Volunteer Marlborough

Community Organisation

Volunteer Marlborough
25 Alfred Street
Blenheim 7201
21 hours ago

Seven NEW ways to give back

Hannah Cunningham from Volunteer Marlborough

We've added a bunch more volunteering opportunities!
Here are seven NEW ways that you can give back to the Marlborough community:
- Driver at St Marks Addiction Residential Treatment Centre
- Shop Assistant at the SPCA Op Shop
- Handyman at the SPCA Renwick Centre or St Marks
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We've added a bunch more volunteering opportunities!
Here are seven NEW ways that you can give back to the Marlborough community:
- Driver at St Marks Addiction Residential Treatment Centre
- Shop Assistant at the SPCA Op Shop
- Handyman at the SPCA Renwick Centre or St Marks
- Reception Reliever at Hospice Marlborough
- Adviser at Citizens Advice Bureau
- Home & Garden Assistant with Supporting Families
- Equipment Delivery/Collections Helper with Hospice Marlborough

Apply online by clicking the read more button below.

Alternatively, send us a message, call 03 577 9388, email vm@volunteermarlborough.org.nz, or book an appointment online via our main Facebook page.⁠

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1 day ago

Derek's story - volunteering as a language tutor

Hannah Cunningham from Volunteer Marlborough

We recently got the chance to have a chat with another fabulous local volunteer! Here's Derek's story of what he does as a Home Tutor with English Language Partners, and why he gives his time in this way:⁠

• What do you do when you volunteer? As a home tutor, I provide … View more
We recently got the chance to have a chat with another fabulous local volunteer! Here's Derek's story of what he does as a Home Tutor with English Language Partners, and why he gives his time in this way:⁠

• What do you do when you volunteer? As a home tutor, I provide one-to-one English language tuition for people who haven't grown up speaking the language and support the learner I am paired with as they practice speaking and understanding English. The learners attend regular group classes at ELP but they also need to practice outside of that and that's where I come in. Most learners are recent migrants, but some have been here several years and are involved in one of the more advanced programs that ELP offers.

At the moment, I am paired with a learner who spoke absolutely no English when they joined the English Language Partners service. We started with nouns and then move onto verbs, and leave the grammar to last. Along the way, I also teach the learner about NZ culture and customs (and they teach me about theirs).

• What is your favorite part? Getting to see the learner succeed and how happy they are when something clicks into place. At whatever level, there's always successes.

• Why did you start volunteering? I've volunteered for most of my life in various roles but I was drawn to this particular role because of my background as a teacher and because I know that one of the most important things in life is being able to communicate. When people face barriers to communication, it can be very isolating.

I have also served as a Volunteer Chaplain with St John, I'm involved in the Ulysses Club, and I get involved with the Institute of Advanced Motorists because these are all things that I'm interested in I believe they are important for our society.

• What impact does your volunteer work have? As a home tutor, my work helps the learner to settle in and integrate into the Marlborough community (and NZ society in general). I believe that without this, many learners (who tend to be recent migrants) can be mystified by our society and our customs, and then they are more likely to withdraw instead of engaging socially. So there's a benefit to the learner but also a benefit to the wider community

• What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting volunteering? Do it! Unless you try, you won't know if it's a good fit for you or what you can get out of it.

• Is there anything else you would like to add? People often think of volunteers as amateurs and thus less skilled, talented, or knowledgeable than professionals. However, from my time as a languages teacher, I remember that 'amateur' is a French word that originally meant someone who is passionate about something or "one who loves". I think it's important for volunteers to know that they aren't less valuable just because they aren't paid.

Feeling inspired by Derek's story? You can check out available volunteer roles and apply online by clicking the read more button below.

Alternatively, send us a message, call 03 577 9388, email vm@volunteermarlborough.org.nz, or book an appointment online via our main Facebook page.⁠

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3 days ago

Opportunity of the week

Hannah Cunningham from Volunteer Marlborough

Would you like to share practical life skills, and support/mentor whanāu?
Consider volunteering as a Korowai Aroha Programme Mentor.
The goal is to build self-confidence by sharing practical knowledge that will enable whanau to learn new skills and make the most of the finances and resources … View more
Would you like to share practical life skills, and support/mentor whanāu?
Consider volunteering as a Korowai Aroha Programme Mentor.
The goal is to build self-confidence by sharing practical knowledge that will enable whanau to learn new skills and make the most of the finances and resources available to them.

