Auckland Actions Against Poverty (AAAP) is accepting applications of interest to volunteer at its 2016 Benefit Impact at the Mangere Work and Income, on Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 April.
During this Impact AAAP, in conjunction with advocates from around the North Island, aim to provide one-on-one advocacy to over 500 beneficiaries and low paid workers from Mangere and the wider Auckland area to ensure they are receiving their full legal welfare entitlements.
The group aims to work with approximately 50 advocates plus other volunteers each day to provide first class advocacy. They would like to invite you to register your interest in volunteering as either an advocate, runner, political worker or supporter/food/catering (see attached for role descriptions). The Ministry of Social Development will put on approximately 20 staff each day to cope with the influx.
This will be the fourth Impact event that AAAP has hosted. It hosted the first Impact ever held in the Auckland region at the Onehunga Work and Income office in December 2012. In 2013 at New Lynn Work and Income 257 people were supported to access their full and correct benefit entitlements, and in 2014 in Mangere they worked with over 500 people. This would not have been possible without support from advocates and other volunteers who came to Auckland from as far away as Dunedin to support this event.
AAAP’s ongoing work continues to uncover the real and persistent need for further advocacy throughout Auckland. It aims to work with as many people this year in an attempt to address some of this ongoing need – especially in light of the appalling effects of this government’s welfare reforms.
Volunteers are asked to donate 1 day of their time at a minimum. If you are interested in volunteering on this event, please register your interest by emailing the AAAP Coordinator, Sarah, on [email protected]. Sarah will then be in touch with further information. Please note, for various reasons we will not be able to take on all of those who register their interest to volunteer. If you have any questions, please get in touch.