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
Volunteering Canterbury offers the following services:
For-purpose Organisations Supported
Current Roles Available
Volunteer hours gifted in 2021
Cantabrians helped in 2021
Glenda is the 'face' of Volunteering Canterbury. She is often out and about presenting and advocating for volunteering, with her encyclopaedic knowledge of local for-purpose organisations and the wider volunteering environment. She is the key contact person for our member organisations and also coordinates our Group Volunteering projects linking all sorts of groups, businesses, schools and service groups, with local community organisations. She also manages 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.
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.
Tammy coordinates community projects such as Family Volunteering Days, Volunteer Surveys and our quarterly Volunteer Newsletter. She manages our Social Media channels, and keeps our website up to date, gathering Volunteer stories, photos, news and resources to share. Tammy is in the office on Tuesdays.
Lizzie works primarily in the Selwyn region, with a focus on building and nurturing our engagement with volunteer-involving organisations in the Selwyn District Council community. She works to build connections with community groups and businesses in the Selwyn area and encourage more people in the area to volunteer. Lizzie works a few hours each week, out and about across the Selwyn region.
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.
Our Kaumatua is Aunty Kiwa Hutchen.
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.
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.
Dress for Success
Thank you for your time to speak with our team. There were several great points in your presentation and even the most experienced of our team took away some learning so well done and thank you.
Rural Support Trust
Thanks for the service you offer which has been an essential part of us functioning as an organisation and being able to offer the level of service and support that do.
Hapai Access Trust
Thank you and your team for looking after us and volunteers.
Petersgate Counselling Centre