Thank you for your interest in volunteering! 

Welcome to September's edition of Volunteer Now!

We hope you are all well and readjusting to life in level 2 - have no fear lots of volunteering programmes are still taking place and lots of organisations are on the hunt for passionate, friendly and kind volunteers like you!

Here are some great new roles to tease your tastebuds and as usual for each role we give you a snippet of info to capture your interest - then for full details, click the image and you'll be taken through to the full role description where you can fill out the "apply for the role" section of each role on our snazyy new website.

This doesn't commit you to volunteering, think of it like an expression of interest and a way of connecting with organisations you want to find out about. Some roles will take you to their Facebook page or website where you can sign up directly - or just call us if you need help! We are back to being able to do face to face meetings with anyone keen to speak to us about volunteering.

Thanks to the Queenstown, Wanaka and Central App and Affleck O'Meara, for helping us raise awareness of volunteering and connecting you to more roles.

Keep well and thank you for your interest in volunteering.

Kirsty and Gillian

Interested in helping the older gems of the Queenstown community? SupportLink run a companion service matching volunteers with an elderly person to take them to appointments, shopping, for a walk or to have a cup of tea and a natter each week – whatever needs the older person identifies.
SPCA Otago is a voluntary organisation set up by the people in the community who are interested in and want to do something about the welfare of animals. "We speak for those who cannot speak for themselves" The Alexandra Op Shop helps to raise awareness and funds for the charity. The shop is largely manned by volunteers and overseen by an SPCA representative from the Central Otago area.
CO REAP provides a diverse and extensive educational resource to rural communities, implementing a life long learning approach. We are on the hunt for a second volunteer filmmaker with the skills and passion to assist in editing videos that showcase our work and courses.
Hawea Community Association are seeking a communition hero to support them as a new secretary -  this position is vital in helping to keep our Community informed about Council decisions and developments that directly affect your rates, providing information on local events, upcoming and current Community consultations, maintenance of our environment, the health of our waterways, and the general well-being of our Community.
Help keep Alexandra Clyde beautiful. We are a group of volunteers that are involved with litter abatement, beautification and civic pride. We encourage the involvement of schools and service group. Volunteers are needed for working bees; this can be garden type work, plantings, maintenance or rubbish clean-ups. Projects are often very relaxed with the opportunity for breaks and a chat.  Members bring their own tools but extras are available for use.

Age Concern Otago are on the lookout for more volunteers to visit their clients. The demand for this service has increased since COVID so if you’ve always thought about volunteering with older people but never got round to it now is the time! Volunteers are sought to befriend and visit elderly clients once a week helping with errands, craft activities, good conversations and generally supporting them through a healthy and fulfilling companionship.

The Wanaka Titans presents The Wanaka Dash; an obstacle course event with a carnival/family atmosphere that will be raising funds for a local non profit organisation. The aim of the event is to promote fitness and participation rather than competing and friendly volunteers are required to man certain parts of the course to ensure participants navigate the course correctly. The event is set for October 25th. Come along and have some fun!
Wanaka Well and Mums4Mums in Alexandra and Cromwell are seeking women who are warm, welcoming and supportive to make cups of tea and keep an eye on the children whilst peer supporters spend time talking and listening with mums who are attending groups and gaining advice on their parenting journey.
Everyday 60 New Zealanders will hear the words “You have cancer”. The Cancer Society understands how a cancer diagnosis can affect every aspect of someone’s life and how it can also affect their family / whanau, friends and others around them. Our commitment is to help people get through. Help us make a difference in your community by becoming a Cancer Society Volunteer who provides information and support to people affected by cancer. Support might involve visiting, respite care or driving someone to an appointment for treatment.

The Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon is a running festival on 21st November 2020 set in the epic backdrop of the Crown and Remarkable mountain ranges. Awesome, helpful, energetic and friendly volunteers are needed to make the event a great experience for everyone involved!

The Central Otago Buddy Programme contributes to the emotional and social well-being of children by matching them with carefully selected and trained adult volunteers in a well-supported mentoring relationship. Big buddies are currently being looked for in Cromwell - if you can share an hour or two a week and would enjoy spending time in a positive way with a child then we'd love to hear from you!
Central Cinema in Alexandra is a fabulous community cinema and are seeking screeners and ticketers to help with their day to day running. Training and support is provided for this unique and rewarding role at this brilliant community hub. Contact us for full details!
Cromwell Youth Trust are seeking volunteers to spend time at The Hangout Youth Centre after school 3-5.30pm where young people can hang out in a safe and supportive environment. Volunteers can join in pool table games, creative arts, cooking, chatting, watching movies, playing music, enjoying card games and so many more chilled and relaxing activities with the young people who attend. Full support provided.
Wakatipu Plunket are looking for a friendly and approachable person who could volunteer 4 hrs per month at a new mum's peer support group in Arrowtown called Remarkable Mums.
The Wakatipu Reforestation Trust's mission is to grow native plants at its Jean Malpas Community Nursery in Kelvin Heights to use these plants to plant in public areas to enhance biodiversity in the Wakatipu Basin. Volunteers help to grow our native plants by potting up seedlings, weeding pots and maintaining a tidy nursery as well as joining the weekend planting days in the Spring and Autumn.

