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. We run a variety of programmes and initiatives that support volunteering across our communities.

Tūao Awhina | Supported Volunteering

Available in Ōtepoti | Dunedin & Mosgiel

Supported Volunteering provides a pathway to explore volunteering for people who are struggling with poor mental health and isolation. The right volunteering experience can support your personal journey to wellness by helping to renew your sense of purpose, get you out into the community and even develop new skills!

We sit down and talk with participants in a no-pressure, confidential and positive environment to help find a role that suits them. If they choose to volunteer, we'll continue to support their volunteering journey, moving at their pace and in the direction they set.

If you'd like to talk about how we can support you to volunteer, you can email with your questions or make an appointment for a kōrero here.

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Governance Mentoring Programme - Dunedin and Central Lakes

The Governance Mentoring Programme is a six month mentoring programme, aimed at strengthening leaders in governance roles of community organisations through focused mentoring relationships.

The programme is delivered by Volunteer South (Central Lakes and Dunedin) in partnership with the Mentoring Foundation of NZ and Community Governance NZ. It is supported in Central Lakes by ACOSS, Central Lakes Trust, Central Otago District Council, Cromwell and Districts Community Trust, Sport Central and Queenstown Lakes District Council.

The mentoring model has been designed to increase participants’ effectiveness in community governance by developing capability, connection and confidence. Each mentee will be matched with a mentor who has strong not-for-profit governance experience and whose skills overlap with their current needs. All mentees and mentors will be supported by the programme coordinator.

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