Disastrous Dinner with a Difference

Facilitated training Disaster

The road to recovery after disaster is longer and harder without a sense of the journey ahead. This Disastrous Dinner with a Difference empowers community members with recovery knowledge.

The Disastrous Dinner with a Difference is so much more than a community education session. This highly engaging and interactive event will support disaster-impacted communities to:

  • deepen community connections
  • build recovery knowledge and a recovery toolkit.

Why is this so important? We know it is the locals who will drive and support recovery for communities long after the sirens and media have disappeared. It is locals who can best put recovery knowledge to use as they lead their households through recovery, support their neighbors and advocate for and make informed decisions for their communities.

The event mixes curated conversation, connection, and the interactive presentation of recovery knowledge from a world-leading psychosocial recovery expert.

Includes a set of Cards for Calamity for impacted households to continue the learning and support post-event.

Please get in touch to discuss the needs of your community.

Meet your facilitator

Jolie Wills


Jolie has a Masters in Cognitive Psychology and is a leading psychosocial expert in disaster and disruption. Jolie has studied how the mind works under prolonged pressure, how we make decisions and how our reactions and behaviors are impacted by stress. Jolie is a survivor of the Christchurch earthquakes and has lived disaster recovery with her family first-hand. She led the psychosocial recovery program for New Zealand Red Cross in response to the earthquakes and has supported those working in disasters around the world. Jolie is a Winston Churchill fellowship recipient, a Leadership New Zealand alumna, an Edmund Hillary Fellow, a co-author of Leading in Disaster Recovery: A Companion through the Chaos and is an advising member to the global Counter Terrorism Prevention Network.