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.

Would you like to be a KNZB? – A keep New Zealand Beautifier

The Ashburton District Keep New Zealand Beautiful clean up activity is on Saturday 7th September?

If everyone does their bit we can help make a real difference in our community.

Volunteers are needed to help with a clean-up project in Ashburton on Saturday 7th September.

The area being targeted is the bike track from Melrose Road in the west to Ashburton River Bridge in the east. Looking at a 9am start and be all done by midday. This will depend on the number of people they get of course. They will probably have half meet at river bridge end of track and other half meet up at Melrose Road end of track.

Volunteers need to bring a large bottle of water for themselves plus maybe some gardening gloves, disposable rubber gloves (not ideal as they get very sweaty!) plus some hand sanitizer and some morning tea. Rubbish bags will be supplied

If anyone has a trailer they can borrow that would be great as they need a trailer at each end of the track.

If you would like to volunteer or have a trailer they can use please email Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury with your name and phone no.
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Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury really appreciate the financial support they receive from Community Organisation Grants Scheme.

COGS assists us to offer our services to volunteers and the organisations that engage volunteers.

Our services include recruiting and referring volunteers, providing free and subsidised training and workshops, advocacy, support and information to organisations who engage volunteers, we promote volunteering, offer recognition events for volunteers and recognise volunteers with our monthly Volunteer of the Month award in conjunction with Hotel Ashburton in Mid Canterbury and various businesses in South Canterbury,

Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury say a big thank you to Community Organisation Grants Scheme for their support of our work.
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Young people, fun and food - that's what I discovered the day I went along to Base Youth Centre to volunteer.

School was out and the young people chattering away flowed through the door. The day I visited pizza and wraps were on the menu so we set about preparing the ingredients for the young people to make their own.

As they ate the shared with each other and the adults present how their week had gone and what was going on in their lives. A friendly listening ear from an adult seemed appreciated.

After the food was over they chilled out on the computer, on the coach, listening to music, playing games and doing craft activities.

Base Youth Centre offers a safe space for young people to hang out after school and in the holidays, to chill, do homework or learn new things.

Bases offers a variety of programmes as well. Base's new co-ordinator Jenny would welcome people to come and teach the young people skills so if you have a skill or talent and would like to teach some young people then please be in touch with Base. If you had any surplus goods like craft material contact Jenny to see if they could use them.

If you check out our database you will find other volunteering roles that Base Youth Centre has.
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Do you ever have conflict in your volunteer organisation?

Are there times as a manager you have to have difficult conversations with your volunteers?

Would you like to up skill in mediation and negotiation skills for your work in the volunteering arena?

Then we have the workshop for you.

It's a free workshop for volunteers and managers of volunteers.

Our workshop is on Tuesday 20th August from 10am-11.30am at Community House Mid Canterbury.

Register by emailing Registrations close mid day Monday 19th August.

Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury is grateful to Advance Ashburton Community Foundation for their financial support enabling us to bring these workshops to volunteer organisations.
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Are you on the governing Board of a local sports club/group?

If you,are we have the training for you.

Jon Derry from Sport Canterbury is facilitating a free workshop on Effective Governance on Tuesday 13th August from 7-8.30pm at Community House 44 Cass Street, Ashburton.

This workshop will focus on:
Constitution, purpose and people of the Board
Developing a clear understanding of Governance verse Operational Management.
Leading, developing and implementing strategic direction.
Managing risk and organisational sustainability.

To register email
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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.