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.

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

Do you love animals and care about their wellbeing?

If you have some time, even an hour to spare on Friday 5th March 2021 Ashburton SPCA is looking for volunteres to help with their annual appeal collection in Ashburton between 9am-3pm.

To volunteer go to or ph Lauren on 0220154275
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Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2021 is about" The Great Plant Swap"

There are a variety of activities and events being organisaed in Mid Canterbury

We need volunteers to help make envelopes for the plant and seed swap which is taking place from the 20-30th March 2021.

If you have an hour to spare between 9.30am-10.30am on Friday 12th March come along to Eco Educate Centre, at the Ashburton Resource Park on Range Street. Ashburton

Eco Educate are running the envelope making workshop.

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions please email or phone 3081237 ext 240
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Are you interested in helping the Refugees that are making Ashburton home?

As you may be aware, the New Zealand Refugee Quota Program has restarted and Ashburton are to receive their first refugee family on Friday 16th April, and then another four families by July 2021.

This is very exciting for the Refugee Settlement Support Service, the Ashburton District and the refugee families themselves.

If you would like to find out about how to support the new families, you are invited to a volunteer information evening on Thursday March 11th at Community House, 44 Cass St. from 7.00pm – 8.00pm.

This information session will give you an idea on how the Refugee Settlement Support Service intend to support the families during their settlement and the important role volunteers will play in helping the families adjust to their new home.

If you are unable to go to the information evening, a show of interest form will be made available at Community House reception after March 11th.

The Refugee Settlement Support Service look forward to meeting anyone interested in volunteering.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kathy Harrington-Watt, Refugee Settlement Support Team Leader, Migrant Support Social Worker, Safer Mid Canterbury, 6433081395 ext 242
Cell 027 296 0003 or
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Do you want to see children’s face light up with a smile, hear the sound of laughter as kids have fun, be part of a wonderful event that is free for all families in Mid Canterbury and is an iconic event on the Mid Canterbury calendar.

Volunteers are needed for Mid-Canterbury's Children's Day Celebration, which is being held in the Tinwald Domain, on Maronan Road, Tinwald, Ashburton, on Sunday 7th March 2021. The Day officially starts at 10.30am and finishes at 2.30pm. It is up to you as to how long you could assist for during this time. Over 4000 people attend this free family day..

Mid Canterbury Children’s Day need volunteers to supervisor and to help keep queue lines orderly - they have a huge range of activities where attendees need to queue at - AMAC Bungy, Inflatables, Train Rides - which are manned constantly throughout the day. Great Communication skills are required to relate to the young and old. The ability to supervise and organise the line if required, to prevent any disruption to those waiting is essential, and being able to stand for a period of time are vital parts to the role. You'll also need to watch for any persons acting in an unsafe manner around the activity - you are a vital role!

They also need volunteers to assist with a variety of roles including face-painting, dressing as an animal or other character, assisting in the information tent, tent assembling the day before and on the day tent dismantling, collecting rubbish, gathering in signage, toilet return, cleaning of facilities etc and general help.

You will be required to sign in and out on their attendance register and supplied with an identifying Badge. What should you bring? A hat, sunscreen (there will be some supplied), drink, rug or chair and most importantly, a huge smile. For many children, these activities are a 'first' and it is delightful to witness their responses and enjoyment. A meal break is allocated to those able to help for the 4 hours - lunch is supplied. This event is free of charge for all families. Parking is available in the Tinwald Domain, Marshalls will be directing traffic into this area.

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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.