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 Programme

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.

To learn more about SVP, including how to referr someone, head to the page here.

Migration Volunteering Programme

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.

To learn more about MVP, including more about our workshops and dates for the year, head to the page here.

Wakatipu High School Give Time

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.