Volunteering New Plymouth

Community Organisation

Volunteering New Plymouth
44 Liardet Street
New Plymouth 4310
4 days ago

Oxfam Trailwalker 2022 New Plymouth Event

Wendy Richards from Volunteering New Plymouth

Volunteers needed for Oxfam Trailwalker 2022!
Oxfam Trailwalker (March 26 – 27) is the ultimate team challenge event that changes lives one step at a time. We simply could not run Oxfam Trailwalker without the help of our awesome volunteers.
By volunteering at Oxfam Trailwalker, your contribution… View more
Volunteers needed for Oxfam Trailwalker 2022!
Oxfam Trailwalker (March 26 – 27) is the ultimate team challenge event that changes lives one step at a time. We simply could not run Oxfam Trailwalker without the help of our awesome volunteers.
By volunteering at Oxfam Trailwalker, your contribution helps raise funds for Oxfam’s programmes that keep girls in school, improve water and sanitation and create a just and sustainable world, now and for future generations.

If you’re not ready to walk 50km or 100km, volunteering is an excellent way to be a part of Oxfam Trailwalker and help our mission to end the injustice of poverty. You will be making a difference, helping out at Oxfam Aotearoa’s biggest fundraising event, supporting more than 1,200 participants to reach the finish line. At the same time, you’ll meet new people, enjoy the beauty of the Taranaki region and be part of the team that is behind this huge outdoor event!

We are looking to fill a range of positions during the event weekend 25-27 March 2022.

Key roles:
• Registration support
• Courier
• Trail Marshal
• Finish Line Chute Crew
• Finish Line Team Caller
• Finish Line MC Assistant

In return you will receive an Oxfam Trailwalker Volunteer gift pack, a volunteer certificate and the amazing and inspiring experience of being part of the largest team challenge in New Zealand!
If putting a smile on others’ faces spending a day outdoors and helping at an event with a purpose sounds like you, then sign up to be an Oxfam Trailwalker Volunteer today!
You choose what you would like to do, and for how long! Have any questions? Check out our website for more information at oxfamtrailwalker.org.nz... or send an email to the Oxfam team (otwvolunteer@oxfam.org.nz) or call us on 0800 600 700.

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4 days ago

Volly Call - NZ Blood Service Support Volunteers

Wendy Richards from Volunteering New Plymouth

NZ Blood Service is the SOLE provider of blood products to hospitals in New Zealand.
(NZBS) is excited to launch an additional mobile blood drive team to service Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, and Franklin area’s that will more than double the opportunities to donate and the … View more
NZ Blood Service is the SOLE provider of blood products to hospitals in New Zealand.
(NZBS) is excited to launch an additional mobile blood drive team to service Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, and Franklin area’s that will more than double the opportunities to donate and the frequency of visits by the Service in these areas.

“We are thrilled to be adding additional mobile blood drives to these regions. We know the need for blood and plasma are constant, and demand in New Zealand for these lifesaving products will keep growing. With the additional mobile blood drives, we have the opportunity to recruit more people to join our amazing donor community,” says Doug Gallagher, Director of Donor Services – New Zealand Blood Service. “Across New Zealand nearly 50% of all whole blood donations are donated via a mobile blood drive. It is a safe and easy way to collect blood in many parts of the country.”

The additional mobile blood drive team, which is based out of the NZBS’s Hamilton Donor Centre, will be part of a service that visits key areas across the central North Island. The mobile drive will be visiting New Plymouth, Napier, Rotorua, and Pukekohe each on a monthly basis. All of these locations have been carefully chosen based on logistical, resource, and population factors, including current donor numbers and potential future growth in the areas.

Donors in these areas, existing and new, will have more appointment options, making it easier for them to donate regularly. With over 30,000 Kiwis needing lifesaving blood, plasma, and platelets each year, every donation counts.

Selecting the ideal region to add additional mobile blood drives has not been an easy one. As Doug explains, “while we would like to visit as many towns in New Zealand as possible, the reality is there are a lot of factors to consider to make these mobile blood drives viable. We need to know that the areas we choose can support a monthly blood drive and we also need to consider how we can efficiently get the blood collected back to one of our processing laboratories.”

