NZ Blood Service Support Volunteers

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:


Alzheimers Taranaki Inc - Social Day Volunteers

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 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  for any additional information and to arrange for an interview, she is looking forward to hear from you.


Bellyful New Plymouth – Meal Delivery

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 or phone or text 022 571 4228 and let her know you are keen to be involved.


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:

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

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:  or text 022 571 4228

Marie email: or text 027 541 0577


Community Education Tutors

Taranaki Community Education recently rebranded. Formerly known as Taranaki Adult Literacy Services, “Taranaki Community Education” better reflects who they are and the services they offer to our community.

TCE is a not-for-profit charitable organisation that provides community education programmes in collaboration with skilled professionals; they provide tailored programmes that enable ako and shared connections. 

The programmes focus on three core areas: cultural, communication and self-sufficiency. Within the cultural programme are the popular courses Conversational Māori with Keri Elvin and Te Reo Māori for Beginners with Gareth Kahui.

Currently TCE is based in the community, and they deliver their programmes at the venues of a number of local organisations. These include The Salvation Army, The Tasman Club, Taranaki Community Law and Taranaki Disabilities Information Centre.

The Cultural programmes for this term include Conversational Māori as well as a new Online Kōrero Māori course. This is an opportunity for those that may not be able to attend an in-person event and is a great way to involve the whānau in the learning journey. 

Another addition to the cultural programme is a Preserving Your Past workshop with Susanne Rawson, who is an expert in heritage preservation. In this workshop participants will learn how to capture the information about an item special to them, including implementing some basic preservation measures to improve its condition.
Two other upcoming courses as part of the Communication programme, are Counselling and Communication where participants will be mentored by registered counsellor, Margaret Smith. Learn how to actively listen and engage, how to encourage and support others as well as how to have courageous conversations. 

Another exciting addition is the Creating a Life History course with Janet Hunt.  This course will cover how to put together a life history, including planning, interviewing, transcribing, and presenting. 

TCE has openings for more tutors to join their ranks. If you have expertise in the cultural, communication or self-sufficiency fields, and you have an interest in helping people, this maybe an opportunity for you.

As a tutor you will help empower others to become more self-sufficient in their daily lives. Suggested course topics include food and nutrition, cooking skills, upcycling, gardening, raising poultry, home maintenance, and basic car maintenance. With guidance you will work on a contractual arrangement to create and teach your own course, including the flexibility to move to an online format if required.

Tutor responsibilities can vary depending on your skills. The classes are small groups in a very welcoming friendly and supportive environment.

For those who have an interest and skills in Photography and / or Videography for marketing and would like to volunteer supporting a growing organisation, TCE would welcome your help.

Here is a chance to learn new skills that can then be used to improve the lifestyles of other adults.  How good would that be!  So many opportunities- Student, Contracted Tutor or Volunteer. So, if you are reading this and thinking - "I could do this!" then please register your interest by contacting Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth on 06 758 8986,

E: or phone / text 027 571 4228

She is waiting to hear from you.


Salvation Army Family Store:  Store Person

The Salvation Army offers a ‘hand-up’ to Kiwis in need, providing services such as food banks, budgeting courses, employment training, addiction services, community garden projects, emergency services and much, much more. They are an organisation that relies on the generosity of others to provide these valuable resources to the local community. Their Family Stores are a wonderful part of their organisation and raise a large amount of money that is then distributed back into the community.

Last year the New Plymouth Family Store moved next door to Spotlight and since then they have rearranged the store and so they are on the lookout for friendly volunteers willing to become part of the team who work on a roster system from Monday through to Saturday. The store is open from 8.30 – 5pm on those days. 

You will be a part of a diverse team that believes in our community and loves having the opportunity to give back You will also be responsible for providing excellent customer service to our instore customers and those who donate goods.

You can work at times to suit you and any time that you can offer will be greatly appreciated. However, if you can commit to the same time each week or fortnight that would be really helpful.

