Volunteers grow people, open minds, open hearts and create joy. Anne Malcolm shares her inspiring volunteering story, and 70 year old family scone recipe, as she reflects on the benefits of volunteering. 

The benefits of volunteering

Kiwis love a good cheese scone and 80 year old Christchurch grandmother Anne Malcolm’s recipe might just be one of the best! She first started making it when she was 10 years old and hasn’t changed it in 70 years.

As a volunteer baker for Good Bitches Baking, Anne delivers her scones to organisations like Home and Trauma and Dementia New Zealand for care-givers mornings teas. She credits ‘slishy sloshy’ dough that’s not too dry as a key to their success and doesn’t really measure anything.  The proof is in the glowing feedback she gets.

“To know that it’s appreciated is just lovely. You need to know you’re still of value in this world”

Baking is her passion so being able to do that for other people is a joy and she highly recommends it for good mental health.

Anne’s advice for people who have never considered volunteering and may find themselves with more time at home. “Get out there and volunteer! It’s  an amazingly productive thing to do because it helps other people but most of all it helps you. You’re learning new stuff, you’re mixing with new people, making new friends and contacts.”


the benefits of volunteering

Anne’s story is part of Volunteering New Zealand’s video series, launched to celebrate National Volunteer Week (21-27 June). This series showcases a diverse range of personal stories of mahi aroha, volunteering and social action. Volunteers grow people, open minds, open hearts and create joy.

We hope this video inspires you to connect with a community or cause you care about: volunteeringnz.org.nz/finding-volunteer-roles/