Settlement support in Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt cities

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Local support for immigrants and refugees in Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt

Lower HuttWar Memorial LibraryVera Xu runs clinics for immigrants, providing information in jobs, health services, housing and other helpful matters. Clinics are free and there is no booking needed.

 First Monday of the month at 10.30 (to 11.30am) or the second Tuesday of the month at 1.30pm (runs to 2.30pm)
 Phone the library on 04 570 6633 to find out about clinics during the holidays.
 War Memorial Library
 corner of Queens Drive and Woburn Rd
 Lower Hutt
Red Cross Lower HuttHutt Valley Refugee Services help empower people from refugee-backgrounds to achieve their goals and contribute to their new home in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Offering assistance with refugee resettlement, employment, mentoring, providing goods or services to incoming families and additional resources.

 Red Cross Refugee Services
 31 Pretoria Street
 Lower Hutt
 Ph 04 566 9353
Upper HuttFamily Works CentreNew Settlers Group for Refugee Women, open to women and their children
 Meets during school term
 Ph 04 528 4163 or
 4 Exchange St
 Upper Hutt
All Hutt ValleyChinese LifelineChinese Lifeline offers free confidential phone counselling services in Mandarin and Cantonese.

 Mon-Fri: 10.00am-2.00pm and 7.00pm-10.00pm
 Sat-Sun: 10.00am-2.00pm
 Freephone: 0800 88 88 80 or
Capital Seniors IncCapital Seniors offers a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic senior migrant citizens society with members from 13 countries.  It provides members with the opportunity to socialise, participate in recreational activities, share cultural and craft skills, relate well with the community and integrate into NZ Society. They provide companionship to those ailing migrant patients in resthomes and hospitals and take members out on day trips/tours to historic, heritage and scenic sites.
 Ph 04 568 8915, Shanthi Davis 04 934 6566 or Bunny Saldin (04) 567 8098
 Meet fortnightly on the first and third Sundays of
 every month, usually from 4.30pm-6.30pm
 Waiwhetu Uniting Church Community Hall
 2& Trafalgar Street
 Lower Hutt
Catholic Social ServicesCatholic Social Services support for refugee and migrant families in the Hutt Valley. Located in Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt
 Ph 04 385 8642
English Language Partners HuttA community-based organisation helping refugees and migrants to learn English and settle into their new way of life in Upper Hutt, Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt and Wainuiomata.

 They offer English language and social support to refugees and migrants from non English speaking backgrounds; English for employees; one to one tutoring at home (1 hour per week); group classes (2 hours per week); Learner Driver's License classes and literacy classes (10 hours per week).

 There is an English language class every Wednesday morning, an English for Employees class on Monday evenings, and a Literacy class in Upper Hutt.

 To contact the office phone 04 570 1335 or
 Mon-Fri 9.00am-4.30pm
 Every 3rd Tuesday of the month, 9.00am - 7.30pm

 1 Knights Road
 Lower Hutt
English Teaching College
Free English Classes @ETC Lower Hutt

Study English part-time or full-time with us. We have a variety of free classes for Residents and Citizenship holders. Classes include Intensive Literacy and Numeracy and New Zealand Certificate in English Language, which lead you into further study.

Established in January 2015, ETC Lower Hutt is the newest campus in the ETC family.  It is a small community school with a maximum of 70 students, centrally located in the CBD next to the Westfield Shopping Mall.

Classes run from Monday to Friday, 9am to 2.45pm. Various activities are offered school for students to join.

Contact Details:
ETC – English Teaching College
L1 Woburn House
40-44 Bloomfield Terrace
Lower Hutt

Phone: 04 – 974 99 84
Visit us anytime in between 8am and 4pm.

Shakti Ethnic Women’s SupportShakti NZ provides support services for women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin

 24 Hour Crisis Line ph 0800 742 584
 Wellington Office ph 04 499 8603

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