"Helping People to Help Themselves" - The Alexandra Community Advice Network provides a free, confidential referral information and advice service. The office is located in the Community House, Alexandra and is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm. Volunteers who are friendly and effective listeners are trained to give advice and local information to the Alexandra and wider communities. 

Alexandra and District Youth Trust seek volunteers with an understanding of governance, good communication skills and of course an interest and empathy with young people to join the board of trustees. Help provide a safe place for youth to belong and develop in Alexandra.

The Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery showcases the unique stories of Central Otago. These stories include geology, early explorers, social history, gold, dredging & mining, farming, orcharding, viticulture and many more besides.
As the guardians of Central Otago's rich heritage, their philosophy is to care for the cultural well-being of their community and provide the best experience they can - for locals and visitors alike.
It is the responsibility of present and future volunteer members of Central Stories to preserve and foster interest in the heritage of the distant and recent past in our district.
Food for Love are seeking volunteers to help those going through tough times in the Wanaka and Hawea community by offering home-cooked meals to families or individuals.

Are you a fixer, a sewer, a repairer? Join the repairer revolution with Wastebusters coming to Wanaka, Hawea, Alexandra and Queenstown this spring!

Alzheimers NZ represents people living with dementia at a national level by raising awareness of dementia, providing information and resources, advocating for high quality services, and promoting research about prevention, treatment, cure and care. In Queenstown, we run weekly programmes for people living with dementia and will shortly be opening a Dementia Club in both Queenstown and Wanaka and will be needing volunteers once a week for both locations.
The CAB is a champion of people’s rights, working to solve the underlying causes of the problems they face. We think it is important that everyone in New Zealand can participate in their community and access the services they need. Queenstown CAB is staffed by volunteers who welcome and support people at the office in town, as well as people making enquiries on the phone. More volunteers are currently being sought - great training and a friendly and welcoming team awaits!

Department of Corrections and Volunteer South - Central Lakes are looking for Community Work Supervisor Volunteers. This would be an ideal role for volunteers who are community minded and keen to see local groups reach their potential through utilising the support of the department of corrections. This role will maximise the value of this community work to both the community worker and the host organisations.
The Parents Centre have recently started a Meals for Mums initiative for the Alexandra/ Clyde/ Omakau area.The intention is to provide home cooked meals to new mums or families that just need a helping hand. We are on the hunt for kind hearted volunteers to make meals for the deserving recipients. 
The Alexandra Toy Library has been so lucky to have had a small but dedicated team of volunteers who have run the library for us on Wednesday afternoons. A couple of these ladies have decided to step back from their commitment so we need to find a few more to replace them. The library is open 3.15-4.15 Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. It’s nice and sociable and there is a user friendly computer system to log the toys borrowed and returned.

Help keep Queenstown clean. Every piece of plastic and rubbish you pick up, is one less piece that can end up wrapped around or ingested by wildlife. Take some time out of your morning on the last Sunday of every month and join us!
And if you are as passionate as we are about our cause, and want to spread awareness or start volunteering, come along and have a chat to the Crew. Please bring reusable gloves. Bags provided. Dogs welcome. See you there!

Te Kākano Aotearoa in Wanaka runs a community-based native plant nursery. Volunteers hail from all around the world and span all ages. Not only do they lend us a helping hand each year but they leave a permanent personal mark on the local landscape for generations to come. Join us for a cuppa a chat and connect with others as we propogate more plants to enhance our environment.
M!NT Charitable Trust is a small group of local families working on a voluntary basis to support youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities in the Upper Clutha. The group's vision is "Strength together to achieve a good life for our children with intellectual disability". They are seeking volunteers for a fabulous range of roles over the upcoming months - one off opportunities as well as the chance to get stuck in on a regular basis. Check out the full range of roles on our website or get in touch for full details.

If you'd like to chat to our Connections Coordinator Kirsty about these or other roles, email her at or call 027 506 5777. She'd love to help you on your volunteering journey.
To keep up to date with volunteer sector news, training, celebrations and events sign up to our other newsletter, Volunteer Voice, here.
Search our full database of roles here.
Join Volunteer South - Central Lakes Connections Facebook group.
For a selection of the media coverage highlighting the work of volunteers in the welfare response check out the links below:

Behind the Scenes at Volunteering Central - Wanaka App

100s volunteer to help others - ODT

Volunteers keen to help others - ODT

Lakes Weekly Bulletin - volunteer spotlight.

Volunteers assisting migrants - the need is overwhelming

Helping in times of need - ODT

In the Van-Guard - Mountain Scene

For a selection of national stories relating to volunteering in COVID 19 head to VNZ's website here.
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