Kaitūao o te Taitonga Volunteer South has been supporting and empowering the community through volunteering since 1986 and none of this would have been possible without our funders and supporters. We would like to thank the following for their ongoing support of our programs.
A massive thank you to Tim Wylie for his dedication and support for volunteering and the Volunteer Centre Network Aotearoa by creating both this website and database for Volunteer South.
Supported Volunteering Programme
The SV programme has been operating in the Ōtepoti Dunedin centre since 1995 with only two dedicated coordinators in that time. The programme has been fully funded by the Southern District Health Board as a part of their mahi and support towards mental health and addictions recovery in the community. People who meet the criteria have a coordinator to support them into meaningful volunteer opportunities as a part of their recovery process. Since 2019, SVP has also been supporting long-term unemployed through the Te Manatū Whakahiato ora Ministry of Social Development.
Community Connections Programme
Our oldest programme has been operating since 1986 and has undergone significant change in that time, especially with the development of new technology to support the connections process. Potential volunteers come to Volunteer South through face-to-face interviews or through the website and our team supports the volunteer to find a meaningful volunteer opportunity for them. Volunteer South also offers Zoom and phone calls to reduce barriers for those unable to come and meet us face to face. This programme is run in all centres and hubs across the Southern region and is funded by a variety of supporters.
Migration Volunteering Programme
Since the beginning of 2020, Volunteer South has been supporting new migrants and former refugees into volunteer opportunities. This involves workshops specifically for migrants and former refugees as well as a dedicated connections service and coordinator. This programme has been generously funded by Volunteering New Zealand and the Department of Internal Affairs.
During an emergency, many people are motivated to volunteer to support the mahi being done to help those affected by the emergency. Volunteer South is a central point for spontaneous volunteers to register their interest so that emergency services can focus on the tasks at hand and any volunteering that is called for can be carried out in a safe and coordinated way. In 2019, Volunteer South - Central Lakes supported the Civil Defence emergency during the floods in Wanaka. In 2020, Volunteer South - Dunedin supported Gore during the Southland floods and both Central Lakes and Dunedin supported the Civil Defence teams in their regions during the Covid-19 lockdown. This work was supported by funding from Otago Community Trust, Dunedin City Council, Central Lakes Trust and Wakatipu Community Foundation Greatest Needs Fund. Our work in this space was carried out in conjunction with a strong team of non profits, council and Civil Defence staff and amazingly dedicated volunteers, without whom it would not have been possible.
Volunteer South is proudly supported by volunteer team members. From finance to database, to emergency response - our volunteers are our greatest assets. Thank you to all our volunteers past, present and future!