The launch of the new Volunteer Connect Award programme is being held in the Wellington City Council chambers tomorrow from 5:30pm to 7pm as one of a number of functions marking Volunteer Awareness Week.
The Volunteer Connect Award aims to encourage newcomers to New Zealand to take part in volunteer work ant attend seminars and workshops which help them settle in, and feel connected to the local community. Also they will be able to enhance employment opportunities.
The project, an initiative of Volunteer Wellington, Settlement Support Wellington and Wellington Citizens Advice Bureau, will be hosted by mayor Kerry Prendergast.
Other events in this week include Volunteer Hutt’s forum and morning tea tomorrow at the super room behind the Lower Hutt Horticultural Hall from 10am until noon. This features sports representatives Ken Laban and Glenda Hughes, who will take about working with people in different volunteering situations.
On Thursday, the Porirua Business Volunteer Group project will be launched with Habitat for Humanity at The Peppermill in Norrie St as part of the Porirua Chamber of Commerce’s After 5 function.
There will also be a forum with morning tea for volunteers this Friday at the Aotearoa Room of the Mana Education Centre from 10am until noon. The guest speaker will be the Mayor Jenny Brash and National MP Heika Parata.
Another very important date will come together at Volunteer Wellington’s Annual General Meeting being help on Monday 28 June from 4pm until 6pm. Special guest speaker will be Brendon Ward, Volunteer Programme Manager, Rugby World Cup 2011 – New Zealand’s largest event to date. The celebration of an extraordinary year of increased demand our services, growth in volunteer numbers -both for our own organisations and others- and a vibrant movement promoting recognition of the significance of managers and leaders of volunteer programmes, will be our theme. There will be refreshments and entertainment.