Want to volunteer?
What are you interested in?
We have a diverse range of community organisations registered with the Gisborne Volunteer Centre. Check out our current list of exciting volunteering opportunities, or contact us direct.
Are you a community group looking for volunteers?
If you are not registered with us and would like to join the Volunteer Centre, please fill in the Organisation Registration Form and then complete the Request for Volunteer form. There are no costs involved.
Registered organisations can request volunteers and provide details of new job opportunities by completing the Request for Volunteers Form
Need a volunteer?
We would like to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering for a specific organisation or in a particular area.
Not registered yet?
If you've found a voluntary position you'd like to know more about, or you just want to register, please complete our on-line Volunteer application. We'll be in touch and point you in the right direction.
Or alternatively you can contact us by email, phone or visit our office.
Any information you give will be managed and stored in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act 1993. You have the right to see and correct your personal information. This information will be used solely for referring you to a suitable volunteer position, for checking the results of any referral, and for non-identifying statistics to enable us to monitor trends and seek funding.
Online registration and referral is available only to those over sixteen years of age. By completing this form, you confirm that you are over sixteen years old.
This information kit has been prepared to inform volunteers of their rights and responsibilities when working for not‐for‐profit organisations. The contents are intended to encourage people to volunteer with the knowledge that they are supported and have access to resources and training.
The membership information kit provides information on rights and responsibilities, policies and code of practice, guidelines and tips for community groups looking for volunteers
We meet with community groups to learn about your organisation and your volunteer needs helps to build capacity in the volunteering community. We are able to help organisations identify roles and list positions.
Want to volunteer and travel?
If you're interested in volunteering anywhere here in NZ, or overseas - click here for organisations who might be able to get you started!
Keeping your volunteers safe
It is important to Gisborne Volunteer Centre that all volunteers are kept safe and well in their voluntary roles, and that both the volunteers and the organisations they volunteer for take all practicable steps to ensure this.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) states that an organisation that is a 'Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking' (PCBU) has a primary duty of care to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their workers (including volunteer workers) and other people on site (such as visitors or customers, including casual or one-off volunteers).
Examples of a PCBU are a local council, school or a not-for-profit organisation that employs staff.
The Act makes workplace health and safety everyone’s responsibility. ‘Reasonably practicable’ means actively identifying any risk or hazard, assessing the likelihood of that occurring and the degree of harm that might result, and then eliminating or minimising the risk or hazard.
The primary duty of care includes, but is not limited to providing:
• a work environment that is free from risks to health and safety
• safe equipment, structures and systems of work
• provision for safe use, handling, and store of plant, substances, and structures
• adequate and accessible welfare facilities
• the necessary information, training, instruction, or supervision to do the work safely
• monitoring of worker health and workplace exposures to assess effectiveness of controls
The same level of protection must be given to volunteer workers as paid workers.
It is vital that all of Gisborne Volunteer Centre’s member organisations understand their responsibilities, and we encourage you all to ensure you are up to date with your Health and Safety policies, procedures and reporting.
Please read the Work Safe new Zealand fact sheet ‘Information For PCBUs That Engage Volunteers’ here: https://worksafe.govt.nz/dmsdocument/869-information-for-pcbus-that-engage-volunteers
Courtesy of Volunteering Waikato
Health and Safety when volunteering
It is important to Gisborne Volunteer Centre that all of the volunteers we work with or refer have a safe and enjoyable experience whilst undertaking their voluntary roles.
If you are a volunteer you must take reasonable care of your own safety and take care not to do anything which could harm another person. You should follow all reasonable safety instructions given to you when you are volunteering at one of our member organisations, so that they can comply with their Health and Safety obligations.
When you are a volunteer worker you have the same health and safety duties as paid workers. In addition to the duties above you must also co-operate with any reasonable health and safety policy or procedure of the organisation you are volunteering at, as long as this has been notified to you.
Reasonable care means that you should do what a reasonable person would do in the same circumstances. This is for you to determine; however, the following considerations may be helpful:
• the skills and knowledge you have
• what the risks and outcomes are
• the resources you have available
Some steps you can take include:
• only doing tasks that have been assigned to you
• only doing tasks that you have been trained to do or are familiar with
• not doing tasks that you think are unsafe
• reporting new hazards and risks to the organisation you are volunteering at, and to Gisborne Volunteer Centre
• being familiar with the organisation’s health and safety policies and rules
• providing feedback on health and safety issues
• using any personal protection equipment that is provided, and storing and maintaining it as instructed
• participating in health monitoring programmes
• reporting any serious harm incident to the organisation you are volunteering for, and to Gisborne Volunteer Centre immediately. If you are in doubt, please report.
TO NOTIFY, or for any enquiries, contact Gisborne Volunteer Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 8684522
For more information about Health and Safety in regards to volunteering, read the Work Safe New Zealand 'Information for Volunteers' fact sheet here: https://worksafe.govt.nz/dmsdocument/872-information-for-volunteers
Courtesy of Volunteering Waikato