One billion people volunteer around the world, all giving their time and skills to improve communities, save lives, fix things that are broken, and bring people together...

International Volunteer Day Picnic
T hanks to all those who came along to the International Volunteer Day picnic today at Woodham Road Park. What a beautiful space this is, providing both sun and shade – and we were delighted to introduce it to people who hadn’t discovered it before! Thanks also to The Muse Community Trust for joining us with their Random Acts of Music team. Ruth Gardner’s blog about the event is worth reading.

International Volunteer Day is a great reason to to celebrate and recognise your volunteers for the invaluable work they do.

International Volunteer Day (IV Day), a United Nations led initiative, is held each year on 5 December.

One billion people volunteer around the world, all giving their time and skills to improve communities, save lives, fix things that are broken, and bring people together. Whether we are working locally as community gardens or on the sport fields, or as aid workers or working with migrant communities, we are part of the global movement of volunteers.

Let’s use this day to celebrate and recognise New Zealand’s volunteers for the invaluable work they do in our communities, locally and globally.

The theme for 2016 is ‘Together we can’ which emphasizes the power of community, and that by working together we can achieve great things. We’re connected with the world in many ways, and have a special relationship with our neighbours in the Pacific. The continuing development of sustainable communities both locally and abroad relies heavily on the engagement, commitment and hard work of volunteers.

In fact, volunteering has been recognised by the UN as an integral part of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – the roadmap of 17 broad goals that set the agenda for international development until 2030. These targets apply to all countries around the world.

One billion people volunteer around the world, all giving their time and skills to improve communities, save lives, fix things that are broken, and bring people together. Whether we are working locally as community gardens or on the sport fields, or as aid workers or working with migrant communities, we are part of the global movement of volunteers.