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Happiness House Trust


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Happiness House Community Support Centre (HH) was created in 1991 by Pat Bird, a local Wakatipu woman. Pat identified a need for some kind of support for families and individuals that were being left ‘behind’ in a fast growing and quite isolated community. HH was formed as a support centre, set in a home like environment in a privately rented property which people could come to and have comfort and assistance.

She started with a ‘soup’ type kitchen so over the winter months there was always warm food available to clients. She then set about gathering second hand clothes, bedding, anything that could be distributed to those in need in the community.

HH continues to provide an open, warm, friendly and confidential environment. Between the hours of 10am-4pm on Mondays and 9am-4pm Tuesday to Friday anyone can gather and enjoy their community support centre in the same home like setting that Pat Bird created all those years ago. A selection of our group activities are; Knitting Group, Frisbee Golf, Gardening Group, Music Group and a Craft Group.

Volunteers who can speak fluent Spanish, Portuguese and English are being seeked to assist the Happiness House staff members with Produce day on Fridays in case any of their clients need translation for further support.


Volunteers need to be:

  • Spanish or Portuguese fluent language skills
  • A fluent English speaker
  • Kind
  • Helpful
  • Friendly
  • Supportive
  • Willingness to show compassion, empathy and confidentiality

Time commitment

Fridays between 10.30am and 3.00pm during the Produce day.

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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