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 Wendy Howe, Community Development Facilitator. Ph: 03 311 8900


Volunteer Expos

Volunteer Expo

Groups and organisations who provide a range of community services around Waimakariri will have displays at these Volunteer Expos. They would love to chat to you about the various Volunteer roles and projects that might interest you. 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. There are also some great guided walks and history talks happening at the Pegasus Expo click here for more information.

Anyone attending the Expos will be in with a chance to WIN $250 GROCERY VOUCHER. Chat to a few of the organisations and fill in an entry form, easy as that.

Saturday 19 June 2021 - Kaiapoi Library 10am to 2pm

Friday 25 June 2021 - Pegasus Community Centre 5pm to 7pm

Saturday 26 June 2021, - Rangiora Library 10am to 2pm

Workshops for the Volunteer Sector

Upcoming Events

On Track

What is On Track?

On-Track is a six part programme of training sessions. These workshops will cover key information to help your community group or not for profit organisation ensure it is on track to success.

How can we register?

Follow this link for registration - https://events.humanitix.com/on-track. For enquiries please contact Wendy Howe wendy.howe@wmk.govt.nz, mob 021 432 028.

What will it cover?

Each session will be covering a different topic: Funding – Governance – Communications – Finance/Legal – People Management – Future Proofing. The sessions are planned as an overall suite of learning and groups are encouraged to participate in all six. See below for more information.

Who is it for?

This training will be ideal for board or committee members, managers or sole employees who may have taken on a new role and others who would simply like to be re-energised and refresh their knowledge.

When is it offered?

Friday mornings 9.00am to 12.30pm. One session will be offered per month from May to October. Each session will be a different topic.

  • 21 May 2021
  • 11 June 2021
  • 9 July 2021
  • 13 August 2021
  • 10 September 2021
  • 8 October 2021

Where will it be held?

The workshops will be held in the Woodend Community Centre - https://goo.gl/maps/wiLZSsG2rX1AWNTr6

What will it cost?

The fee per organisation for all six workshops, for up to two participants is $100. This subsidised training is possible due to funding from the Rata Foundation. Morning tea will be provided.

Can I book for just one session?

Priority registration is for organisations participating in all six sessions. The individuals representing the organisation may change per workshop. Per session registrations will be opened two weeks prior depending on availability of spaces.

What will each session be about?

  • Session One: Sustainable Funding - 21 May 2021
    Developing a funding strategy - building a sustainable income - donor documents - social enterprise. Led by Rachel Thornton
  • Session Two: Governance and Management - 11 June 2021
    Strategic planning – Roles – Stakeholder relationships. Led by Adam Hutchison and Rachel Thornton

  • Session Three: Financial and Legal– 9 July 2021
    Internal financial control –fraud protection – legislation updates - Privacy & Inc. Soc. Acts. Led by Community Capacity Accounting and Community Law

  • Session Four: Communications and Marketing – 13 August 2021
    Developing a communication plan – websites – social media – guidance document. Led by Gina McKenzie, Real Communications

  • Session Five: People Management – 10 September 2021
    NGO dynamics, Boards/Volunteer/Staff – Volunteer agreements and appreciation –Inductions. Led by Waimakariri District Council and Volunteer Canterbury

  • Session Six: Future Proofing - 8 October 2021
    Health check – Succession planning – Reviews – Evaluations - Funding reports – Changes challenge/opportunity – Sustainability, Led by WDC Community Team

How can I find out more?

For enquiries please contact Wendy Howe wendy.howe@wmk.govt.nz, mob 021 432 028.

Printable PDF

Click the following link to download a printable PDF with all of the above information - OnTrackInformation.pdf

If you have any ideas that could be of value to others in the community please contact Wendy Howe.

Past Events

All About Funding Series

This series of three events was organised in partnership by Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), Social Services Waimakariri (SSW) and Waimakariri District Council (WDC).

  • Hot Tips for Funding Requests - June 2020
    This workshop focused on how to write great funding applications. Trish Hughes from Community Operations, DIA guides participants through the Lottery Community request form with tips on what information to include.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uwAUBud3g8
  • Funders’ forum - May 2020
    Representatives from DIA, Rata Foundation and WDC each shared information on current funding opportunities, priorities and how to apply. The forum was facilitated by SSW.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6DXmJBUBOQ
  • Fit for Funding - March 2020
    This workshop discussed the elements needed for an organisation to be fund application ready. Governance structure, well defined vision, purpose, values, planning and policies, meetings, financial controls, evaluation etc. Lead by Trish Hughes, Community Advisor, DIA.

Performance Reviews for Volunteers - February 2020

Understanding the purpose of performance reviews, components of effective performance reviews and creating a performance framework that links to an organisation’s culture.

Presented by Liz Ashton, Council’s Organisational Development and Human Resources Manager.

Health & Safety - September/October 2019

Covered the duties and responsibilities of volunteers and volunteer organisations under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Presented by Charlotte Browne, Council’s Health, Safety and Quality Manager