Volunteering – improving your mental health.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, Volunteering Central highlighted the benefits of volunteering and the positive impact it has on an individual’s mental well-being and that of the wider community. Alexandra based Jo O’Connor lives and breathes this notion. Jo works for WellSouth as a Health Promoter and as a volunteer she can talk first-hand about … Read more

Bruce Jefford, Queenstown Community Patroller

London born Bruce Jefford emigrated to New Zealand in 2001 and has lived in Queenstown for the last 18 years. A retired police officer, hotelier and restauranteur Bruce now enjoys walking, playing golf and volunteering. He is an active member of Rotary, Abbeyfield House and since June 2017 has been the Chair of Queenstown Community … Read more

Offering a helping hand at Happiness House, Queenstown

Offering a helping hand at Happiness House, Queenstown National Volunteer Week celebrates the collective contribution of the 1.2 million volunteers who enrich Aotearoa New Zealand. This year’s theme, chosen by Volunteering New Zealand, is “Whiria te tangata – weaving the people together”. Locally, volunteers weave our communities together by fulfilling a diverse range of roles … Read more

Connect to your community through volunteering.

Jan Scown is a local woman who enjoys contributing to her community through volunteering. Born in South Taranaki, Jan has a background in psychology and worked primarily in the disability field; directly with those facing barriers due to disabilities as well as in government. Like many people, Jan came to Wanaka on holiday before deciding … Read more

Looking for Leaders in Cromwell

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Glenda Williams, who as well as being a local childminder and full time mum, is the Unit Leader for Cromwell Girl Guides, New Zealand’s largest girl only organisation.  The Cromwell unit was established over nine years ago and offers girls and young women opportunities to enjoy a … Read more

Would you like to work for Volunteering Central?

Volunteering Central Project Coordinator: Alexandra An exciting opportunity has arisen to get involved with Volunteering Central, a division of Volunteering Otago. We are looking for someone passionate about volunteering who is able to continue to raise awareness of volunteering and increase local participation in the non-profit and community benefit sector in Alexandra and support our work … Read more