People and communities prospering through volunteering.

To enable the successful engagement of volunteers by not-for-profit organisations, and promote the benefits of volunteering to people and communities.

Integrity, Respect, Inclusiveness and Service with a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


work done of one's own free will, unpaid, for the common good

Our Services

Volunteering Canterbury offers the following services:

  • Recruiting and supporting volunteers to assist organisations and people in need
  • Free registration for people looking for volunteer roles on our website
  • Community organisations can publish roles on our website
  • Regular workshops and network meetings relevant to volunteer management
  • Unique not-for-profit support and advocacy group
  • Consultancy and mentorship for not-for-profit community organisations
  • Group volunteering opportunities for businesses and other groups
  • 1:1 Volunteer Programme reviews
  • Promoting the value of voluntary work via presentations, awards, displays celebrating key events and social and print media
  • Advocating for volunteers and voluntary organisations
Organisations Served
Volunteers Served
Roles Available
Volunteer Hours Donated in 2020
People Helped or Affected by our Organisations

Meet Our Team

Alison Marshall – Administration & Finance Coordinator
Alison is responsible for the bits that keep the office ticking – grant applications, finances, strategic planning, and keeping updated with trends to support the direction of the organisation to meet the needs of those we support in the community.  Alison is in the office Monday to Thursday.

Glenda Martin – Outreach Manager
Glenda is the “face” of Volunteering Canterbury. She is often out and about presenting to groups, organisations, schools or businesses, advocating for volunteering. She also manages our Group Volunteering programme, and our unique Tautoko Network support group, as well as coordinating Student Volunteer Expos, and other community events. Glenda is in the office Monday to Friday.

Tammy Dodgshun – Project Support and Administrator
Tammy coordinates community projects such as Family Volunteering Days, Volunteer Surveys and our quarterly Volunteer Newsletter. She helps to run our Facebook page, and keeps our website up to date, gathering Volunteer stories, photos, news and resources to share. Tammy is in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Mary-Ellen Wilson – Volunteer Extraordinaire
Mary Ellen is our amazing office volunteer! She has been supporting Volunteering Canterbury for many years now, and helps to keep things ticking over smoothly. She is the primary contact for anyone who ‘drops in’ to the office, and is available by appointment to help volunteers register and find volunteering opportunities. Mary Ellen is in the office on Mondays.


Trust Board Members

  • Amanda Edmonds (Chairperson)
  • Helen Kidd (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Dante Fyfe (Treasurer)
  • Molly Sialeipata (representing Pacific Peoples’ Forum)
  • Ngaio Stuart (representing Te Runaka ki Otautahi o Kai Tahu)
  • Wendy Butcher
  • Lynette Crestani
  • Peter Madden
  • Ruby Haddon
  • Susan Horton (Secretary)

Our Kaumatua is Aunty Kiwa Hutchen.

Honorary Life Members

  • Ann Fass
  • Carole Dewar
  • Jan Harrison
  • Mary Woods
  • Ruth Gardner


“What an awesome organisation! We have had an overwhelming response to our VolCan posting and continue to have volunteers coming to us via word of mouth and our website. We, at City Harvest, have been quite humbled at the response of the Community in their willingness to be part of the organisation. And we have fabulous volunteers. Absolutely amazing.”

Janice MilliganCity Harvest

“You should indeed be proud of the Expo, it had an energy and vitality that was infectious. We had 40 students register their interest and will work through contacting them over the next week. That is at the very least 40 more women that know about Dress for Success. Thanks so much for all your work.”

Ginny RhodesDress for Success

“We do appreciate all the work you do and we get some great volunteers from your website”

Anne-Marie RoseHagley Adult Literacy Centre

“Just a quick note to say thank you for organising the volunteer activities for the Chamber staff last Thursday. The team really enjoyed themselves and we were pleased we were able to help five community groups. We look forward to our next Volunteer Day!”

Claire McOscarCanterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce

“We had a fun and rewarding day on Thursday. Lots of sore backs and hands on Friday so I know the team gave it their best!”

Group VolunteersKiwibank

“Thank you for a wonderful experience yesterday. We all enjoyed ourselves and it was rewarding to know that we were able to help in this way. All that attended said they would definitely like to do this again should the opportunity arise.”

Joanne NewbouldFulton Hogan

“Thanks so much for organising the Expo. It was wonderful to talk to so many keen students. I ended up with 3 pages of names to follow up on!”

Sandra PorterChristchurch City Mission

“Please accept my heartfelt thanks to you all for your help in organising and promoting today’s Volunteering Expo. What a fantastic event with 25 exhibitors and over 650 students attending – just amazing!! It was so special and uplifting as well to see how much our students want to give back and be involved in their community.”

Robyn CumminsUniversity of Canterbury