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IHC i-Volunteer (providing friendship online)








All Towns

IHC recognise that people with intellectual disabilities often feel isolated in their community, and often don’t have the same opportunity to socialise or maintain relationships as others. The iVolunteer program works towards changing this for the better!

How does it work?

  • Volunteers are matched with a person based on interests and personality.
  • While we will be starting with common interests, but we hope it leads to real connection and genuine friendships. ( For example, you might like cooking, walking in the bush, painting, electronics and gadgets or Netflix movies- whatever you both enjoy may lead to fun conversation!)
  • By providing a listening ear and a friend to chat to regularly you will have a tremendously positive impact in the life of a person with intellectual disability.
  • This will be a 1:1 role, meaning you will only be matched with and spend time with one person.
  • Together you decide how often you are in contact, there is flexibility and it is not time specific.
  • Connect as and when you are able to; every level of contribution can make a positive change in their life!
  • Along with their sincere gratitude, you will gain a new friend in the process!

Other details:

  • This is an online programme that provides friendship and connection to people no matter where they live in New Zealand.
  • All communication and engagement is online.
  • Volunteers are provided with full orientation and receive ongoing support from one of our volunteer coordinators.
  • Volunteers will have opportunities for further training and development in the course of volunteering.
  • Be a part of national annual celebrations of volunteers and friends all over the country

Please leave your expressions of interest and someone will be in touch when Recruitment resumes in January 2023


  • Volunteers must own or have access to a digital device and have basic skills in using digital platforms.
  • Good communication - support and training will be provided.
  • Be able to commit to 12 months or more.
  • We welcome applicants over the age of 17 to apply.

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment

  • To begin with, you will spend 4-5 hrs over the course of a 2 weeks to complete your initial training and orientation
  • Once you have connected with your friend, you can decide amongst yourselves what hours work best, and this may vary with each match.
  • It is recommended that you spend at least 1 hour per week together, but we understand that sometimes, fortnightly might work better.

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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