National Volunteer Week - Weaving the people together

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Posted 14 June, 2024
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Katarzyna Hebda from Poland (left) and Adeline Toso from France (Right) were just two volunteers behind the Lilliput libraries event at the Mitre 10 MEGA Community Painting Day last year.

Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu National Volunteer Week is 16-22 June and is an opportunity to recognise, thank, and celebrate volunteers and their contributions to our communities.

This year’s theme is ‘Whiria te Tangata - Weaving the people together’. Volunteering offers opportunities for people to connect with others in the community who share a passion, share skills and knowledge, improve their sense of belonging and purpose, therefore enhancing both individual and collective wellbeing.

Volunteer South, one of 18 volunteer centres in New Zealand, will be sharing stories of volunteer impact across Central Otago and Dunedin / Coastal regions submitted by organisations as part of a ‘Celebration Stories’ campaign. “We encourage organisations to take this week to make a big fuss about their volunteer team - whether it’s a shout out on social media, having a celebratory morning tea or lunch, or even a heartfelt thank you card,” says Volunteer South’s Regional Lead, Neha Gosalia. “Most volunteers don’t expect anything in return but feel incredibly valued when they receive sincere thanks.”

In Queenstown Lakes, Volunteer South is hosting Find Your Perfect Match speed-dating style community connection events, where organisations and members of the public can learn about each other and discover volunteer opportunities. Find Your Perfect Match is a collaboration between QLDC Winterdaze (Wellbeing) and Welcoming Communities initiative, Volunteer South as well as The Kiwi Kit Community Trust.

“With all three partners sharing the key objective of supporting migrants and newcomers to feel more welcome and connected in their new home, this collaboration is perfectly aligned with the needs of our communities but equally with this year’s theme of ‘Weaving the people together,” Gosalia says.

However, no matter how long you’ve been in the area, Volunteer South welcomes anyone inspired to volunteer to come along to Find Your Perfect Match: 19 June (Wānaka) and 26 June, (Queenstown), or reach out to one of our team members!

“Our Community Connectors are well-informed about opportunities in the community and dedicated to help you find the role that is right for you. We thank all the incredible volunteers who strengthen their communities and welcome you to join them!’ Gosalia says.

Volunteer South supports and promotes volunteering creating stronger, connected communities. For more information contact Neha on neha@volunteersouth.org.nz or call 027 506 5777


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