On 24th May 2022, Lizzie caught a stunning day out in Darfield for one of her Selwyn Library Drop-in Sessions!
On 5th May 2022, a team from TourPlan spent the evening preparing and serving dinner to families in Ronald McDonald House. What a massive undertaking, that made a huge difference to the families going through some really challenging times. Great work team, thank you!
During the 2022 Omicron outbreak, we have been meeting regularly with a group which includes MSD, CDHB and CDEM, to identify (and then meet!) specific requirements for volunteers as part of the community response to Omicron. Volunteers we contacted as a result of this were often 'in action' within hours of our contact - here's a few preparing packs for those self-isolating at home. Thank you, thank you to everyone who played (and continues to play) a part in this response.
Between 4th and 10th April 2022, we celebrated Student Volunteer Week in New Zealand. At team of students from Rolleston College gave their time to work with NICU Cuddle Hearts, sewing small cotton fabric hearts. These are shared between mothers and babies in Neo-natal Intensive Care and are proven to have benefits for both!
On 22 February, the team from TourPlan spent the day at 0800 Hungry packing up and delivering food boxes to those in need across our community. The team report "We couldn’t have chosen a hotter day to do this physical work, but it was all done with laughter and enthusiasm (until the end when we were laughing hysterically with tiredness)!! It was definitely a great team bonding day and I’d really recommend it if you get the opportunity." Awesome mahi team!
On 15 February, 52 students from Lincoln University Future Leader Programme worked super hard in the Fungi Farm and Native Berms, removing weeds. Some of these students were returning from the second time! What a massive help for the team and a positive for the community.
On 8 February, our Board members came together for our first board meeting of 2022 - half attending online and half attending in person. In these interesting times for us all to be navigating we so appreciate these awesome people, volunteering their time and toiling away in the background to support our work and keep us on track 👍
In the week starting 29 November, we organised for students from Christs' College to volunteer at a variety of organisations around Christchurch, as part of their annual Service Week. This year, the boys helped out at Richmond Community Gardens, the SPCA, Estuary Trust, Keep NZ Beautiful, Haven Mountain Bike Park, the Summit Road Society, and Cultivate. What a fantastic effort from these young people, who carried out a huge amount of work and made a real difference to their community!
On 23 November, we were thrilled to receive four beautiful, high quality, customised masks for our team - generously made and donated to us by Shelley, from Recycle Recreate. Don't we look flash! Shelley has spent 11 years volunteering for her local community association and has donated masks to many neighbours, friends and locals that need them in her community. What a legend 💪 Thank you Shelley for supporting us, and for the awesome work you do towards a more sustainable future!
On 18 November, a second team from Ernst & Young Christchurch spent a day at Packe Street Community Garden undertaking general tidy up in the gardens and mulching around plants. Thank you team for your hard work and dedication, it really makes a difference!
On 17 November, a team of five from Ernst & Young Christchurch chose to use their Volunteer Leave to undertake a working bee at the SPCA Christchurch centre. The hard working participants prompted many positive comments from staff at the centre, who mentioned the tremendous work they had achieved with line trimming and gardening on the grounds. Thanks to this fantastic team for their awesome mahi!
On 9 November, our colleagues from Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury travelled up from their Timaru and Ashburton offices to join us for the day. It was a fantastic opportunity to catch up, learn from each other, talk over the current issues we’re facing in the sector, and just generally support each other's work. A silver lining from that has stemmed from the Covid19 pandemic has been the increased collaboration we've enjoyed across our Volunteer Centre network. Thank you to Dellwyn and Wendy for spending the day with us!
On 19 October, as part of Recycle Week 2021, we launched our interactive Charity Op Shopping Map! This fantastic tool highlights the abundance of locations all around Canterbury to recycle your pre-loved household goods, or snap up a bargain for yourself. Take a look at the map and make a difference today!
On 19 August, we marked World Photo Day, by creating team photos - Disney style! Clockwise from top left we have Mary Ellen, Alison, Glenda and Tammy. It was a great way to "see" each other even while we were in lockdown!
On 12 August, we took part in the Lincoln University Student Expo, chatting to students about what's involved when you volunteer, and how you can give back to your community while gaining valuable skills - for life and your CV! It was great to see so many young people interested in volunteering and making a difference in this way. And, what a beautiful Spring day to top if off!
On 28 July, we held our annual Student Volunteering Expo in partnership with University of Canterbury to give students the opportunity to talk volunteering face-to-face with a range of organisations. As always, this event had a great turn out, the Undercroft was buzzing! Special shout out to Jessie, who volunteering to help us man our stall for the occasion. We met Jessie at a recent Employment Seminar for Refugees and Migrants hosted by St Barnabas Church. We were also joined by Kobe, a Hearing Dog who has recently joined the Vounteering Canterbury team, accompanying our Outreach Manager.
On 13 July, we were delighted to see the opening of the Fungi Farm, at Richmond Community Gardens. Many of our group volunteering teams have given time and effort to this community project, and it's wonderful to see all that come to fruition. What a positive contribution to the local community!
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.