Volunteering New Zealand is encouraging more people to give time to their communities if they are able.
This week is National Volunteer Week and chief executive Vanisa Dhiru says volunteers are ‘‘the driving force’’ behind so many services in New Zealand.
‘‘If you want to get involved in volunteering think about the groups, schools, neighbours and initiatives you are already connected to and see if they need a hand.
‘‘Talk to people in your network and see what you can do to help. Contact a regional volunteering centre through volunteeringnz.org.nz if you are unsure how to help,’’ Ms Dhiru says.