As we come to the end of 2019 we would like to wish all our volunteers, member organisations, funders, sponsors and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2020.
It's been a busy year for Volunteering Central. We waved farewell to Lucy Shea as she and her family returned to England and we we welcomed Kirsty Miles as our new dedicated Connections Coordinator.
We've hosted our popular Volunteer Engagement workshops as well as co-promoting accounting and strategic planning workshops in conjunction with Sports Central.
We enjoyed learning and sharing at PIVOT, the national volunteering conference and subsequent HUI and will be exploring ideas generated at these session including 'reverse volunteering' and exploring ways to get young people involved in more board level roles.
Our National Volunteer Week and International Volunteer Day campaigns gained great coverage in the media showcasing and promoting the impact volunteers are having in our communities. Over the year we've had around 80 stories in the local media (we're still counting them!) all with the aim of raising awareness of volunteering opportunities and encouraging others to put their hands up to volunteer.
We've connected 100's of volunteers to organisations across the region and supported organisations with their volunteer programmes.
We've continued our relationships with the Wanaka App and the Central App by managing their volunteer tabs and Affleck O'Meara Accounting Superheroes who continue to sponsor our monthly column in The News. We now have regular space in The Wanaka Sun to profile a local volunteer, our newsletter 'Volunteer Now'
has proven popular for volunteers who want to hear about latest roles and we launched our Facebook Group 'Volunteering Central Connections'
which sits alongside our main Facebook page
as a place to promote organisations seeking volunteers.
We've enjoyed talking regularly with young Life Skills Students at Mount Aspiring College and taking part in the Alexandra Youth Expo back in August and continue to enjoy working alongside community groups such as LINK Upper Clutha, Sports Central, QLDC, regional interagency groups and of course all our registered organisations whose roles we promote and whose processes we are here to support!
Finally, we stepped into our role with Civil Defence to coordinate offers from volunteers to help with local flood support in Wanaka and Queenstown areas. Although no official call for volunteers was put out, we had over 250 people in Wanaka and over 50 in Queenstown register with Volunteering Central to assist with the flood efforts and connected around 75 people to help individuals businesses in need of an extra hand as well as assisting with the public clean up of Wanaka's dinosaur park when the water levels dropped enough. It was humbling to see such enthusiasm and commitment from the local community rallying around to support each other.
Thanks and photo credit to QLDC.
Our team remain active volunteers themselves with their main roles being managing volunteers for The Wanaka Trail Ride (Gillian) and running the Queentown GirlGuides (Kirsty).
Gillian and Kirsty will be taking a break over Christmas and New Year and look forward to working with you again in 2020. We have a busy training and networking schedule planned as well as exciting celebration events - full details coming to you soon!
Kia pai tō Kirihimete. Have a good Christmas. From Gillian and Kirsty.
Thanks and photo credit to Tonia's Photography