They are looking for volunteers who are passionate about people and customer service. It would be great if you have previous experience in retail with cash handling skills and customer service skills also it is important that people who are interested are able to work efficiently and demonstrate punctuality – these are important and would be wonderful to have - however there is the opportunity to gain transferrable cash handling and retail customer service skills. Full training will be provided and a reference to support you moving on to your future career. You may also have the opportunity to enrol in a retail course that allows you to gain NCEA credits and a certificate in retail and customer service.

Are you a person who would like to help the Salvation Army help our community? Or are you curious to learn more?  If so, then please call Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth on (06) 758 8986 / 022 571 4228 or email her at so that contact can be arranged.



ParaFed groups have been established throughout New Zealand (Taranaki is part of the National Body) to provide opportunities and encouragement to all people with a physical or visual impairment, to participate in life to the full in the areas of sport and recreation.  In Taranaki this is done in partnership with Sport Taranaki by creating awareness, developing opportunities for participation in sport, promoting junior programmes and encouraging participation in activities like wheelchair basketball, boccia, swimming, athletics, Allabilities golf, wheelchair Turbo Touch Rugby, youth sports club, Halberg junior disability games, cycling, surfing, school projects.

Supporting this work Taranaki has a Coalition of 12 Strategic Partners which includes South Taranaki District Council, Ministry of Social Development, New Plymouth District Council, Taranaki Disability Information Centre Trust, IDEA (Intellectual Disability Empowerment in Action), DPA NZ (Disabled Persons Assembly NZ) and Parafed Taranaki. This coalition works to monitor and implement the strategy's action plan which provides a framework for greater collaboration in working together towards a non - disabling society. By working together, the strategic partners are able to achieve more sustainable outcomes for people with disabilities and provide greater equal opportunities to participate.

The ParaFed committee prefers to have nine members, consists of people with Business and Sport backgrounds, as well as members with a disability and a Sports Development Advisor, who are supported by the Strategic Partners.  Currently this committee, which meets monthly for approximately 1 hour to 2 hours maximum, is looking for more members.  If you have an interest in becoming a committee member and / or you have an interest in the disability sector; this could be the opportunity for you. You do not need to have knowledge of the disability sector; however, the current members will educate you.

If you are not sure – there is always the opportunity to have a conversation about what is involved and attend a meeting before making any commitment. So, if you have the time and think you could support this group, or if you are curious to learn more, please contact Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth on 06 758 8986, email: or phone or text 022 571 4228 she will happily help you with information to take the next step. 


Seasons for Growth  - Companion Volunteers

The Seasons for Growth Program (grief and loss education and support) runs education programs to support 6-18 year olds who have experienced a loss or change in their family through death, parental separation or divorce, migration, imprisonment, fostering, relationship break-down or any similar significant change.  

Small groups of 3-6 participants, facilitated by screened, trained and police vetted adult volunteers, called Companions, meet once a week, for an hour, for 8 weeks, for activities and discussion on topics including change, feelings, personal stories and self-care.

Groups run throughout Taranaki each school term and the region is currently recruiting volunteers to train as Companions for 2022.

The next Companion training will run over two days during the weekend of the 26-27 March 2022.  

All volunteers are required to have proof of two COVID vaccinations before training to facilitate the Seasons for Growth program.

These are the times we are now living in.

Important personal attributes would include:

Groups run throughout Taranaki during each school term and in 2020 there were 225 youngsters participated in a group somewhere in the province.

If you are curious to learn more and / or you are interested in becoming a Companion please contact Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth on 06 758 8986, email: or phone or text 022 571 4228 to take the next step.


Marfell Community Trust and Marfell Community School

"Rising Achievers Afterschool Programme" - 

Seeking Star Volunteers

A wonderful opportunity is waiting for the right volunteers who are willing to offer a little of their heart to the young people of Marfell.

“The Rising Achievers programme is about community working together to raise achievement of the whole child in a mana enhancing environment.”

