Volunteer Enquiry Form

Do something with your day!

No matter what your skills or talents, we are bound to have an interesting role to fit. Whether you only have a few hours to give, or can assist on a more regular basis, there’s something you can do to lend a hand in your community. 

Currently in Dunedin and across Otago, there are opportunities to volunteer in the following programmes:

  • Buddy Programme – become an adult buddy and mentor a child aged between 4 and 12. Adult mentors enrich children's lives with shared time, friendship and encouragement. 2-3 hours per week, minimum 12 month commitment, throughout Otago. 
    Volunteers need to be aged 20 years and over. For more details about the Bubby Programme, click here.  

  • Shop on Charity Shops and Warehouse - enjoy interactions with customers, staff and volunteers while working in on of our retail shops, the online shop or warehouse. Price goods, sell, manage and sort incoming donations. Dunedin only, Monday - Sunday. Volunteers that can make a minimum 6 month commitment or longer are preferred. See below for current vacancies. 

  • Club Enliven - help older people to take part in a range of activities to help them stay connected and active. Roles can involve helping with activities, kitchen duties and social interaction. There are also volunteer driver roles, driving clients to and from Club Enliven so they can participate in the programme - own or provided vehicle. Dunedin Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays, Alexandra Thursdays, Taieri Monday - Friday. This role requires a minimum 6 month commitment or longer. More information about Club Enliven in the current vacancies below. 

  • Stepping Stones – work with adults who need extra support to get back into employment. Assist with activities, like sewing, woodwork and cooking, give a talk, entertain or train the participants. South Dunedin, Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays. 

  • Visiting Volunteers in the community - help an elderly person or socially isolated person stay connected. Provide regular, ongoing contact and good company for people living alone in their own home. Throughout the Dunedin area. This role requires a minimum 6 month commitment or longer. See below for current vacancies. 
  • Residential Aged Care Homes - visit with elderly residents enabling them the opportunity to live active and social lives. Spend time on shared interests, helping residents take part in activities, develop new friendships and explore new experiences. This role requires a minimum 6 month commitment or longer. Throughout Otago, see below for current vacancies. 

  • Family Works Foodbank - support the foodbank from behind the scenes. Sort and record donations, stack shelves and rotate stock, put together emergency food parcels for families and individuals. The foodbank currently has a full volunteer roster. 

  • Team or Group volunteers. If you have a team, workplace, class or groups that would like to give back to the community please get in touch on the details below as we have a number of projects perfect for groups. 

Current Vacancies

Van Driver - Club Enliven Dunedin - 3hrs per week

A volunteer van driver is required short term for 6 months. 9am - 10am and 3pm -4pm Tuesday, 9am -10am Wednesday.

We are looking for a volunteer to drive up to 7 older people from their homes to Club Enliven at 407 Moray Place, and collecting them from Club Enliven and taking them home at the end of the day.

We hope volunteers will enjoy enabling older people to live an active and social life. They will have the opportunity to be active, engage with older people and develop new friendships.

Volunteers are required to have a full clean drivers licence. Experience driving a fan is preferable however training will be given. Additionally volunteers should be friendly and reliable, have a caring and respectful attitude, be happy to chat to older people and be fully respectful of confidentiality.

For more information, contact Rachel on 03 470 0816 or volunteer@psotago.org.nz.

 Op Shop retail and warehouse volunteers - Dunedin

Are you passionate about shopping? Do you enjoy helping people find 'just what they're looking for'? Then this might be the role for you! We need retail assistants to work at one of our busy retail stores - Shop on Carroll or Op Shop on St Andrew. You'll be helping with displays, stocking shelves, serving customers, and keeping the shop clean and tidy. 

Prefer to work behind the scenes? We have a warehouse and online shop based at Shop on Carroll. You'll be sorting and preparing donations for sale and pricing goods. Do you have a hobby, passion or interest? We encourage volunteers to work in an area of personal interest e.g. books, fabrics, vintage items, photography, modelling or ecommerce.  

Various shifts available Monday - Saturday. 10am - 1pm or 1pm - 4/5pm. These role prefer volunteers that can make a minimum 6 month commitment or longer.

You need to be enthusiastic, honest, hard-working, a great communicator, and a team player.
You'll receive full training and will always be working with another person.

Profits from Shop On sales go back into the Otago community, helping to support the various Family Works services and programmes we offer. PSO does not offer a staff or volunteer discount, as prices are already low. Before staff and volunteers have the opportunity to make a purchase, items must be sorted, priced and have been on the shop floor for a set amount of time prior to purchase. A record of staff and volunteer purchases is kept in each shop. 

For more information about this role, please contact us using the details below.

Buddy Programme - all Otago. Urgently required in Dunedin, Clutha, Hawea. 

We're looking for responsible adults who want to contribute positively to the life of a child. You'll spend time with a child who needs extra support from a reliable and consistent adult mentor, taking part in low- or no-cost activities, encouraging positive interests, attitudes, values, and behaviour.

You'll be matched with a child with similar to interests to yours, and you'll meet at a time which suits you both. There is extensive training, plus ongoing training and support, as well as the opportunity to take part in group activities with other Buddy pairs. Volunteers need to be at least 20 years of age and need to be able to spend 2-3 hours per week with their young buddy for at least 12months from the time you are matched. Visit our Buddy Programme page here.

If you're interested in volunteering your time as an Adult Buddy, please contact us using the details below.

Club Enliven; Drivers or activity/kitchen assistants - Dunedin, Taieri and Alexandra

Do you have a car, drivers licence, and a little time to spare?  You might like to help our Club Enliven members get to and from Club activities. 

Social engagement and meaningful activity are essential to a healthy, happy life, no matter what your age.  Club Enliven is for people over 65 years and offers a range of social activities including discussions, presentations from guest speakers, singing and music, craft, outings, cooking and meals.  Many of our members are no longer able to drive and rely on volunteer drivers to assist them in getting to and from Club Enliven. 

Dunedin driving volunteers are needed between 9-10am and 3-4pm on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Taieri driving volunteers are needed between 9-10am and 3-4pm Monday to Fridays. 
Activities/kitchen assistants are needed between 10am and 3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This role requires a minimum 6 month commitment or longer.

If you're able to help us out, please contact us using the details below.

Care Home Volunteer - St Andrews, 8 Easther Crescent, Kew, Dunedin

St Andrews offers hospital and rest home dementia care. We are always recruiting volunteers for variety of roles. From playing the piano to assisting residents on van outings. Gardening to writing letters, singing to sorting photos and everything in between. You might like to be a companion volunteer, you will be carefully matched with a resident and visit with them on a regular basis. Spend time chatting, help with a small project (e.g. sorting photos), go for a walk with them or whatever you choose.
Activity assistants help get residents to and from activites and assist with afternoon tea, happy hour and games.

We are looking for sociable, flexible volunteers who are physically capable of pushing an adult in a wheel chair.

All out volunteers roles really make a difference to the people we work with, helping them stay connected and keeping them active. 

If you're able to help us out, please contact us using the details below.

Ross Home - North East Valley, Dunedin

We are looking for volunteers to help out for a few hours in the afternoons, you could be spending time walking a resident around the gardens and local area, chatting to less mobile residents during activities or spending time visiting residents in the dementia unit. 
Various times, 7 days a week. 
This role requires a minimum 6 month commitment or longer.

For more information about this role, please contact us using the details below.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer with Presbyterian Support Otago, or, to apply for a position, contact the volunteer coordinator on 03 477 7115, email volunteer@psotago.org.nz or Volunteer Enquiry Form.

For further information about volunteering in your local area, visit your local Volunteer South branch.