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Volunteering does not succeed in a vacuum.
Behind this army of volunteers lies an equally
dedicated group of individuals and agencies
who are responsible for the coordination,
support, training, administration and recruitment
of the world's volunteers -- skilled professionals
who are adept at taking singular passion and
turning it into effective action.
At Volunteering Hawkes Bay we come across
some great coordinators/managers who keep
volunteering alive in Hawke's Bay. Volunteer
management requires great people with great
communication and marketing skills, knowing
where to find volunteers. Often with very few
hours and medium pay coordinators/managers
recruit, train, supervise, celebrate volunteers in
their organisations. Satisfaction derives from
matching the right volunteer with the right job
or person and watching a volunteer gaining
confidence, contributing to the vision of the
organisation, being advocates and mostly
doing a great job.
Carol Olsen has been a founding member of
Peoples Advocacy Society to empower people with
knowledge to represent themselves. I recruit, train
and supervise volunteer advocates to provide a great
service to people who need assistance with Government
Departments. Advocates are committed to help people
in a less advantaged situation, gaining great insight and
'I have never regretted my decision to do this and at the
end of each day I look back at what has been achieved
and those I have supported and feel satisfaction.'
New volunteer advocates are always welcome to join this
Toni Hewett has been the Administrator at
Asthma Hawke's Bay since Feb 2010. She has had
many years of experience working both as a volunteer
and a volunteer coordinator for a variety of clubs and
organisations in our Hawke's Bay community.
"I have a huge respect and appreciation for the
contribution volunteers make to the running of an
organisation, their time and effort is invaluable. I could
not have done it without you. Thank you to everyone who
has volunteered at Asthma Hawke's Bay during 2011."
Lydia Thomsen is the Heart Health Advocate
for the Hawke's Bay Branch. Lydia has a background in
Human Nutrition and Public Health and has been with
the Heart Foundation since November last year. 'I'm
passionate about addressing the various heart health
needs people have in their communities. Heart disease
is a global epidemic and the leading cause of death for
both men and women in this country. Our volunteers
and staff dedicate a substantial amount of time to
empower New Zealanders to take care of their heart
health and we're not done yet to 'stop the heart break'.'
Karyn Teddy Most of our nearly 400 Hospice
and Connections shop volunteers have had some sort
of involvment with Cranford Hospice and so they want to
be able to give back to such a worthwhile organisation.
As the Manager of Volunteer Services, Karyn Teddy
supports the delivery of a professional and effective
volunteer service. "I am incredibly fortunate to be able to
be a part of something which can make such a difference
to our patients and their family/whanau. Enabling to live
every moment is incredibly rewarding".
Mairi McInnes is the Service Manager at
Napier Alzheimers Society, I manage a small Team
of 8 including Registered Professionals and trained
Assistants, and 19 volunteers whom without we would
not be able to sustain the effectiveness of our service.
I am passionate about my role I wear many different
hats my role is so diverse. The biggest challenge is
fundraising which is also fun as I get to meet so many
'I feel very privileged to be part of many wonderful life
journeys and gain much satisfaction from assisting to
improve quality of life in individuals with dementia and
My name is Ria Kersjes and I have been a
Community Worker for Age Concern in Havelock North
for years. I visit older people in their homes and try to
help them "open doors' where they can't open.
One of the services that Age Concern is providing is the
"Accredited Visiting Service". This provides friendship,
companionship and links into the community for socially
isolated and lonely people.
This is what I do love in my job; to bring people together
with carefully selected matched and trained volunteer
visitors who are prepared to establish a companionable
relationship and friendship with them.
Volunteering Hawkes Bay
Napier Community House
62 Raffles St, Napier 4140
PO Box 1106
Phone 06 833 6691 • Fax 835 3492
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Inclusive Communities through Volunteering
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We promote Volunteering to
all Sectors in the Community
Organisations -- We can assist you to find
volunteers, provide professional development
training for a successful volunteer programme,
liase and network with you, organise forums to
increase your knowledge of volunteering trends.
Employees in the Community -- We
provide assistance for teams of corporate
volunteers who leave their work place for a day
to complete community projects.
Volunteers -- We offer over 90 jobs with
various organisations in the areas of health,
environment, special needs, education, animals,
practical help, youth, retail, projects and others.
Communities - We can assist you with
recognition and acknowledgement of all
Why should Managers of Volunteers deserve a special day?
Here are ten good reasons:
Because your organisation would not function
Because your organisation would have trouble
recruiting and retaining volunteers without a
manager to get them on board;
Because the manager of volunteers works
wonders to make your volunteer programme
add value to your organisation, to enhance your
Because the manager of volunteers is an
excellent communicator, ensuring the whole
organisation knows what is happening and
keeping volunteers involved;
Because the manager of volunteers reminds
you about why we involve volunteers and why
volunteers are important;
Because there is a training programme, and
ongoing support for volunteers so they are
never left floundering;
Because the manager of volunteers is endlessly
creative and innovative in finding new ways to
Because the manager of volunteers knows your
community and how to tap into resources to
benefit your organisation;
Because we love our manager of volunteers,
and so do the volunteers.
And just because managers of
volunteers are worth it!
PEOPLES ADVOCACY SOCIETY
Sue Chappell is Depot Coordinator for Napier
Community Foodbank Trust. The Trust is an independent
organisation that distributes food parcels to those in
temporary circumstances of hardship. Last year 1720
food parcels were distributed to assist 2463 adults and
3365 children. This would not have been achievable
without their team of volunteers.
"I am extremely fortunate that part of my role involves
the coordination of our 65 wonderful volunteers. Without
them we would not be able to offer this service to those
in need. They have a wealth of experience and the
support they give to Food Bank is amazing."
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