Not sure how to start volunteering? Sometimes the hardest part is taking the first step. Here's our top tips:
- Talk with your friends about volunteering they’re involved in. Tag along with them at their next volunteer event to learn more about it.
- Check out your local library and community centre notice boards for volunteering opportunities.
- Sign up to online newsletters. Many organisations have regular newsletters with information about what they’re up to, and asking for help.
- Be brave and make the first contact. Email organisations or pop into their local office to introduce yourself and ask out if there is something you can help with.
- Use social media for good. Connect with organisations on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and follow what their volunteers are doing.
- Talk to your teachers. They’ll know of school volunteer projects that you can contribute to.
- Teach an older person how to use their computer or Instragram!
- Visit your local volunteer centre (google it) and ask for their support.
- Pick your own project - build team, make a plan and do a project.
There are many organisations and clubs that always need volunteers, and are looking at ways to engage more with young people. Whether you look online, in person, or create your own project - there are easy and accessible ways to get involved with volunteering.
Hey I live in Palmerston North I’m 13 and love animals I would love to volunteer
Kia ora Madi!
Thank you for sharing your passion, we love your enthusiasm 🙂
Please feel free to check out our latest updated page in the Help Centre which can be seen below:
We have uploaded a presentation under the title "Getting started" which may be useful to help you get into volunteering with animals!
If you get stuck at any point, or would like some further guidance, feel free to reach out to us at any time 🙂
Hey! During lock down is there still ways we can put in service hours, and also would things like babysitting our siblings count? thanks
Thanks for your message. For questions surrounding 'what counts' as volunteering, we would direct you to chat to your SVA Service Award Key Contact - these details can be found on the left hand side of your Service Dashboard.