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Whether you support one or a hundred volunteers, we can help! These resources are for anyone who coordinates volunteers, with everything from welcome pack templates and links to guidance on Health and Safety and retaining volunteers. Your role is a crucial one. Volunteers depend on clear tasks, the right information, a bit of appreciation and a well-supported contact person. This is your page with a wealth of inspiration, guides and tools so you can be a confident volunteer coordinator.

Volunteer Referral System

If you are new to managing your volunteer roles listing with Volunteer Nelson, for your organisation click here to Sign Up as an organisation user and create a new user profile on our system.

Sign Up as an Organisation User

The process after you sign up is that you will be sent an automated email asking you to follow a link to verify your email address. Then Volunteer Nelson will finalise your profile and let you know when its ready to use (within 2 working days). From there you can manage volunteer roles listings for your organisation.

If you’re already registered to manage your volunteer listing, login is at the top of the page.

If your organisation hasn’t registered with Volunteer Nelson before, email or phone the friendly team to get started, [email protected] or 03 546 7681.

Keep in the loop

Every month Volunteer Nelson produce a succinct, informative newsletter to keep you up to date with upcoming trainings, events, volunteering related information, advice and more. Sign up to get this in your inbox each month.

Training opportunities

Governance Round Table sessions 

The Governance Round Tables offer a deeper dive on the practicalities of common non-profit board dilemmas. Places are strictly limited (15) so we can sit around a table and together apply real-world improvements to our individual different boards, with the advantage of Garth’s extensive governance experience.

For more information on this year long series of free sessions, take a look at our Governance page.

Engaging the Older Volunteer

Workshop: Thursday 24th October 2019, 9:30 am-12 noon
Activities Room, Elma Turner Library, Halifax Street, Nelson
Facilitator: Ruth Collingham, Age Concern
Cost: $FREE (tea and biscuits provided for morning tea – koha appreciated)

The shocking fact is that volunteering hours have fallen by 42% (as indicated by census data).

By 2031, 26% of the population will be over 65. This means that as community organisations we will need to actively engage the older volunteer, who has heaps of experience and knowledge, in order to survive.

Join Age Concern and Volunteer Nelson to learn how to attract and retain the older volunteer and take away practical ideas to adapt to your own organisational needs.

Register online here.

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Networking Opportunities

Nelson Community & Whanau Network


The Community & Whanau (C&W) Network meetings are an opportunity for staff and volunteers from community organisations to get together on a monthly basis.  These meetings provide a forum where issues, ideas or projects of interest can be raised and discussed, and valuable information, ideas and strategies shared.

Meetings are held monthly in Nelson, Richmond, Motueka and Golden Bay.

Managers of Volunteers’ Network


Volunteer Nelson runs biannual networking meetings for those who coordinate volunteers in organisations that involve volunteers – whether they are volunteers themselves or paid staff. These network meetings are usually timed around major annual events such as National Volunteering Week in June and International Volunteer Managers Day on 5th November.



This link takes you to a selection of resources on Governance, from tips for an effective board through to involving volunteers from diverse cultural backgrounds, risk toolkit and more.

Organisation Manager

Are you the manager of a not-for-profit organisation? If you are then this is the link for you.


Your rights as a volunteer, techniques to improve your personal effectiveness and job seekers’ workbook – you can find these resources here.

Managers of Volunteers

Are you looking to development your volunteer programme? Recruit, support or monitor volunteers? There are some valuable resources here including the Volunteer New Zealand’s Competencies for Managers of Volunteers, risk toolkits and H&S information.

Managers of Organisations and Volunteers

There are a fair number of you super busy people in the community sector, so we’ve combined your resources here. From your communications plan, competencies for managers of volunteers, volunteer investment value and audit tool, risk toolkits, monitoring volunteers are more.

A further place to look for resources is CommunityNet Aotearoa, a resource hub maintained by The NZ Navigator Trust. It is a collated selection of resources designed for strengthening communities.

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