On 17th and 18th October, some of our team attended the Volunteer Centre Network Association (VCNA) Hui, held at Wellington Zoo. The "Hui at the Zoo-i", as it became affectionately known, was the first face-to-face meeting with our Volunteer Centre colleagues in quite some time! In amongst the fun, there was plenty of getting to business, with teaching and collaboration between representatives from the multiple Volunteer Centres across the country. Thank you to everyone who was involved in organising, and all those who came along and participated. In particular we acknowledge funding from DIA which enabled us to hold this worthwhile two-day event.
On 12 September, we officially moved into our new home in the NEW Christchurch Community House, at 213 Lichfield Street! The building will eventually be owned by Christchurch Community House Trust, ensuring that there will always be a place in the heart of the city from which community organisations can do what they do best - provide a wrap around support for our community. The building will formally be opened later this year; however, we were delighted to welcome Rt Rev Richard Wallace, Anglican Maori Bishop, who blessed the building on Monday morning.
On 17 August, we had another successful group volunteering project with the South Island team from Lion Beverages this week! The group of 15 volunteers spent the day at 0800 Hungry, preparing food packs for distribution to those in need. They said: "We had an awesome day and it was a real eye opener for the team to see exactly what goes on behind the scenes and get in touch with the community who are reliant on these food parcels. Will definitely look to reach out again in the future to organise the next one! Thanks so much!"
On 25 July 2022, Volunteering New Zealand’s Kaihautu Chief Executive, Michelle Kitney, was in our region, and we were delighted to have an opportunity to catch up with her to talk current trends, challenges and opportunities within volunteer programmes, particularly following the past two years of uncertainty and change associated with the global pandemic. Michelle is passionate about working collaboratively and with impact within our sector and has a range of experience including mar-coms and social marketing, compliance and research. She has also volunteered extensively in community organisations that provide services and support for whanau and children and is currently the Chair of Bellyful New Zealand. Our colleagues at Volunteering Mid-South Canterbury are celebrating their 15th Anniversary and so it has been a celebratory week providing some great opportunities for us to sit down and talk volunteering with Michelle and our colleagues at Mid-South. Volunteering Canterbury provided support for that Centre’s opening and continues to collaborate closely with the team, as well as with our other colleagues at Volunteer Centres throughout New Zealand, as part of the Volunteer Centre Network Aotearoa (VCNA)
This year National Volunteer week (19-25 June) coincided with Matariki so we wanted to celebrate our 🌟Volunteer Stars🌟 not just at our awards ceremony on Monday but all week long in our office Matariki display! What an amazing bunch of people, doing some incredible things out in the community. This is their time to shine!