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 Wendy Howe, Community Development Facilitator.
Phone: 0800 965 468.
Volunteer Expos have been held in the last few years in the Kaiapoi and Rangiora libraries and at Pegasus community Centre. Groups and organisations who provide a range of community services around Waimakariri showcased their volunteer opportunities at these Volunteer Expos.
It's a great chance to chat about the various Volunteer roles and projects that might interest community members. Volunteering in the community is good for you and good for others. You can gain new skills, share your knowledge and experience, add extra fulfilment to your life, make others feel better, improve the environment and enjoy a sense of giving back.
We hope to be able to host the Expos regularly and If you would like to be involved please contact Wendy - details above.