Each Marfell Community School students who is enrolled in this special afterschool programme is referred for support in academic and social areas of their wellbeing; alongside being given the opportunity to take part in fun activities and learn new skills.

Whilst in the program they become accustom to an afternoon snack, homework then out to play routine. This routine helps set a pattern to continue with once they move into their Intermediate education and are required to meet the expected national standard.

The programme runs every weekday during the school terms and the volunteers would need to be at the Marfell Community School from approximately 2.30pm until 4.40pm. As with all volunteer roles if you can help out for one day or all five it would be a great help. Every hour you put in makes a difference and rosters will be arranged to suit your availability.

For all who volunteer to help this great programme there will be training given and ongoing support to enable you to offer your time to these young people.

If you think you have the skills required and the time to share with these lovely young people or if you would just like more information contact Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth on (06) 758 8986, email: or phone or text 022 571 4228 to have a conversation about options and perhaps arrange a chat with one of the Trust members who is involved.


Committee Members / Volunteer Coordinator Wanted

New Plymouth Riding for the Disabled

This Group provides therapeutic programmes and horse-riding activities to facilitate the training and rehabilitation of persons (primarily young people) with disabilities whose physical and mental health is likely to benefit from such participation.

We have an enthusiastic and capable committee, all of whom have specific areas of interest. We are seeking an additional member who in addition to undertaking the governance role will have specific responsibility for recruiting and supporting our essential volunteer team.

You will work closely with our Head Coach to ensure we have sufficient volunteers in the team to sustain our daily riding sessions and other related duties.

We have a monthly committee meeting, but this role will require additional time outside of the committee meetings. The time commitment is variable and flexible, on average we estimate 2 to 4 hours a week.

If you would like to have some governance experience and help sustain a highly regarded local charity, we would love to hear from you.
You will actively participate in governance decision making, be reliable and responsible, a great time manager, competent computer user, ideas person, organised, good communicator and advocate, with an appreciation for those in our community living with disability.

Personality requirements: Friendly and respectful with an appreciation for those in our community living with disability.

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, then please contact Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth by P: 06 758 8986; M: 022 571 4228 or E:  to take that next step and discuss with her your skills and the potential options; she is looking forward to hearing from you.


GIRLGUIDING NZ Taranaki – Youth Leadership Opportunity

Are you passionate about providing girls and young women opportunities to build resilience, confidence, and a strong sense of identity? Girl Guiding is growing across New Plymouth and we need more good people to come and do great things with us.

In this volunteer role you will be a part of a team who provide a fun, challenging and exciting programme which enables girls to achieve the awards in the girl programme and meet the mission and vision of the organisation. 

You will also help facilitate opportunities for girls to contribute to the planning of future programmes and activities and ensure that there is a strong girl voice in the unit and that girls are heard and listened to. 

No prior experience needed- full training and ongoing support will be provided. This is an absolutely fabulous opportunity for fun-loving volunteers from all backgrounds of life and with any potential skills to share, to step up and become Youth Leaders for Girl Guiding Taranaki. Multiple roles are available across the city on Wednesday/Thursday afternoons or evenings.

We love what we do which is why we work so hard to ensure that we provide great opportunities for our girls.  Join our passionate and supportive local team in a well-established, long standing national organisation today.

To find out more and start the conversation then I would encourage you to contact Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth  on (06) 758 8986, or phone or text 022 571 4228 or email so that she can register your interest to help.


Taranaki Cancer Society:  Receptionist

The Taranaki Cancer Society provides leadership and advocacy in health promotion, support, information and research.  The Society has been operating in Taranaki for the past 80 years in a modern, eco-friendly centre in New Plymouth. Did you know that there is NO government funding received for this essential service.

Cancer is now the leading cause of death in New Zealand. As we grow older, the likelihood of developing cancer increases.

Each year in Taranaki, there are over 600 people diagnosed with cancer. 

