Vol­un­teer­ing takes new di­rec­tion after 25 years

Wairarapa News - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

Un­der the name of Vol­un­teer­ing Wairarapa, this newly in­cor­po­rated or­gan­i­sa­tion will in­crease and broaden its ser­vices across the Wairarapa with its mis­sion of mak­ing it easy for peo­ple to vol­un­teer.

Es­tab­lished in 2014, Vol­un­teer­ing Wairarapa based at the Wairarapa Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at 41 Perry Street, has dou­bled the num­ber of vol­un­teers in the past year of peo­ple want­ing to help out in their neigh­bour­hoods and com­mu­ni­ties.

Over 80 or­gan­i­sa­tions in the vol­un­tary sec­tor have been as­sisted to re­cruit new vol­un­teers.

Gov­erned by eight board mem­bers, Vol­un­teer­ing Wairarapa is now part of Vol­un­teer­ing New Zealand and its na­tional net­work of 21 cen­tres, which pro­motes, rep­re­sents and sup­ports vol­un­teers and vol­un­teer­ing through­out New Zealand.

Led by newly elected chair­per­son Roger Tweedy, the board have re­cruited Jill Great­head as their re­gional man­ager to ex­pand Vol­un­teer­ing Wairarapa into the five Wairarapa com­mu­ni­ties – Master­ton, Carter­ton, Grey­town, Feather­ston and Mart­in­bor­ough.

Roger Tweedy, who set up the Welling­ton Vol­un­teer Cen- tre 25 years ago said it is a re­gion ex­pe­ri­enc­ing growth and change.

‘‘Vol­un­teer­ing will play a key role, not only in as­sist­ing long­stand­ing Wairarapa res­i­dents, but also peo­ple who move here, to bring en­ergy and skills to ex­ist­ing groups and help es­tab­lish in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tives.

‘‘We work with vol­un­teers to strengthen our com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to em­brace new and old res­i­dents to con­trib­ute to their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,’’ he said.

Jill Great­head be­came a vol­un­teer 20 years ago, when she be­came a first-time par­ent tak­ing vol­un­teer roles with Wairarapa Par­ent Cen­tre, Play­cen­tre and Toy Li­brary.

She said that she has been amazed by the tal­ent and com­mit­ment of vol­un­teers.

Any­one who is keen to find out more about Vol­un­teer­ing Wairarapa is wel­come to at­tend their Vol­un­teer­ing Aware­ness Evening held from 6pm to 7pm on Thurs­day 19th Oc­to­ber at the Wairarapa Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at 41 Perry Street Master­ton, or for more in­for­ma­tion about Vol­un­teer­ing Wairarapa you can visit www.waivc.org.nz.

MUR­RAY WIL­SON/FAIR­FAX NZ

Vol­un­teers of all ages are needed.

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