Jaleh McCormack is a social researcher, evaluator and stakeholder engagement advisor with experience supporting organisations to develop and implement programme and business strategies. Jaleh is responsible for developing a national new migrant volunteering strategy for VNZ and the wider volunteering network. 

Introducing Jaleh McCormack

“Kia ora koutou, my name is Jaleh and I have recently joined Volunteering New Zealand to develop a strategy to support volunteering among new migrants. I come from a social research, policy and strategy development background but I am new to the world of volunteering.

Jaleh McCormack

Jaleh McCormack, Programme Advisor – Strategy

“To develop a meaningful strategy that can support your collective efforts to improve new migrants volunteering experiences, it is important that we consider the barriers to volunteering faced by new migrants and the difficulties your organisations have when supporting new migrants. This will help us understand the problems we are grappling with, which can guide the kind of actions we need to take to achieve our outcome of improving new migrants experiences of volunteering.

“In addition to seeking feedback from recent migrants about their experiences, we are also looking at the situation within Volunteer Involving Organisations (VIOs), and at Volunteer Cetnres (VCs).

“To assist me with understanding the problems Volunteer Involving Organisations face engaging with new migrants, I would be grateful if you could participate in a questionnaire we have designed for specifically for VIOs. You can complete our survey now by clicking here.

“If you would rather share your experiences or feedback through email, please feel free to send through your thoughts to comms@volunteeringnz.org.nz.

“I’ll be providing an update on the new migrant volunteering strategy in each newsletter as it progresses. Following on from understanding barriers to volunteering, I will be coming back out to the sector to find out about initiatives already underway to support new migrants so we can build up a centralised toolkit of ‘what works’ resources.

“I am really thrilled to be working at VNZ and making a contribution to the community and voluntary sector. I hope you are able to support this work and I look forward to keeping you informed and engaging with you as each component of the strategy is developing.”

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