Volunteer Wellington – Your Community ConnectorWellington
Volunteer Wellington powers the community organisations in the Wellington region. We connect people with volunteer opportunities to contribute to our society in meaningful ways.
Each year, we recruit and refer over 2700 volunteers to our 400 not-for-profit member organisations, from Accent Learning to Zealandia. We help them to design the best possible volunteer programmes, ensuring they are inclusive, safe and make the most of what people offer. We provide professional development, run peer support groups, networking events, and mentoring so our community organisations can achieve their mission.
We also work with businesses through our Employee Volunteering programme, who contribute their skills, making a direct, and positive contribution through volunteering. In 2017, 1000 employees contributed to over 100 different community projects.
We do all this with a paid staff of eight part-timers and approximately 50 volunteers. We’re very proud of our work and the way we change people’s lives.
We believe in a more connected and inclusive society, and so do our individual supporters!
Your regular gift will change lives and strengthen the community and voluntary sector.
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Volunteer Wellington champions volunteering and builds the capacity and capability of communities in greater Wellington. We work with 400+ community based organisations, providing the essential volunteer workforce needed to sustain their services. We provide advice, mentoring and professional development in the management of volunteers to enhance the experience for both the organisation and the volunteer.
Andrew has been dancing since he was a two-year-old. A performing arts course at Whitireia was a natural progression for developing his talents after leaving school. But then there was a lull. What to do next was the big question?
Andrew’s sister Condios encouraged him to have an interview at Volunteer Porirua after her own positive experience. Andrew was surprised by the interview process. It was actually enjoyable – and interesting. He took a role with Te Riu o Whitireia – School Community Iwi Liaison , which involved remedial reading three times weekly with two young Samoan students at Mana College. Mana College staff were quick to observe Andrew’s skills and asked if he would also consider teaching a Samoan cultural group. This is now happening regularly; as is additional mentoring with his two students.
‘Before I came in to find this volunteering role I was quite lazy. Didn’t have much to do. It was getting too boring.’ The word ‘boring’ is definitely not part of Andrew’s vocabulary now.