Kaitūao o te Taitonga Volunteer South is dedicated to supporting the community by providing volunteer opportunities and support for members of the community from all walks of life, no matter their status in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Supported Volunteering offers assistance to people impacted by mental health issues to consider whether or not volunteering could be an option for them in a no-pressure, confidential and positive environment.
By helping people identify their hopes, their dislikes, their talents, interests and challenges, the Supported Volunteering Programme (SVP) walks alongside each participant on their own unique journey, moving at their pace in the direction they set, supporting their choices regardless of whether they ultimately volunteer or not. Supported Volunteering is just one possible pathway people may choose to take that can support their personal journey to wellness.
It is a referral based service so participants can be referred by their Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Community Worker or even a General Practitioner.
Contact our Supported Volunteering Coordinator for more details and a referral form at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're new to Aotearoa New Zealand, whether you're on a tourist Visa, new migrant or former refugee, this programme is for you.
People who start new in a new country or city come with an enormous amount of skills but many newcomers speak of how difficult it can be to make connections or meet new people when they come to a new city. Volunteer South started the Migration Volunteering Programme (MVP) for the Southern region in order to support newcomers into volunteering opportunities to help build those connections and support them into our wider community.
The programme starts with a workshop for people wanting to volunteer in their community which builds on their interests and passions and gives them information about volunteers and volunteering in New Zealand. The team encourages people to volunteer in a way that is meaningful for them in roles that supports wider connection with the community - whether that is tech support, playgroup support or being in the outdoors. For those that need to learn more English and Te Reo, volunteering is a fantastic opportunity to practice Kiwi English.
Volunteer South is currently working on more dedicated support for newcomers to volunteer so please watch this space. Anyone who is new to the community is eligible for the workshop and we can provide interpreters if needed.
Please note that this programme is currently only available for Dunedin. For more information about the MVP and the Volunteering New Zealand national strategy for recent migrants, click here.
Our next workshops are coming up in October!
For newcomers to New Zealand:
Thursday, October 22nd, 9AM - 12PM
For organisations who want to involve newcomers in their volunteer programmes:
Thusday, October 29th, 9AM - 11AM
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 – Central Lakes 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 – Central Lakes or view a short film here about how their idea came about and evolved into Give Time.