The week of 18-24 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 ‘Live, laugh, share – volunteer (Kia ringa hora: Me mahi tūao)’, which is about the joy that volunteers bring to their communities, and the rewards that volunteers receive through feeling connected to their community.
Volunteers contribute to so many aspects of our community - 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. Volunteering isn’t just good for the health of the community - it’s also great for the health of the volunteers.
One of the places people 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, but 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.