NZBS needs to collect over 4,000 donations every week nationally, however less than 4% of the eligible adult population currently donate.

One blood donation can be separated into three components for transfusion–red blood cells, plasma and platelets– which can save up to three lives.

Volunteers are an integral part of NZBS and they help to enhance the experience of donating blood by providing each and every blood donor with excellent customer service. And are counted on to contribute towards making the experience of donating blood an exceptional and positive one.

Working as a volunteer for NZBS will give you a sense of belonging, pride and satisfaction as you assist in providing an essential community service.

NZBS are seeking volunteers from a cross section of the local community to help out when the mobile service is here in New Plymouth

If you have some spare time we would appreciate your help. Time commitment is maximum of 3 - 4 hours per shift and if enough people sign up then a roster with be developed so that you can confirm your times well in advance.

Due to this being within the Health sector there is a requirement for volunteers to be both Police Check and Fully Vaccinated.

Come help us save lives

Please register your interest by contacting Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth on 06 758 8986 or phone / text 022 571 4228 or Email: admin@volunteeringnewplymouth.nz

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11 days ago

Volly Call - Social Day Volunteers

Wendy Richards from Volunteering New Plymouth

The Awesome hardworking people at Alzheimers Taranaki provide, support, advice, information, and advocacy for people with dementia. They also educate and inform the wider community about dementia and remove the stigma attached to this disease that affects so many of our families today. The … View moreThe Awesome hardworking people at Alzheimers Taranaki provide, support, advice, information, and advocacy for people with dementia. They also educate and inform the wider community about dementia and remove the stigma attached to this disease that affects so many of our families today. The Community Advisors facilitate Carer Support Groups and Alz Café Social groups.
Alzheimers Taranaki run Day Programmes for people with dementia in both New Plymouth and Hawera. The day programme or “clubs” provide social and cognitive stimulation, entertainment, and activities for people in the early to moderate stages of dementia whilst also providing day respite for the care partners, carer, and family / whanau.


Volunteers are being sought to assist with that Social Day programme that takes place every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On these days clients are offered a few hours of respite and social activities from 10.00am until 3.00pm in the welcoming venue in New Plymouth Bowling Club.



This special time allows everyone to enjoy a few hours of fun filled and active atmosphere. It is really important that a good mix of male and female volunteers are available. So, if you have a friendly nature that can add to this social interaction with people who really appreciate the time you spend with them, then here is your chance to make a huge difference to someone's day. If you have a good sense of humour and are happy to be encouraging with the clients, then you are who Alzheimers Taranaki’s Day programme is looking for.



A fortnightly roster is arranged, so the commitment is not too difficult to meet. The time commitment is from 9.30am till 3pm. You can choose to volunteer for as little as one day a week – just five and a half hours a fortnight. There are regular training/ information sessions which includes Health & Safety, Volunteer Rights & Responsibilities, Exercise and Fall Prevention and Culture. There is a requirement for a Police Check.



If you think that you might be that special person who has a kind heart and patient nature, understands people’s needs, and willing to work in a relaxed, fun team environment, then now is the time to give Wendy a call at Volunteering New Plymouth on 06 758 8986, text / phone 022 571 4228 or email admin@volunteeringnewplymouth.nz for any additional information and to arrange for an interview, she is looking forward to hear from you.

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17 days ago

Volly Call - Meal Delivery

Wendy Richards from Volunteering New Plymouth

Bellyful has been running for 12 years, with each individual branch running and funding itself. In that time, it has made more than 166,000 meals and fed 30,000 families.

Here in New Plymouth the branch was launched in the first week of October this year and the local branch coordinator has … View more
Bellyful has been running for 12 years, with each individual branch running and funding itself. In that time, it has made more than 166,000 meals and fed 30,000 families.

Here in New Plymouth the branch was launched in the first week of October this year and the local branch coordinator has organised the first couple of “cookathons” and had a great response with a good number of volunteers helping to make the four meal selections which are Beef Lasagne, Beef Bolognese Sauce, Macaroni Cheese and Tomato and Red Lentil Soup. These four meals are all made from the same recipe throughout all branches which are basic but child-friendly and nutritious.

