Volunteer South promotes, supports and strengthens volunteering, creating stronger more connected communities.

We are passionate about volunteering and our main aims are to:

  • Increase awareness of volunteer opportunities in the region, and encourage and inspire people to volunteer.
  • Increase the capacity of local organisations involving volunteers and to ensure that everyone involved; the volunteers and the beneficiaries have a positive, meaningful and rewarding experience.
  • Through positive volunteering experiences the community’s health, well-being and connectedness is improved.

Our team of Community Connectors are based in Central Lakes and Dunedin, have regular visits to Waitaki and currently service Invercargill remotely due to long term staff sick leave. We are available to meet organisations to discuss planning for volunteers, processes, recruitment and engagement, and can provide access to templates and resources. For organisations seeking to promote a role, or requiring advice over a number of meetings, we request that you join our membership programme to ensure you receive access to our full services.

Volunteer South's membership programme is for volunteer involving organisations or community groups that are wish to increase awareness of their volunteer opportunities in the region, or are seeking advice and guidance in relations to their volunteer programme.

Volunteer South membership gives you access to:

  • On going advice and support service around volunteer engagement and retention. training and volunteer best practice.
  • Our Community Connections programme (connecting volunteers with organisations)
  • Your own profile on our website, with unlimited role listings.
  • Roles listing on Social Impact Studios | UniCrew website (unless you request otherwise)
  • Promotion of your roles across a range of avenues including Facebook, Instagram, newsletters, community apps and local print and digital media.
  • Access to our Mentorship service for dedicated support.
  • Discounted rates to our professional development training, workshops.
  • Free access to networking sessions.
  • Invitation to join events or promotional opportunities in the community.
  • An opportunity to take part in our celebrations for volunteer events like International Volunteer Managers Day and National Volunteer Week.
  • Automatic subscription to our regular newsletters.

Since COVID and funding uncertainty, membership is currently complimentary.

For organisations that have multiple branches listed under the same number on the Charities Register there will be a cost relevant to the sliding scale for the first organisation and $25 for each additional branch (this cost will be complimentary until further notice).

In the future, if payment of the fees are difficult to meet for your organisation, you can request that the membership fee to be waived and these will be considered on a case by case basis and will be reviewed at the end of each year of membership. We strive to ensure our services are available to any organisation seeking support with their volunteer programme - so if cost is an issue please talk to us.

Volunteer South would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest. We very much look forward to working with you.

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