Employers giving back; training; outreach; celebrations; membership; availability

It’s heartening to watch the growing success of our Employer Supported Volunteering programme. This month business groups were matched with projects at Ronald McDonald House, St Vincent de Paul, and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. Supporters of the programme appreciate how it solves their corporate social responsibility (CSR) requirements, and how it leads to happier and more engaged staff – some of the many benefits.

VolCan training workshops make a practical difference to time-starved volunteer managers seeking upskilling opportunities. “Creating a Dream Team – Recruiting, Selecting and Training Volunteers” brimmed with professionals seeking answers to burning volunteer issues. Helen Kidd facilitated the well-attended seminar, and participants felt better equipped for overcoming challenges while building a strong team.

The hectic outreach schedule encompassed presentations and face-to-face time with many people at U3A Avon branch, Children’s Day, Culture Galore, Linwood Youth Festival (LYFE), and at three University careers fairs. The Volcan team were kept busy, discussing how volunteering gives back and builds stronger communities, with both the young, and the young at heart. It’s always fascinating to trial new ways to reach out and show how beneficial volunteering is for individuals, their communities, and also for informal networking. Our Outreach Co-ordinator, Glenda Martin, keeps volunteering fresh in people’s eyes and manages to fit so much into limited time.

W.E.A. Canterbury launched their centennial celebrations, marking the fine achievement of providing low-cost adult education in Christchurch, for the last hundred years. We accepted CPIT’s invite to the opening of their new “Whareora” building, along with Prime Minister John Key, and others. There we bumped into quite a few other not-for-profit representatives whom we don’t often get to see. We regularly give presentations to CPIT’s ‘New Outlook for Women’ course, and were very impressed with their new space.

New member organisations that joined us this month were: Multiple Sclerosis & Parkinson’s Society Inc., Niu Economic & Enterprise Development Trust (Pacific welfare), and Selwyn Parenting Network Inc. Membership of VolCan provides access to our referral service, cheaper workshops, and first-hand expertise to help build your organisation.

It is good to hear that our online referral system is gaining fans for its ease of use, and searchability. As ever, we are just a phone call away if technology flummoxes you (except when we’re nibbling on Easter eggs).


Volunteer Awareness Week 1990

Vicki Buck & Judith Hay in Square, VAW 1990_640x480

This photo shows Vick Buck who was the Mayor of Christchurch, with Judith, Lady Hay, who was our Chair at the time, in Cathedral Square celebrating Volunteer Awareness Week in 1990.

What voluntary work were you doing in 1990?

Young Volunteers

Citation readers, YVA Claudia on left, Annabelle right Dec. 2008 YVA_640x480

Claudia (left) and Annabelle read the citations at our 2008 Youth Volunteer Awards.  I wonder what volunteer work they’re doing these days?

Valerie Adams volunteered for VolCan

In 2004 Valerie Adams kindly agreed to present Youth Volunteer Awards on International Volunteer day.

Chrissie Williams & Valerie Adams

Chrissie Williams & Valerie Adams

Here she is with Chrissie Williams who was our Chairperson at the time.   Have you ever been to one of our Award ceremonies?


Volunteers on display

For several days in 2007 we had volunteers sitting in the window of Community House demonstrating a variety of voluntary roles.

Volunteers on display

Volunteers on display

These two women are from Cavell-Leitch Law, and they did this as part of their involvement in our Employer Supported Volunteering Programme.

Balloons and Festivity

Preparing for Volunteer Awareness Week

Preparing for Volunteer Awareness Week

In this picture friends from Christchurch Community House are helping us to get ready for Volunteer Awareness Week in 1997.  This photo appeared in a “Press” feature to mark the week.  Our Manager Ruth Gardner is standing third from right.  Next to her in the white shirt is Mike Asmussen, Community House Manager.  Do you recognise anyone else?

Open Day 2000

This was the entrance to our offices in the old Community House at 187 Cashel Street.

Canterbury Volunteer Centre @ 187 Cashel St

Canterbury Volunteer Centre @ 187 Cashel St

It wasn’t until 2001 that we changed our name to Volunteering Canterbury.  The displays were set up for an Open Day.  Did you ever visit us in Cashel Street?