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.

Happy International Volunteers Day

It's been a hive of activity in Ashburton this morning as we celebrated International Volunteers Day with our "Thank you for Bee-ing a Honey and Volunteering" event.

Thanks to New World Ashburton for the amazing and delicious Bumble Bee Cupcakes - they were a great hit.
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Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury want to thank all the wonderful volunteers in our communities, you do make a difference and your volunteering is appreciated.

The Hon Poto Williams - Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector also appreciates what you do as you can see by this letter from the Minister.
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Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury is all a buzz today as we celebrate International Volunteers Day in Ashburton.

Its a hive of activity with our "Thanks for Bee-ing a Honey and Volunteering" event.

We are very grateful to all the businesses that have supported our event enabling us to say thank you to some amazing volunteers.
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Congratulations to those from Mid & South Canterbury who last night were presented with Kiwibank Local Hero Awards for 2020, in Christchurch.

The Kiwibank Local Hero Medallists from the Canterbury and South Canterbury regions.

Back rows: Sarah Scott (collected on behalf of Fred Bartrum), Noel Burns, Louise Haley, Allan Blaikie, Bridget Kelly, Diane Nutsford, Jan Murphy, Alexandra Poetschke, Anna Mason, Yvonne Hiskemuller, Kenneth Clearwater, Paul Munnerley, Marlene Ingram, Paul Chamberlain, Peter Zhu, Timothy David Baker, Ian Thomas, Gavin Reed, Elle Perriam

Front row: Gamal Fouda, Ahmed Tani, George Wright, Kathleen Hood, Zhiyan Basharati, Kimberli Schuitman, Hayley Guglietta, Janice Sherborne, Jo Johnson

Absent: Michelle Sharp, Susan Foster-Cohen, Gabrielle Huria, Paul O’Brien, E Wen Wong, Keith Bartholomew

It was a wonderful evening and to hear each persons story reminds us of the great districts we live in.

A special Congratulations and well done to supporter of Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury in the Ashburton District - Pup Chamberlain on receiving a Kiwibank Local Hero Award.

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Years ago Tony Quaid was working full time and didn’t think he had time to volunteer. He was asked if he would help Mid Canterbury Group Riding for the Disabled with their secretarial work. Tony said there was no reason for him to say no. He took on the role of secretary and ably filled it for about 20 years.

Tony is the Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury and Hotel Ashburton October Volunteer of the Month.

He then decided it was time to move on and resigned. It was really just a leave of absence because within a few months he was asked to be Treasurer and again he had no reason to no.

Tony is the “quite backroom worker” who is dedicated to his volunteering having given forty five years’ service. Tony says the team at Riding for the Disabled are a good and happy team which he enjoys being part of. There are roles for a variety of people who want to volunteer with Riding for the Disabled.

For Tony volunteering is about being part of team and feeling you are useful in the community. He says ‘it’s important in the community that people volunteer, as if each person does something for some else, even if it’s only small, it adds to the quality of life for the citizens of that community”

Does your organisation know someone who deserves to be nominated for Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury Volunteer of the Month? Contact our offices in Ashburton or Timaru to get a form -, or
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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.