Who are these meals for you ask??

Having a new baby, or young children, can be really, really hard work! And having a good support network is one of the main ingredients for getting through those early stages.

Bellyful’s main criteria are simply that the whānau they support have babies or young children, and don’t have others available to do what we do – cook and deliver free meals.

There is no financial assessment involved. However, it’s important to note that Bellyful is not a service that provides meals based on financial need, our service is based on more of an emotional need for support.

The key to the service is that Bellyful New Plymouth is here to provide some practical support in the form of frozen meals – for those whānau who wouldn’t have that support otherwise.

They don’t want to take over from all of the other wonderful forms of support available to whānau (like support from family, friends, church, Playcentre, other family groups, and networks) – They step in where none of those exist.

Having a few meals delivered by a friendly face can be a real sanity-saver.

Now what is needed are some more volunteers who understand what Bellyful is about and are happy to work with the local branch coordinator and become one of the volunteers who is rostered to contact the recipient family and arrange safe delivery of the frozen meals. What else do you need to know??

This will be on an as needed basis.

Are you a kind and compassionate person?
Are you comfortable working alone to deliver meals to families?
Health & Safety and Delivery training is given.
All delivery volunteers are Police Vetted
All delivery volunteers are Reference checked.
You need to hold an appropriate driver license
You will also need to have reliable transport

Bellyful is now supporting whānau in 25 communities across New Zealand thanks to their wonderful sponsors, supporters, and volunteers the service is free.

So, if you want to add your support behind this essential service or want to find out more then please contact Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth email her at admin@volunteeringnewplymouth.nz or phone or text 022 571 4228 and let her know you are keen to be involved.

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25 days ago

Volly Call - Reusable Bag Sewers

Wendy Richards from Volunteering New Plymouth

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine or More–
Well in this case we are looking for sewers to save our planet.

Do you want to do something to help?
Back in 2016 Boomerang Bags were introduced to New Zealand and, Lauree Jones of Taranaki Enviroschools brought the concept of Boomerang Bags to Taranaki. … View more
A Stitch in Time Saves Nine or More–
Well in this case we are looking for sewers to save our planet.

Do you want to do something to help?
Back in 2016 Boomerang Bags were introduced to New Zealand and, Lauree Jones of Taranaki Enviroschools brought the concept of Boomerang Bags to Taranaki. This was before no plastics shopping bags.

For a couple of years Volunteering New Plymouth were involved in the production and support of these.

Last year we decided to continue with the reusable bags under our own umbrella -Volunteering Bags – we have been working with Sustainable Taranaki on a couple of projects and one of them is to produce reusable bags for the Billow Bakery – so we have a new template, and we have material waiting for new sewers.

Currently we supply bags to:

• Age Concern for their frozen meals

• Taranaki Women’s Refuge for supplies

We also have the following Organisations waiting for us to produce bags

• Women’s Centre for women’s use

• Waitara Foodbank Pataka Kai

We are now also looking to make facemasks to donate to those who are not be able to afford to buy them, now we are required to wear masks in all indoor settings and having more than one per person, ensure best hygienic practices are possible. SO…..

We at Volunteering New Plymouth are looking for people to become part of a team of home sewers. "You just need a sewing machine or an overlocker, and time, enthusiasm and a smiling face," For those willing to help, we will hold a session to demonstrate how they are made from the pattern and from there the creativity begins.

"People can do it as a one off or they can do it over a long period of time,".

We have some material cut for bags and are looking to have a cutting session and demo on December 3rd at Blind Low Vision Hall at 131 Vivian Street, New Plymouth starting at 10am with morning tea get together. If you would like to be part of this and or if you're interested in sewing, or donating materials such as sewing cotton, machine needles or even a sewing machine that is sitting around unused in good working order and or if you think you would like to help in some other ways perhaps or just want to know more, please contact Volunteering New Plymouth 06 7588 986

Wendy email: admin@volunteeringnewplymouth.nz or text 022 571 4228

Marie email: manager@volunteeringnewplymouth.nz or text 027 541 0577

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