Volunteering takes new direction after 25 years
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.
Volunteers of all ages are needed.