Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury

Volunteering fulfils a social service, builds confidence and
identity, provides skills and a pathway to employment as well as
adding variety and value to life.

Volunteering is for everyone.


Looking for a Volunteering Position?

Start by registering on our online database. If you would simply prefer to talk through current volunteer options available, we can meet with you. Telephone us to make an appointment.

Latest News & Events

Keep up to date with what we are doing at Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury.

Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraiser for the Australian Fire Fighters. We had tremendous support and nearly $600 was raised for the Fire Fighters in New South Walse and Victoria. ... See MoreSee Less

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An update from Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury on some of the steps we are taking to support government and community efforts to manage Covid 19.

We will not be holding any trainings, workshops, Managers gatherings or networking events for the foreseeable future.

The planned recognition of Student Volunteer Week has been cancelled and for now we won't be planning any events to celebrate National Volunteer Week. If this changes you will be informed.

If you want to engage with Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury please email us or phone us but please don't come into our offices in Community House.

Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury place a high value on the health and we'll being of all our staff, volunteers, Managers of Volunteers, Boards and the organisations, funders and business we work with and who we support or we are supported by.

With the ever evolving situation we need to work together and support each other. Thank you for your cooperation.
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Lisa Bird, the Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury and Hotel Ashburton Volunteer of the Month, describes her volunteering as the coolest job ever and encourages others to become an SPCA kitten foster parent like she is.

Fostering doesn’t mean Lisa has to be with them constantly, they are at home while they she is at work. As a foster parent Lisa feeds, loves, socialises, cuddles and cleans up after the kittens and describes it as a absolute pleasure and so much fun.

For 18 months know Lisa has fostered kittens for the SPCA and during that time she has had about 55 balls of energetic and mischievous fun come and live in her house with her.

With a love of cats it is not surprising that when Lisa saw the call for foster parents that she responded.

It’s hard for Lisa to send the kittens to the adoption unit at the local SPCA and she often sheds tears but knowing the happy and health kittens off to be loved by a new family makes it a little easier. Lisa’s knows the kittens don’t mind who they are with if they are being looked after and love, she said unlike dog’s, cats and kittens show no loyalty.

Foster parents are called on when needed, sometimes the stream of foster kittens is constant but as a volunteer foster parent you can have holidays when you need them. Lisa does sometimes take her foster kittens on a little vacation to a favourite spot of hers. This is good for the kittens as they get to socialise with a whole range of people and sometimes dogs, all this makes rehoming them easier.

Depending on the needs the kittens come with they are usually with her for 4-5 weeks. And she has only ever had one kitten that SPCA had to find another foster home for.

As a foster parent Lisa says she is so well supported by the amazing team of volunteers and staff at the SPCA in Ashburton. The SPCA provides the food, kitty litter and pay for vet visits. Foster parents do take the kittens to the vet.

The SPCA relies on donations and volunteers. They need donations to keep the services operating and they need more great volunteers like Lisa to be foster parents

Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury appreciates all the wonderful volunteers in our community. We are always on the lookout for nominations. Nomination forms are available by contacting Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury, Community House, 44 Cass Street Ashburton, ph 3081237 ext 240 or email or pick up a copy at Four Square in Rakaia.

Photo courtesy of Ashburton Courier
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Community Operations South Island - Department of Internal Affairs's - Ashburton COGS Public Meeting
Hosted by Community Operations South Island - Department of Internal Affairs on 24th March has been cancelled.
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Happy St Patrick's Day from the team at Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury.

Photo l-r - Christine Muff Birthright Canterbury, Marie McAnulty Seeds Mid Canterbury and Dellwyn Moylan Mid Canterbury Co-ordinator Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury
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Our Services

We work with volunteers and with community organisations.

For Volunteers

Volunteering is any activity that involves giving your unpaid time, energy and skills for the greater good.

Volunteers create positive changes in many areas.

Human rights, faith communities, health, education, sports and recreation, social services, arts and culture, emergency services, the environment and conservation, animal welfare, and community support development – and that’s just the beginning.

For Community Organisations

Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury offers support in all things volunteering.

We are here to support volunteers and voluntary organisations. We provide  training, information, advocacy, recruitment, placement, recognition and promotion of volunteering.

Community Accounts Service

Bookkeeping assistance for not-for-profit groups.

Groups who are FINANCIAL MEMBERS of Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury, can benefit from FREE ADVICE, and SUPPORT with all matters FINANCIAL / ADMINISTRATION.

We also provide a FULL BOOKKEEPING SERVICE to members.