Every day the team at Cancer Society we help people with any cancer, their families, whānau and friends to deal with a cancer diagnosis. They advocate for cancer patients, provide a voice on all kinds of issues, including cancer prevention, screening, early detection and treatment as well as supporting people during treatment and get them well again. 

This is done through the wide range of core services in supportive care, information and local support groups and connecting people online. They also develop and run community health promotion and cancer prevention programmes to keep people well.

Purpose of this Receptionist Role:

The work is usually performed at the front office desk to receive and greet any visitors, and patients, and to answer telephone calls. However, there will be other tasks throughout the centre.

Expected results:

To have volunteers covering our reception during all office hours. – shifts are available for a morning or afternoon shift Monday – Friday – opening hours are 9am – 3.30pm. So if you have a morning or an afternoon available once a week or if you would like to be the person who they contact if they are needing someone to fill in that would also be great.

Specific skills/education required:

Are you Positive and friendly with an outgoing nature?

Are you Able to maintain confidentiality?  

Are you A team worker who is Calm and confident?

Are you also Honest, trustworthy, reliable and punctual ?

Are you someone who is Computer literate with key board skills?


If you just want to get out and about to enjoy the company of some great people and help the community at the same time and this sound like something you would like to do? Then please contact Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth on

(06)758 8986 / 022 571 4228 or email

She is keen to hear from you.


New Plymouth Stroke Support Trust

The New Plymouth Stroke Support Trust started back in August 1986 when  the first gathering happened.  This is a gathering so that carers of people who have had strokes can bring their spouses along and have a day free where we  look after them and feed them. That was the reason why this Trust originally formed.

The group was kick-started with a $3000 donation from the Commercial Travellers' Association.

Now, every third Friday of the month, the group holds a social event for people who have had a stroke and their caregivers at the Beach St Hall in Fitzroy from about 10am to 1pm. 

At the group there's morning tea, lunch and entertainment. 

Members unable to drive whether they live in Oakura, Inglewood, Waitara or New Plymouth are picked up and dropped off by Ironside Vehicle Society or Driving Miss Daisy or their rest home.

The trust also offers members two social bus trips a year, and once-a-month meetings for carers only.

Funding is raised by a yearly subs and from the Community Organisation Grants Scheme, TSB Community Trust, bequests, and various fundraising activities this covers the running costs of the events.

What else do they need you ask?

They are looking for volunteers to support this great gathering to help set up for the day and help the committee with greeting the guests and giving out name tags and helping them to their seat and then helping serve morning tea and lunch and then the clearing and cleaning up after. This is not an onerous task; however they would love some younger people to assist the committee some who have been doing this for the most of the 35 years.

Someone who would enjoy a once-a-month event and perhaps go on one or both of the social bus trips too. The more volunteers we have then there is great potential to be able to roster this; so that it is more flexible (so that if you are going to be going away you can go without feeling like you are letting the others down – so think about it and:

If this appeals and you could fit a once a month activity from 9.15am  – 1.30pm on the third Friday. 

You could always try before you buy (so to speak) and go check it out to see if it is something you would like doing  to be part of – if so then please give Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth a call  on (06) 758 8986, email at or phone or text 022 571 4228.


Taranaki Retreat – Cleaning Angels

A Retreat, for people struggling with life challenges, had been a vision for former Dean Jamie Allen and his Wife Suzy for several years and in March 2017 that vision became a reality with the opening of the Taranaki Retreat.

This has been made possible through the incredible efforts of the team that they currently have and have had over these years.  In the words of Mike King “This isn't just a whare or a retreat for vulnerable people, it is an example of what communities can do if we bind together, and this is a community coming together and saying 'we care'. "

The Retreat is a community sanctuary, providing a time out space with support for families and individuals to stay free of charge when times are tough.

