March/April 2015
Welcome to the Wairarapa Volunteer Centre. Record number of volunteers registered this month! We also have some new organisations on board, Sport Wellington, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Lifeline. 
“Strength to Strength” Workshop:
Clair Teal presented our first workshop to managers of volunteers; on how to work creatively with volunteers to grow your organisation.
“Introduction to Volunteering” Training:
Preparing for a new role, what an organisation looks for, being clear of your commitment, your personal development and how to keep it fun. These topics were covered recently in two workshops offered to volunteers registered with WVC.
These workshops were made possible due to funding from
Infinity Foundation Ltd
Stephen Tindall from The Tindall Foundation who is one of the Wairarapa Volunteer Centre funders, has achieved New Zealander of the Year 2015. He is a great advocate and supporter of volunteering here in New Zealand. Congratulations Stephen from us here at the Wairarapa Volunteer Centre.
Five Masterton volunteers were honoured with civic awards at a ceremony in the Masterton Town Hall recently. Judy Brown (Sports and Leisure), Beverley Fowler (Social and Community), Henry Stechman (Social and Community) and Rod and Ruth Sutherland (Health and Welfare). What great inspiration!!!
All received framed certificates from Mayor Lyn Patterson.
Volunteers Network Forum Tues 19th May 12pm
Anyone who manages/supports volunteers is welcome to join us. Autism NZ is hosting the forum and it will be held in the Community Centre Conference Room, 41 Perry Street, Masterton. Please bring your lunch.

Library Promotion:
We held a Wairarapa Volunteer Centre promotion from the 8th – 10th April. This gave us a great opportunity to “get the word out” in the community as to what the Wairarapa Volunteer Centre offers. We received lots of positive feedback. Thanks to Sandy and her team at the library for all their support.
We recently hit a record: 11 new volunteers registered in a week, 2185 page views on our website and 173 Facebook ‘likes’
Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment
Can volunteering be the difference-maker in your next interview?
New research provides evidence of a relationship between volunteering and finding employment. The economic downturn has increased the need for pathways to employment for those struggling to find work.
Government leaders, non-profits and news media have long provided anecdotal evidence that volunteering can increase employment prospects by helping job seekers learn new skills, expand their networks and take on leadership roles. Despite this, there has been little quantitative research to date that has established an association between volunteering and finding a job.
New research provides the most compelling empirical research to date establishing an association between volunteering and employment.
Upcoming Events 
* National Volunteer Week 21st – 27th June. Watch this space for events in our community.
* National Volunteer Centre Hui 4th and 5th May in Auckland. 
* Volunteer Network Forum for Managers of Volunteers 19th May 12-1, 16th June 12-1 and 21st July 12-1. Any further information please contact Bev or Jo @ Wairarapa Volunteer Centre or phone 06 377 1022. 

* Good in the Hood Competition – Z
Vote for us to give our organisation a chance to receive a share of $4,000 from Z. We’re one of the four groups that they’re supporting through ‘Good in the Hood.’ 
How much of the $4,000 we get depends on how many votes we receive.
So please head down to Z Energy Ltd – 80 Chapel St, Masterton during May and vote for us! Wairarapa Community Centre Trust. 

* Whanau Day – 17th May 
* Youth Week 23rd-31st May
Please see below, some examples of roles available on our website:
Helpline Volunteer: REFERENCE: #0062 
Do you want to make a difference in your community? Do you have empathy, computer skills and time to spare each month as a helpline volunteer?
This is a 24hr service, so evenings and weekend shifts are available.
Training is provided
Personality Requirements: empathy, great communication and listening skills.
Mentor – REFERENCE #0061 
A mentoring role alongside children 6-18 years. Providing a child with a fun experience, while developing a friendship that is professionally supported. 
Training: Yes
Hours: 1-4 hours per week. These can be any days that suit.
Personality Requirements: empathy for children.

Reminder for all registered non-profit Organisations we have volunteers ready for your roles so we need you to request more roles!
Median age group changed from 40-49 years to 20-29 years.
1/3 males and 2/3 females registered and an increase in males was observed.

Below are some photos of previous workshops we have held.
Funding from Infinity Foundation Ltd has made this workshop possible.
As a not-for-profit organisation, we solely operate on donations and grants.
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