Pathway helps people make a fresh start, but we can’t do it without our network of fantastic volunteers.
Approximately 21.5% of Kiwis undertake volunteer work, donating 60 million hours of labour to our communities each year. Our efforts over the last ten years place us in the top three most generous countries according to the Charities Aid Foundation World Giving Index, and New Zealand is the only country to feature in the top 10 on all three giving measures which make up the Index; helping a stranger, donating money and volunteering time.
We are looking for people who share our passion for seeing someone turn their life around. We need help with a wide range of jobs, both big and small, regularly or on an ad hoc basis. Every hour our volunteers and mentors give is greatly appreciated, be it once a year, once a month, or once a week.
Right now we are looking for:
- A driver to collect clients from their homes on Tuesday evenings and take them to an alcohol and drug support group, then drop them home afterwards. Time commitment - around two hours per week.
This is a crucial part of their rehabilitation and contributes towards our goal of reducing reoffending rates. Our clients say this transport service is often the difference between them being able to attend or not, and that the conversations they have along the way with our current volunteer are just as important as the support they get during the group session. It is a place to offload.
- A handyman, someone with basic carpentry, painting, plastering, and general fix-it skills to do odd jobs around our reintegration flats and the Pathway office as things arise. Time commitment - on average one hour per week.
Every one of our volunteer roles is important. For the most part, we look for people with an open mind, a loving heart, and humility. This goes a long way when establishing a connection with someone who may need a lot of encouragement to see their own potential. Teaching roles will also require knowledge and skills in the relevant area.
General volunteer roles
Drivers for pick ups and drop offs
Employment recruitment support
Teaching and specialist volunteer roles
Writing skills tutors
Kapa haka tutors
Book club tutor
Drug and alcohol support
Pathway mentors walk alongside someone during their reintegration journey to provide positive social interaction. Mentoring is about showing genuine interest in someone else. Our mentors don’t take on an “expert on life” role, they are simply a friend, which means taking an interest in their day so they know someone cares.
This might be regular catch ups, texts, phone calls or doing something with your mentee. Initially we ask for weekly contact but it’s a relationship that will eventually find it’s own balance.
If you are interested in a volunteering role please contact:
Renee Jones, Support Services Coordinator
Phone +64 3 982 485
Or apply through our website, www.pathway.org.nz.