The week of 19-25 June, is National Volunteer Week, and is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the amazing contribution that volunteers make to New Zealand Society. This year’s theme is make time, which focuses on encouraging people to make the time to volunteer.
Every year volunteers contribute millions of unpaid hours to human rights, faith communities, health, education, sports and recreation, social services, arts and culture, emergency services, the environment and conservation, animal welfare, and community support and development.
One of the places they volunteer is here at the CAB, where our service relies on the good will and commitment of the more than 2000 volunteers who provide our service. Our volunteers come from all walks of life - they may be university students, retired professionals, people who work from home, or migrants wanting to get to grips with New Zealand systems.
They are all joined together by a desire to make a difference to people in their community:
“The greatest contribution I can make is the giving of my time; to listen in a non-judgmental manner and through my training; to be able to offer options to people who do not have the knowledge, skills or tools to control or manage the many situations they find themselves in. In this small way I can empower people and families to make a difference in their own lives.”
(Val, CAB Napier)
We really value the commitment that our volunteers make and support them with the tools they need to be able to provide a high quality service. This includes a rigorous programme of initial and on-going learning.
If you’re looking for a practical way to give back to the community and like solving mysteries and helping other people then the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) might be for you. You’d join the 2000-plus CAB volunteers around New Zealand who get enormous satisfaction from helping people with all sorts of queries.