Hub trial helping migrants

Mosgiel Library will become a hub for migrants to access information and services, as Citizens Advice Bureau Dunedin takes over as the main provider of settlement support information.

Every Wednesday, Dunedin CAB volunteers, including a Justice of the Peace, are at Mosgiel Library from 11.30am-1.30pm.

The service, which started in mid-March, is a joint project between CAB Dunedin and Mosgiel Library, and is operating as a six-month trial.

''So far, the Mosgiel service has not been used as much as we had hoped, but we are committed to continuing with the trial,'' CAB Dunedin manager Ngaire Duke said.

All of the volunteers at the Mosgiel outreach service would be able to provide migrants with information and advice, and the JPs would be available to assist with signing immigration documents and with other official tasks.

All of the general CAB Dunedin services are also available. Earlier this month, CAB Dunedin was named as one of 30 throughout New Zealand chosen by Immigration NZ to be the new face-to-face information service for migrants.

The move was part of sweeping changes to information services for migrants, which replaced Settlement Support New Zealand services and locally based Settlement Support co-ordinators.

 

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