We especially need people with experience and skills in:
- Raising tamariki/children
- Running a household
- Cooking and baking
- Growing your own kai/food
- Basic budgeting
- Sewing or other crafts

Our Ideal Volunteers are:
- Empathetic and non-judgemental
- Patient with good communication skills
- Enjoy working with whanau
- Have a good sense of humour.

If you have skills and experience that may enhance the lives of whanau, we would love to hear from you.

Apply online by clicking the read more button below.
Alternatively, send us a message, call 03 577 9388, email vm@volunteermarlborough.org.nz, or book an appointment online via our main Facebook page.⁠

7 days ago

NEW opportunity to give back at Hospice

Hannah Cunningham from Volunteer Marlborough

NEW ROLE: 'Equipment Delivery/Collections Helper' at Hospice Marlborough
Make a difference in the lives of hospice patients and their families by helping hospice staff deliver equipment to patients living in the community, and picking it up when it is no longer required.

The Marlborough … View more
NEW ROLE: 'Equipment Delivery/Collections Helper' at Hospice Marlborough
Make a difference in the lives of hospice patients and their families by helping hospice staff deliver equipment to patients living in the community, and picking it up when it is no longer required.

The Marlborough Hospice owns a van which helpers will use for deliveries/collections. This van has a lift in the back to enable equipment to be put in and taken out with minimum lifting involved. A reasonable level of physical fitness/strength is still required, however, as some items can be rather heavy.
Helpers will always work in pairs.
Deliveries/collections will generally take 1 - 2 hours. However, sometimes patients live outside the Blenheim area and this will extend the amount of time helpers are needed for.
There are no fixed times for this role. While staff try to keep deliveries and collections to Wednesdays and Fridays, this is an on-call role for which hospice staff will call volunteers when required. As such, volunteers can decline if they are not available for a particular delivery/collection.

Locations: mostly Blenheim are surrounding areas, but the Marlborough Hospice does service the entire Marlborough region so occasional trips to/from outlying areas such as the Sounds will be needed.

A full health and safety induction and training (including training on safe lifting) will be provided to all volunteers in this role. In addition, new helpers will be paired with more experienced helpers.

Requirements:
- Full and clean driver licence (no endorsements necessary).
- We're looking for friendly, empathic people with a reasonable level of physical fitness.

A Ministry of Justice background check is required for this role.

Apply online by clicking the read more button below.

Alternatively, send us a message, call 03 577 9388, email vm@volunteermarlborough.org.nz, or book an appointment online via our main Facebook page.⁠

9 days ago

Volunteer story: Local Red Cross shop volunteer

Hannah Cunningham from Volunteer Marlborough

We recently got the chance to have a chat with another fabulous local volunteer! Here's Chetan's story of what he does as a volunteer Shop Assistant at the Red Cross Shop in Blenheim, and why he gives his time in this way:

• What do you do when you volunteer? The day starts with an … View more
We recently got the chance to have a chat with another fabulous local volunteer! Here's Chetan's story of what he does as a volunteer Shop Assistant at the Red Cross Shop in Blenheim, and why he gives his time in this way:

• What do you do when you volunteer? The day starts with an update from our manager, Coral and then I make a quick round through the shop and plan a new theme for a day or start rearranging the shop. The manager and my companion Freda give an idea about what's going on in Blenheim. So based on the customer's mentality, we arrange the shop and displays. We try to make the shop as attractive as possible.

• What is your favorite part? Making a new theme of the week, interacting with the customers, and helping them to get the right product. Another favorite part is reading books from the shelf when we have a bit of spare time. It’s a charity shop so people usually donate good books; we have an amazing collection!

• Why did you start volunteering? I was jobless due to the COVID19 lockdown. I’m a science-focussed person and it's important to me to do something fruitful so I decided to do a volunteering job to keep myself busy.

• What do you do when you are not volunteering? I enjoy photography and reading books from the shop.

• What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting volunteering? Anyone, especially youngsters with ample available time, should do some volunteer job as it joins us to the community and also helps to understand the community. For me, volunteering helped me to better understand Kiwi culture as I am Indian.

• Is there anything else you would like to add? I think volunteering helps me to keep my mental health during this tough time and it is a good way to socialize. I’m thankful to get an opportunity to work with the Red Cross!

Chetan found his volunteer role at the Red Cross Shop as well as another volunteer role at Rural Youth and Adult Literacy Trust via our website. If you are feeling inspired by Chetan's story, you can check out all available roles by clicking the 'read more' button below.

Alternatively, call 03 577 9388, email vm@volunteermarlborough.org.nz, or book an appointment online via our main Facebook page.

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