The buildings are in place and people are coming and there is a need to have extra people available to help - as the saying goes "many hands make light work"

In Suzy’s words ”So we are looking for a few more volunteers to help our team of wonderful Cleaning Angels. We have a beautiful lodge that our Guests stay in - kept beautiful by an amazing group of volunteers”

So what is required?

We really need a few more people to help us with this so that no-one is over-worked and our lodge stays welcoming and clean.

If you might be able to join the wonderful team of cleaning Angels, we would LOVE to hear from you.

If you think you would like to join the Cleaning Angels or if you think you could help in some other way perhaps or just want to know more, please contact Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth on (06) 758 8986, email: or phone or text 022 571 4228.


Meals on Wheels:

New Zealand Red Cross – Taranaki Branch:

New Zealand Red Cross delivers over 15,000 meals on wheels to the house-bound and elderly throughout New Plymouth District every year.  This number has continued to increase over the last few years and with the recent retirement of some of the long serving volunteers it means that there is an urgent need for new volunteer drivers for this essential service.  

The Inglewood Branch has around 20 drivers that deliver meals five days a week.  Not only does the service provide a nourishing meal for their clients but the volunteer drivers provide many of the recipients with the security of knowing they will have some daily contact with others, which many of them lack. 

You do not need to make a large commitment as you will be put on a rooster that suits the time you have available. Generally, you have the roster for a month - 1 day (the same day) per week the start time for this service is 11.30am and usually takes till approximately 12.30pm depending on the number of meals being delivered. Inglewood is quite small, so it does not take too long to deliver to all those receiving these meals.  If there are a couple of you one can drive and the other can deliver and it takes less time of course -

If you have always thought about volunteering - but thought that you couldn't because you were travelling a lot or have the grandchildren or you have children, and they are at school and you have a couple of hours in the middle of the day to spare and would like to help - this could be that opportunity. It could be for just 4 – 5 hours every couple of months or even on the emergency drivers list.  Drivers are reimbursed at a set rate per meal to assist with costs. 

There is a requirement for a Police Check for these roles and this does take several weeks to process and be returned - so if you are not available immediately and you are interested in helping out with this rewarding role or if you are curious to learn more please contact Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth on (06) 7588-986, Email: or Phone or Text (022) 571 4228 to have a conversation about options and start the process. She is waiting for your call.


Meals on Wheels:

New Zealand Red Cross – Taranaki Branch:

New Zealand Red Cross delivers over 15,000 meals on wheels to the house-bound and elderly throughout New Plymouth District every year.  This number has continued to increase over the last few years and with the recent retirement of some of the long serving volunteers it means that there is an urgent need for new volunteer drivers for this essential service.  

The New Plymouth Branch has around 45 drivers that deliver meals five days a week.  Not only does the service provide a nourishing meal for their clients but the volunteer drivers provide many of the recipients with the security of knowing they will have some daily contact with others, which many of them lack. 

You do not need to make a large commitment as you can be put on a rooster that suits the time you have available.  The start time for this service is 11am and usually takes till approximately 1pm depending on the number of meals being delivered.

If you have always thought about volunteering - but thought that you couldn't because you were travelling a lot - have the children or grandchildren and they are at school -   you have a couple of hours in the middle of the day to spare and would like to help - this could be that opportunity. It could be for just a couple of hours a month or even on the emergency drivers list.  Drivers are reimbursed at a set rate per meal to assist with costs.  Drivers must be over the age of 18 and maintain a full and valid New Zealand drivers licence.

There is a requirement for a Police Check for these roles and this does take several weeks to process and be returned - so if you are not available immediately and you are interested in helping out with this rewarding role or if you are curious to learn more please contact Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth,  P: (06) 758 8986, M: 022 571 4228, E: to have a conversation about options and start the process. We are waiting for your call.


Red Cross Shop Driver & assistant

Have you thought about volunteering?

Do you want to go and do something with a mate?  

Red Cross shop is looking for a Driver and 2nd mate who can go out and deliver and collect donated goods.

