On 21 June we held our annual Volunteer Recognition Awards for 2021. What an inspiring bunch of individual and group volunteers! Special thanks to our fabulous entertainers from StarJam, Ethan Hawker and Amy Verdellen, and our inspiring guest Speaker, Wendy Thompson of Bellyful. And a huge congratulations to all award recipients - thank you for the exceptionally valuable role you play in making a difference in our community.
On 14 May a team of enthusiastic students from the St Andrew’s College Preparatory School were ‘buzzing’ from their time at Richmond Community Gardens… getting involved in the community is a great way for our young people to experience making a difference, being active citizens, leadership… all while having some fun! Thanks team STAC!!
On 12 May a small group of hardy souls from the US Embassy Youth Council endured the freezing wet conditions, to help out at the Richmond Community Gardens. The team put together a set of woven frames on the garden beds, contributing to the continuous development of the fungi farm. Things are really starting to take shape now!
On 18 April, we repeated our popular family volunteering painting event with over 40 participants! We painted the remaining sides of the toilet block walls at Linwood Park, and once again the outcome was most impressive! Thank you to all the families who came along, young and old, you made a real difference! We look forward to seeing many of you again next time.
On 2 March, we attended the second Clubs and Societies Day (for older adults) at Turanga Library. As always, it was an honour to engage with a wide variety of people and represent volunteering. We look forward to helping many more people make a difference through volunteering!
On 20 February, we took part in the annual Culture Galore festival, celebrating the wonderful multicultural diversity of our city. Thank you to our student volunteers from St Margaret’s College and Catholic Cathedral College for helping us man the stall, engage with visitors and supervise the young painters! #VolunteersRock!
On 8 February, we were delighted to be part of the annual “I Love Brighton” event! There were loads of activities for the young and not so young, crafts, food, and local musicians entertaining throughout the day, including an enthusiastic Kapa Haka team from Rawhiti School. A stunningly hot Summer afternoon brought out the crowds, and we met lots of interesting people! Thanks to everyone to came by our stand to say “hi”!
On 30 January we represented volunteering at the first Clubs and Societies Day (for younger people), set up in Turanga Central Library. It was inspiring to be alongside a number of other amazing community groups, all encouraging young people to get involved in their communities.