Volunteering & Giving Back

Waimakariri Driver Mentor Programme

Interested in volunteering and making a difference in your community? Join Waimakariri’s driver mentor programme that matches up learner drivers with full licenced volunteer mentors to help them learn safe driving practices and the skills needed to pass the Restricted Driver’s Licence test.

The programme is in partnership with The Salvation Army Rangiora with all cars, fuel, training and support provided by their team.

Mentors need to have a full licence for more than two years, commit to two one-hour driving sessions a week, and be patient and want to give back to their community.

Access to cars, fuel, training and support will all be provided.

Contact Carolyn Boswell for more information and to sign up!

Visit The Salvation Army Drivers Programme website for more information.

Volunteering Opportunities

One of the key themes in the Waimakariri District's Community Development Strategy was to support the volunteer sector to increase its capacity and capability.

There has been a lot of research developed around the volunteer experiences and their capacity in light of the impact of the earthquakes on the wider community. The "State of Volunteering in New Zealand Report" produced by Volunteering New Zealand, provides some key facts nationally in relation to the importance of volunteers in the sector stating that two-thirds of the non-profit sector workforce is made up of volunteers and their contribution is valued at over $3.3 billion. Their report also states that the majority of volunteer-involving organisations face considerable challenges with volunteer recruitment.

If you would like more information about Volunteering, please contact Aimee Claassens Community Development Facilitator.
Phone: 0800 965 468.

Last reviewed date: 12 Jun 2024