Are you interested in getting behind that wheel to make a difference!! The vehicle is not huge (you need only your car licence to drive it).

There are other options too.

Are interested in being the driver and are happy to work with others?

Are you that person that could help with deliveries but not keen to be the driver?

Do you have experience that you would like to utilize in helping the community?

Can you see yourself in either of these roles?

Do you have a friend who you could bring along to help?

Are you interested in helping support the work that Red Cross do locally?

Do you have a few hours that you could offer?  – It could be once a week or a month.  Any time that you can offer within the shop hours ( Monday to Friday 9am - 4.30pm. Saturday hours are 9am till 3pm) will really help.

Right now more friendly volunteers are needed to help offer that first rate service that the customers have come to expect.

Have you checked out their very popular retail shop on Gover Street - yes they moved from Fitzroy last year and they have a bigger and brighter shop with items priced for the budget conscious and / or those who are choosing to purchase previously owned rather than buying new.

People who explore find amazing buys on the racks and shelves and return often as there is no knowing what will be found on the next visit.

This shop has led the way and been plastic bag free since May 2017 so you are offered a cool upcycled bag for a gold coin and a great way to help the environment.

The other bonus is that experience with a volunteer organisation could lead onto paid employment elsewhere as many employers give preference to people who have volunteer experience on their CV and there are many examples of this.

So are you looking to gain new skills?

Or just wanting to get out and about to enjoy the company of some great people and help the community at the same time. 

If you are not sure – there is always the opportunity to have a conversation about what is involved and visit the store and check it out before committing. So if you have the time and think you could support this group, or if you are curious to learn more please

If you answer yes to either of these options, then contact Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth on (06)7588-986 / 022 571 4228 or email She is keen to hear from you.


Bite size Volunteering

Have you ever thought about volunteering?

Do you know how to start or where to start?

Do you have some time that you could offer a community group?

Do you have a few hours a week or a fortnight or even a month?

CAN YOU HELP?  Currently we have several Organisations that are looking for people to help with various activities  - it might be that they are looking for someone to help once a month for a couple of hours. There are also some events that are a one off - that we would love to have you on our Volunteer list to contact when we get a call at short notice.

Benefits of Volunteering

1) Connects you to others - one of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity.

2) Is good for your mind and body - helps counteract the effects of stress, anger and anxiety. Can combat depression and increase confidence and make you happy.

3) Can advance your career - you can try out a new careers without making a long term commitment

4) Brings fun and fulfillment to your life - this is an easy way to explore your interests and passions.

There are many roles that do not require specific skills prior to starting; in fact the most valuable assets that you can bring to any volunteer effort are compassion, an open mind, a willingness to pitch in wherever needed and a positive attitude.

If you have always thought of volunteering but were afraid to, because you wanted to have flexibility to visit family, travel, study, or work  - think about looking at bite size volunteering - this is the way volunteering is evolving.

There is now also micro volunteering - yes that is even smaller than bite size and that can be something like writing Christmas cards for the lonely or responding to a survey or if you are a sewer – making some masks or Volunteer produce and reuseable bags.

Do any of these sound like something that you would like to dip your toes into and look at?  Or a little daunting, or an exciting opportunity?

If you would like to know more and or like to meet someone to talk about the possibilities / or put your name forward please contact Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth on (06) 7588-986, email: or phone or text 022 571 4228 so that she can put you on the list of interested potential volunteers.


Taranaki Timebank:

Taranaki Timebank is a community network with a current membership of approximately 65 individual members and community groups who have come together exchanging skills and time to help each other just get things done!  This can be anything from teaching a craft to painting a house.  Timebank Communities exist throughout New Zealand and are based on a world-wide model.  Taranaki Timebank is looking for a quite extraordinary volunteer to be the 'face' of the organisation.  This exceptional person must have a desire to work within a community network, will need to be computer savvy (hopefully with their own computer),  be able to manage a social media site and have the ability to monitor and evaluate data to influence future development.  I did say that this is a really specialised role!!  Hopefully going forward they will also be responsible for general support to members including induction sessions.  Initially this would be around 5 hours per week but could in time lead to a paid position.  If you would like to talk to the good folk at Taranaki Timebank about this role please contact Wendy or Marie  on 027 41 577 06 758 8986 or email and either of them will forward your details on to the organisation who will arrange to have a chat.


