Volunteering & Giving Back


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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 Serena Peychers, Administration Support. Ph: 03 311 8900


Workshops for the Volunteer Sector

funding ideas drawn around light bulb on notebookAll About Funding Series

Fit for Funding workshop

Date: Wednesday 18 March - 7pm-8.30pm

Register here

Does your group/organisation have all it needs to be fund application ready?

Topics will include group structures, policies and procedures, planning and evaluating and financial management. Hear success stories, helpful tips, where to find extra help and useful resources. If you have never applied for funding or have been unsuccessful in past applications this free workshop is for you.

Kaiapoi venue. Spaces are limited and registration is essential.


2020 Priorities for the Funding Sector forum

Date: Monday 23 March - 1pm-3pm, Woodend Community Centre

Please register by contacting sswfacilitator@gmail.com

A Social Services Waimakariri (SSW) forum including representatives from Internal Affairs (DIA), Rata Foundation, Partnering for Outcomes and WDC. Updates on funding priorities and other support services. Including question and networking time.


Successful Funding Requests

Date: Wednesday 29 April - 7pm

Register here

How to find the right funders for your group. Registering for online applications, top tips for successful funding applications. Practical, hands on workshop.

Kaiapoi venue. Spaces are limited and registration is essential.


Effective Governance Essentials - 3 part workshop series

Date: Wednesdays 11, 25 March and 8 April

Register here

This series is ideal for new members on non-profit boards, and other community group leadership roles, but also a valuable refresher on the essentials. Informative and practical and fun sessions.

  • Boards that make a difference – how to add value, understanding the role.
  • Keeping it legal – duties, liabilities and conflict of interest, what does it all mean?
  • Meetings – there must be a better way, practical tips to get the most out of a meeting.

Presented by Garth Nowland-Foreman, Director of LEAD Centre for Not for Profit Governance and Leadership

Registrations are for whole series. Groups are encouraged to register at least two members.

Rangiora Venue

Cost $50 per organisation, for up to 4 members for the three event series.

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