Volunteer South seeks to empower the community through volunteering and one of the ways we do this is by partnering with other organisations that support the work being done in the Southern region.
Our southernmost office is run in proud partnership with the team at Citizens Advice Bureau Invercargill.
With no Volunteer Centre present in Invercargill prior to our partnership, there was a gap to be filled and with both the CAB and Volunteer South teams looking to establish a centre in the deep South, we pulled together our resources, strengths and knowledge to work together to establish Volunteer South - Invercargill.
Established in 2020 the CAB is the natural base for the hub, where volunteers can go to seek advice and information about how they can connect to their community through volunteering. Our partnership with the CAB in Invercargill enables vital services to be delivered to the organisations and volunteers in the lower South Island, with Volunteer South bringing their processes, procedures and knowledge around volunteer engagement and best practice, and the CAB bringing their local knowledge, experience and relationships.
If you're keen to see how the Invercargill team can support you as an organisation or volunteer feel free to drop in to the office on Don Street to say hello or email Raewyn on firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaitūao o te Taitonga | Volunteer South and UniCrew volunteers at the University of Otago have worked together to support volunteering in Ōtepoti | Dunedin city since 2015. In 2020, the two volunteer | social impact centres have renewed their working relationship in better ways to ensure the community gets the support it needs through volunteering. We've increased the level of support we offer volunteer-involving organisations as well as more communication, more volunteer opportunities and high-level community support around emergencies.
The best thing about our new partnership is that it costs exactly $0 for this wider support across our community. On behalf of Volunteer South and Social Impact Studio, we thank you for your support, because without you, this partnership would never have happened. Thanks team!
Working together across the Otago region since 2018, Kaitūao o te Taitonga | Volunteer South, Social Impact Studio (through their partnership and MOU with Volunteer South) and Otago Civil Defence officially detailed how each agency would support each other in response to a community emergency situation.
During the 2020 Covid-19 nationwide lockdown, Volunteer South in Central Lakes was quickly activated to support the Queenstown Lakes area, followed by Dunedin, Central Otago and Waitaki in the following days. Named as the lead agency for volunteer coordination, Volunteer South helped to promote safe ways of volunteering as well as funneling volunteers into areas of need during the initial - and longer - welfare response. This unusual activity helped to create processes and systems that has led to the Emergency Volunteering database at Volunteer South.
In an emergency, Volunteer South will be able to support Civil Defence by being the central agency for spontaneous volunteers. This will enable emergency response teams to be able to respond without the need to manage the well meaning community members who do not have the skills or equipment to help. These spontaneous, emergent or community volunteers are funneled through to Volunteer South who then sends these volunteers to the appropriate agencies. In Dunedin, Social Impact Studio and Volunteer South ensure this is done in a coordinated way so that our university students are also well supported.
Kaitūao o te Taitonga | Volunteer South and Otago Access Radio in Dunedin have been working together for 5 years to provide community connections and volunteer opportunities across the wider Dunedin space. As organisational neighbours, Volunteer South is proud to support Otago Access Radio with volunteering resources and Otago Access Radio has generously been hosting the Volunteer South Hotspot showcasing volunteer-involving organisations and community groups (VIO) in Dunedin.
The Volunteer South Hotspot is a 15 minute spot on the OARsome morning show every Friday at 8.40AM for the Dunedin area. It is an opportunity for those organisations or community groups that involve volunteers to share with the community the work that they do and the awesome power of their tūao | volunteers. There is no need to be a member of Volunteer South to access this opportunity and the Volunteer South Hotspot runs for 48 weeks of the year so if you're needing a bit of a boost in volunteers, contact the Volunteer South team by emailing email@example.com.
Volunteer South has also launched their first dedicated radio show, aiming at upskilling our youth in the community called the Youth Impact. You can find out more about this podcast and listen to them every Friday, at 4.30PM by heading to their website here.
In June 2020, Kaitūao o te Taitonga - Ōtepoti | Volunteer South - Dunedin proudly opened a volunteering hub located in Mosgiel with the aim of reducing barriers for the Mosgiel community to volunteering within their own community. Now, in 2021, Volunteer South is proud to announce the partnership with South Dunedin Community Network to offer the same hub in the South Dunedin community!
Every Tuesday, from 9:30AM to 12:30PM, a member of our Volunteer South team will be joining the SDCN in their space at 278A King Edward Street. People looking for volunteer roles can pop in and have a chat with Volunteer South about any volunteering opportunities that they would like to do. If they're unable to see us at that time, the SDCN team can take your details for us to follow up with. It's easy - and that's what the partnership is all about! Making connections in the South Dunedin community has never been easier!
2021 marked the start of the new partnership between SBS Bank and Kaitūao o te Taitonga | Volunteer South with the start of the SBS Bank Dunedin Volunteer Awards, proudly sponsored and supported by SBS Bank and organised by Volunteer South. The two organisations partnered together to ensure that community spirit is celebrated and the immense work done by tūao | volunteers is recognised and celebrated by the wider Dunedin community.
The SBS Bank Dunedin Volunteer Awards take place on September 11 for 2021, with 6 weeks to nominate and 5 community judges to pick the finalists. Held at the Metro Lounge at the Edgar Centre, the morning is a glitzy opportunity to network and celebrate with other tūao | volunteers and for-impact organisations and community groups.
The Ōtepoti Wellbeing Network formed from an Ignite project led by Business students at the University of Otago. Originally brought together as the Coalition of Trusts, several organisations including Volunteer South sought to find a way to better address wellbeing in Dunedin. The resulting project from the Ignite team has led to a creation of a website or "community hub" and the chance to build a centralised place for community initiatives that supports wellbeing.
The Ōtepoti Wellbeing Network is committed to empowering organisations within the mental health space to collaborate and work together. Our vision is to provide the Ōtepoti community with the highest standard of support through the utilisation of the joint resources, knowledge and experience of the organisations within the network. We aim to creating collaborative impact through community enterprise and engagement, connecting people with ideas, information and support that enables people to empower and encourage mental wellbeing.
To find out more about the Ōtepoti Wellbeing Network (OWN), head to the website here.
Kaitūao o te Taitonga | Volunteer South and Southern Health have partnered up to support mental health awareness in the wider Otago community. While the partnership started during Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, the collaboration has continued past the important week to increase the messaging around mental wellbeing and provide options of where to seek help if needed.
Volunteers from around Otago have been walking around their communities to deliver card stackers full to the brim with useful information that people can pick up and slip into their pocket should they be seeking to improve their mental wellbeing. Places that are encouraged to display the card stackers or posters are everyday businesses like cafes and banks as well as libraries, community hubs, schools and charities.
If you're wanting to give some love back to the community and support mental wellbeing by displaying a cardstacker, get in touch with the fantastic team at Volunteer South at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the All Right? campaign here.
We are pleased to be able to share with you Give Time. Developed by a group of Year 10 students from Wakatipu High School, Give Time is a student focused mobile friendly website that helps students find appropriate volunteer opportunities in their community. Give Time was created by students, for students to help them connect with organisations to give their time to.
The team at Volunteer South have partnered with the students to ensure host organisations are best placed to offer young volunteers a safe and rewarding experience and are helping them administer the site.
Students that volunteer benefit in so many ways - making new connections and friends, gaining new skills and experience, boosting their CV, improving their health and well-being, learning more about themselves and getting a huge boost of the warm fuzzies from having fun and giving back to their community. If you are a Wakatipu High School student keen to view roles, or an organisation keen to host students head to Give Time and take a look!
If you have any questions about Give Time, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Volunteer South or view a short film here about how their idea came about and evolved into Give Time.