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Your Time Will Make a Positive Difference

Just do it. You’ve nothing to lose and everything to gain.” – Alasdair Freeborn, volunteer.

Do you want to:
– make a positive difference?
– meet new people and make friends?
– give your day a sense of purpose?
– feel really good about helping other people?

Our volunteers are vital to the work we do at Presbyterian Support. In fact, we couldn’t do it without them! And our volunteers say they
get even more out of it than they put in.

Here are some ways that YOU can help:

Day Programme Volunteer


Enliven day programmes—Totara Club and Harakeke Club—give older people the opportunity to connect with others while maintaining interests and skills, and sharing activities and experiences in the community. The clubs provide activities such as topical discussions and guest speakers, positive reminiscence, indoor games, exercise and relaxation, walking groups, and outings. They’re lively affairs—stimulating, fun, and enjoyable for all involved!

Day programme assistants help our qualified staff by serving meals and morning/afternoon teas, setting up and clearing away activities, supporting and encouraging our senior clients as they participate in the programme, and clearing away dishes after meals.

Time Commitment: Varies – One full day per week (Nelson) or two hours per week/fortnight (Canterbury)

Regions: North Canterbury, Christchurch, and Nelson

HomeShare Volunteer


“What you get out of it is much more than you expect.” – Marilyn McLellan, HomeShare Host

“Just do it. You’ll get far more out of it than you put in – even if the people you’re helping need it more than you.” – Shane Torrance, day programme and minivan assistant in Nelson.

A HomeShare is a smaller and more intimate group for older people held in a person’s home. HomeShare assistants help the Host by serving meals and refreshments, getting involved with activities, and socialising with clients. It’s a great day out for everyone involved!

Time commitment: One full day per fortnight.

Regions: North Canterbury and Christchurch

Minivan Driver


“I’ve met the most fantastic people.” – Alasdair Freeborn, driver

Do you have good driving skills? Would you like to transport older people to and from their day programmes in one of our minivans? You only need a Class 1 D/L licence and will be given on-the-job training and support.

Time commitment: One full day per fortnight.

Regions: North Canterbury

Minivan Assistant (No Driving)


“Just do it, you’ll get far more out of it than you put in” Shane Torrance.

Yours may be the first friendly face our clients see in the morning. Minivan assistants help our drivers transport clients to and from their day programmes. You will meet clients at their front door, help them into the van, and socialise with them on the journey.

Time commitment: One half day per week.

Regions: North Canterbury, Christchurch and Nelson

Medical Appointments Driver


Do you have good driving skills and own a car? Then you could make someone’s day a little easier by driving them to and from their medical appointment. It’s a small thing but makes such a big difference! Clients provide a small contribution toward driver costs. You can choose to do local destinations and/or appointments in Christchurch.

Time commitment: Appointments are one-off, and we work around your availability.

Regions: North Canterbury

Volunteer Visitor


“Volunteering has made me more aware of people in situations I hadn’t thought of before, particularly the elderly.” – Marilyn McLellan, HomeShare host.

Do you like making friends and having a good chat over a cuppa? By committing to visit an older person regularly, you will help to reduce their social isolation and loneliness. It’s as simple as that.

Time commitment: One hour per week.

Regions: North Canterbury


Mentoring is about engaging in a one-to-one intentional relationship with a young person. A mentor can inspire and enable a young person to build social connections, life skills, humour and a positive view of the future. And it’s as easy as a walk in the park, throwing a ball around, or making muffins. Mentoring will challenge you but also “enrich your life beyond measure”. We give full training and ongoing support.

Time commitment: Approximately 1-3 hours per week.

“It doesn’t cost you anything. The only thing you’re giving is your time, which is about the most important thing you can give anyone.” – Jason Aitken, mentor.

Regions: Canterbury, Marlborough