Hospice Opportunity Shop Westown - Warehouse

I am sure that everyone knows about the huge financial contribution the Hospice Op Shops make to our Te Rangimarie Hospice.  We are putting out an urgent request to ask for your help to support this amazing work; by asking if you have a few hours in your week to help at the Hospice Warehouse in Westown. Can you help for 4 hours a week or a fortnight or perhaps every 3 or 4 weeks?

They are crying out for some volunteers who can help in the depot with the sorting of all the donated items. This is an essential role as it allows the shop to keep moving stock on and off the shelves.  Both male and female volunteers are needed and I am sending a special 'shout out' to all those of you who currently are not working or have been recently become unemployed due to COVID who may be looking for something to do until you find work!!  If you have time to spare, are fit and healthy with a good sense of humour, how about considering working for a few hours a week doing this most worthwhile role.  I am sure all volunteers will find it so rewarding to assist this fantastic organisation that plays such an important part in so many of our lives.  I want to hear from everyone who has some time available - please contact Marie or Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth on (06)7588-986 / text 027 541 0577 or email


Citizens Advice Bureau:

The Citizens Advice Bureau is a branch of a national organisation Citizens Advice Bureau New Zealand (CABNZ), This organisation is dedicated to providing all members of our New Zealand community with independent help and support on any matter that they may require.

The aims of CABNZ are to:

1) Ensure that individuals do not suffer through ignorance of their rights and responsibilities, or of the services available, or through an inability to express their needs effectively. 

2) Exert a responsible influence on the development of social policies and services, both locally and nationally.

To achieve these aims CAB offer accurate, comprehensive and up to date information, advice and advocacy that is free, confidential and impartial.

New Plymouth CAB branch is open from 9.30am – 3.30pm Monday through Friday and is staffed by trained volunteers. There are 10 shifts per week which are from 9.30am – 12.30pm and 12.30pm – 3.30pm and two volunteers (Bureau members) are rostered on each shift. The Bureau offers a free legal service one nigh per week, usually a Monday and usually from 7.15 – 9pm and one Bureau member is rostered to assist the duty solicitor on this night.

To become a Bureau member it does require commitment, there is a requirement to perform a duty once a fortnight, and in general a commitment of approximately 10 – 15 hours per month is needed. This includes assisting with the day to day running of the Bureau and participating on at least one of the teams which could consist of organising information resources, maintaining the information systems and other technology, organising social gatherings, giving talks to other community groups, publicity or learning and development.  Monthly learning and development sessions are held every third Wednesday 12.30pm – 2pm and a volunteer must attend 7 out of 10 per year. There is flexibility in all this and you are able to select your own shifts to fit with your lifestyle. So if you think, I would like to do that but I am wanting to travel for a few weeks or months and / or want to spend time with family (and don’t want to let people down or have to get someone to take my roster ) this could be the perfect role for you as there is the ability to be rostered out of those times .

There is a process of Police check and signing a declaration of confidentiality to be completed and once accepted there is an induction period and the observation sessions then after successfully completing these key steps there is a probation period and finally Accreditation and Volunteer Certificate is awarded.

The friendly people at the Bureau are extending an invitation to prospective volunteers to go along and spend some time in the office to see how it all works, so if you would like to visit and find out more about the role CAB and the Bureau members play in our community then please contact Wendy or Marie at Volunteering New Plymouth on (06) 758 8986, email: or phone / text 027 541 0577 (Marie), 022 571 4228 (Wendy) so that we can arrange for your visit.