Tūao Awhina | Supported Volunteering

Available in Ōtepoti | Dunedin & Mosgiel

Are you looking to connect with people, explore interests and skills, or improve your sense of purpose?

Volunteering can help you! At Volunteer South | Kaitūao o te Taitonga, we can connect you with local organisations and people with a passion for helping others and improving our community.

Supported Volunteering is designed for people who are struggling with social isolation and mental health, but you don't have to have a specific diagnosis in place to sign up. We know that if you're considering volunteering as a way of getting out into the community, it can be helpful to take some time to explore - and we're happy to support you on your volunteering journey. Here's how:

1. It’s About You

We recognise everyone is different, so we're happy to go at your pace. To start off, we'll have a conversation to explore your interests and understand your needs. When you're feeling ready to volunteer, we'll suggest roles that might spark your passion.

2. Bridging the Gap

We’ll act as a bridge between you and potential roles. We're happy to find answers to your questions and connect you to the people you're interested in volunteering with before you start something new. This helps to make it clear what you can expect from a role so you can feel confident before you commit.

3. Keeping in Touch

We know that the first day in a new role is just the start of your volunteering journey, so we'll keep in touch with you as you volunteer. We'll talk about how the role is going, whether volunteering is helping you meet your goals, and whether you need to make any changes. If you need our help, we're here to support your decisions.

If you'd like to learn more about how we can support you to volunteer, you can email Peter at svp@volunteersouth.org.nz with your questions, or call us on (03) 471 6206 (press 2 to speak to Peter) or 027 506 5703.

If you'd like to try supported volunteering, you can make an appointment for a kōrero with Peter here.

Disclaimer: Supported Volunteering is a non-clinical service with limited capacity, and is not available on an urgent basis. If you need immediate assistance, make sure to get in touch with your medical centre or mental health practitioner.