squire said the Kaikoura earthquake highlighted the need to have someone in the area.

Victim Support are on the search for volunteers to help out in Kaikoura.

Last year Victim Support volunteer Lindsay Squire found himself in the middle of the Kaikoura earthquake and became the organisation's man on the ground through the crisis.

Squire said the earthquake highlighted the need to have someone in the area. 

He and his wife were taking a short break from their Nelson home when the earthquake hit. After making sure they were OK he offered his services to help, working out of the marae. He said it took a while to get a team with pyschological training to Kaikoura. 

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Having experienced the Christchurch earthquakes he knew what to expect and could offer advice to tourists who had never experienced an earthquake before, he said.

"The other emergency services were flat out and I was able to give people some hope, and a point of contact and someone to talk to." 

Squire said working in a disaster situation was unusual.

Normally the role support workers played included dealing with victims of crime, trauma, unexpected deaths and suicide.

"We are really there as a point of contact and someone to talk to."

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Support workers help thousands of people every year with practical and emotional help. Workers can help victims to understand what their rights and responsibilities are and help with services in the community.

Visit victimsupport.org.nz for more information.

 - The Marlborough Express

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