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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.

List and manage volunteer roles

Volunteer Referral System

Volunteer Nelson an online volunteer referral service which is also your volunteer management platform – Be Collective! We’re really excited about it!  Be Collective is a social enterprise is all about growing an ecosystem of volunteer involving organisations for social good. We are aiming to get as many community organisations using the system and sharing volunteer opportunities as possible.

The system is powerful and Managers of Volunteers can manage things like shifts and hours for volunteers as well as posting roles and accepting applicants. Volunteers can keep a social record of volunteering they have done. As a manager of volunteers, we want you to feel confident using the system. We think you will find it quite intuitive but we’d love to meet with you to show you around.

Please contact us if you need help set you up with a Be Collective account and a group profile or for your training needs.

We have some online training videos via the links below to help you with creating an opportunity and managing volunteers once you have a Be Collective account and a group set up.

Introduction to Be Collective – create an account and manage a group

Quick video –  Creating an opportunity

Quick video –  Managing volunteers

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

Our online volunteer referral service is powered by Be Collective.  We can offer one on one or group training to introduce you to this software, either at the Volunteer Nelson office or at your organisation.  We can also email you some information to get you started.  Just contact us at [email protected] or on 03 546 7681 ext 1 to organise an time.

Networking and Information

Nelson Community & Whanau Network hui


The Community & Whanau (C&W) Network hui 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’ Newsletter


Volunteer Nelson produce a monthly newsletter for Managers of Volunteers.  It provides updates on the section, information to training opportunities as well as local and national insights.



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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