January 2015
Welcome to the first of our bi-monthly Wairarapa Volunteer Centre newsletters.

The Wairarapa Volunteer Centre Launch was held on Thursday 14th August. Our doors officially opened on Monday 18th August 2014. The Manager for the Wairarapa Volunteer Centre is Beverley Jack and The Coordinator is Jo Dean. The Wairarapa Volunteer Centre is governed by the Wairarapa Community Centre Trust.
Key Roles:
 Promote and support volunteering
  • Providing information on volunteering
  • Initial interviewing for potential volunteers
  • Management support.
  • Provision of regular newsletters
We have had an influx of organisations and volunteers registering since our return from Christmas break. The summer months bring lots of community events and annual fundraising opportunities which is great for our region and social well-being. These are a few of our current roles available:
National Heart Foundation's Annual Appeal 13th /14th Feb 2015 
New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation House & Garden Tour, Friday 20th March 2015. 
Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for a campaign Coordinator for their Annual Appeal in March 2015.
If you would like to volunteer for any of these please contact us on 06 377 1022
Check out our website or join us on Facebook to find out more!

Vanessa Jibran, (a Wairarapa Community Centre Volunteer) interviewed Mary from Citizens Advice Bureau
How long have you been volunteering?  13 Years
What do you do in your voluntary roles?
I answer enquiries by phone I am currently on the management committee and on a committee to train volunteers at the Wairarapa Citizens Advice Bureau
Why do you choose to volunteer?
I felt like I needed to give back to the community and it fills in my time.
What have you learnt?
I have learnt to research options available to people who have enquiries.
How many hours do you volunteer each week?

Normally 4 hours a week, I am in the process of organising training for new volunteers, so it varies at the moment.
What does the Citizens Advice Bureau service offer?
We try to answer any question that we are asked; if we don’t know the answer we find someone who does.
National Volunteer Centres’ Hui
National Volunteer Centres’ Hui
National Volunteer Centres’ Hui was held on 10th and 11th November 2014.
Jo Dean, Wairarapa Volunteer Centre Coordinator attended.
Representatives from 19 Volunteer Centres in New Zealand attend.
The hui every 6 months to support, mentor and share ideas.
Events Celebrated
The White Ribbon Day Friday 28th November 2014. Stalls and activities were set up outside the Masterton Library Square. The Wairarapa Volunteer Centre entered a team for the relay event.
The Wairarapa Volunteer Centre organised and celebrated  International Volunteer Day with a march through Masterton, followed by speeches and a morning tea held at the Town Hall. Many volunteers from community organisations in the Wairarapa joined us.
Photo Credit to Wairarapa Times Age
Wairarapa Volunteer Centre staff gathered a group of volunteers and took part in the annual Christmas Parade, giving out vouchers, brochures and sweets.
We also aim to support and promote a worthwhile cause that needs volunteers each month.
Jo Dean -Coordinator
Wairarapa Volunteer Centre
41 Perry Street, Masterton 5810
377 1022 extn 2
Bring your lunch!
This meeting will provide an opportunity to meet
with other organisations who manage volunteers
Tuesday 17th February 2015 at 12 00 noon til 1pm
AT:   The Wairarapa Community Centre,
41 Perry Street; Masterton
RSVP: Bev or Jo 377 1022
by Monday 16th February 2015
National Volunteer Supporting Organisations:
Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is a national organisation in New Zealand that focuses purely on volunteering, volunteer management and is the “voice of volunteering”. They hold the ‘big picture’ and are in a position to liaise, work with, and advise government.  This works to ensure that volunteering occurs within a positive environment where it is encouraged and fostered.
SEEK NZ - If you are interested in volunteering for a particular organisation or cause, you can find out more about every organisation that lists opportunities on SEEK by reading their organisation profile. This also lists the organisations current volunteer opportunities.
Why use SEEK Volunteer? SEEK has developed and introduced this site because we saw an
opportunity to blend our technological and marketing expertise with our commitment to being socially proactive and make a difference to the community. We wanted to give something back just like you do! We like to think that we have made a huge difference - not only to the thousands of people who wanted to volunteer, but to the many charities that have suddenly found loads more people to help out.
We are genuinely committed to the volunteering cause. In addition to delivering this free service

If you require more information, please contact us:

Phone (06) 377 1022 ext 2

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