Thank you for your interest in volunteering! 

Welcome to October's Volunteer Now! We have 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 in an application'.

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! 

If you can't find what you are looking for here, you can check out our regional online database and The Wanaka App  and The Central App where we add new roles as they crop up in their community/jobs section. We also have a new Facebook Grou p - Volunteering Central Connections which we update as new roles pop up.

Also keep an eye our in The News also where we have a column sponsored by the fabulous Affleck O'Meara Accounting Superheroes. We also love meeting face to face for a chat about volunteering opportunities!

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

To keep up to date with volunteer sector news, training, celebrations and events sign up to our other newsletter, Volunteer Voice, here.
Otago Community Hospice providing the highest quality specialist palliative care, at no cost to the patient and family, to the communities of Otago. Their shop in Cromwell generates funds to support this service and  is brimming with clothes and housewares donated from our generous community. Imagine volunteering there and helping support this amazing service. Polite, friendly and reliable volunteers are being sought to help out in this fabulous shop.

Wanaka Primary School has joined the Garden to Table programme. This is a unique and inspiring programme teaching our children how to grow and harvest produce grown in the school garden, which will then be prepared and shared in the school kitchen. Volunteers are sought to support the children grow the produce over lunchtimes - 1230 - 1300.

Cromwell Community House (formally Cromwell Resource Centre) are seeking a volunteer receptionist to assist on the front desk in this busy community hub on Friday afternoons. A pleasant, reliable and personable volunteer is required to join this friendly, welcoming team in a varied, interesting and community focused role.
Wanaka LandSAR are the deserving recipients of funds raised at the Wanaka Titan's fundraising obstacle course run taking place on Sunday 27th October (Labour weekend) at Glendhu Station. Volunteers are needed to help with various aspects of the event - car parking, start/finish line, course marshals and kids course marshals. Let us know if you’re keen for fun few hours whilst raising funds for the local LandSAR.
Cat Rescue Wanaka are dedicated to caring for stray and abandoned cats in the Wanaka and Upper Clutha district. Volunteer fosterers are needed to care for and prepare cats for adoption to a permanent home. Caring animal lovers very welcome with 6 months commitment ideally and your landlords permission if you are in a rental property.  
Upper Clutha Sports Trust and Wanaka Alcohol Group are both seeking treasures to ensure their financials are in order and transparent. If you have a head for figures, can spare a couple of hours a month and would like to help, we'd love to hear from you.

 Forest and Bird are seeking fit and field-capable volunteers, with some tramping experience to help maintain its trapping network based in the Upper Clutha Wanaka/Hawea areas. Hours are flexible and weather-dependant: one or two days a month.  Practical skills with tools would be handy.
Queenstown Community Patrol Volunteers are the eyes and ears of the local police and keep the residents, businesses and world wide visitors to Queenstown safer. They have a strong, diverse and varied team and are always on the look out for more patrollers so they can be even more effective in assisting the police. If you can spare a minimum of four hours a month they would love to hear from you. 


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 centrally located office, as well as people making enquiries on the phone. More volunteers are currently being sought - great training and a friendly and welcoming team awaits!
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 day to come and join us! Lets give this beautiful Queenstown Beach some Love!
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!
GirlGuiding NZ is all about preparing girls for making the most of life ahead. Our aim is to help girls develop skills, knowledge, values and a sense of adventure through an experiential learning ‘hands on’ programme that’s designed to be relevant to the interests of today’s girls. We provide a fun, safe environment where girls are encouraged to be themselves, where they can discover their potential, develop an awareness of others and where their ambition is nurtured. Volunteers plan and run girl focused, balanced and exciting programmes that encompasses the values of Girl Guiding NZ and are needed across the QLDC region and Cromwell.
The 6 Day Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage Race through NZ’s Southern Alps is a true pioneering feat. The Pioneer starts and finishes in the adventure capital of the world – Queenstown and in-between is six incredible days of riding which link together the best backcountry riding in the South Island. Volunteers are being sought to support the event with a range of roles to suit a range of skills and timescales. Some are based in Queenstown and others head out on the road. Join the crew and experience this epic ride.

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! 
Wanaka Community Hub are currently seeking individuals passionate about bringing their community together and able to offer skills as a volunteer trustee. The board has a critical role in steering the organisation successfully through the next exciting stage of development and growth. Naturally you will be able to demonstrate that you genuinely value diversity and can build relationships with people from a range of backgrounds.

If you'd like to chat to our Connections Coordinator Kirsty about these or other roles, email her at or call 027 506 5705. 
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