Pippa Sanderson’s experience of volunteering with Volunteer Wellington inspired her to set up a volunteering programme at Arts Access Aotearoa when she joined the staff in early 2011 as its community development advisor.
‘Seeing how well-run Volunteer Wellington is, and its commitment to inclusion and community, got me thinking about setting up a programme at Arts Access,’ she says.
After working with Volunteer Wellington’s Julie Thomson to make sure she was following a sound process for managing and leading volunteers, five different roles were created and Pippa was ready for action.
The five currently working with Arts Access carry out a range of tasks from office support and database entry to social media communications and writing.
‘Our volunteers make a wonderful contribution and it increases what we can do,’ Pippa says. ‘We also enjoy having the volunteers in our office. They are cheerful, interesting people who are eager to learn more about our work.
Alison Robins started at the beginning of 2012 with Arts Access as a volunteer writer. Since then she has written a number of news stories and profiles. In the build-up to the Big ‘A’ Awards ceremony she worked with Pippa on invitation lists and the PowerPoint presentation.
Nada Racic is one of the volunteers at Alpha Art Studio. He works as a scrapbooking workshop tutor. ‘I really enjoy it because the artists do. Working with their disabilities can be challenging. Some people are in wheelchairs and they can’t move or talk – we all learn together.’