Migrant Volunteering Programme

VNZ is working on a nationwide programme of work that aims to deliver better volunteering outcomes for recent migrants. One of the aims of this programme is to facilitate more meaningful inclusion opportunities for recent migrants within community and voluntary sector organisations.

Inclusiveness is a core value of ours here at Volunteering New Zealand, and it is at the heart of this project and we are aiming to provide unique solutions and opportunities that reflect our collaboration throughout the programme with key partners, stakeholders and members. One of the ways we are doing this is by surveying recent migrants, Volunteering Involving Organisations and Volunteer Centres. If you want to contribute to this research either complete our Expression of Interest or by emailing us on comms@volunteeringnz.org.nz and we can connect.

Migrant volunteering programme

Volunteering offers refugees and new migrants the opportunity to be engaged and included in their new communities, which can make all the difference in how they feel about arriving in a ‘new home’.

Volunteering New Zealand will be working with the wider network of volunteer centres in delivering this programme. The programme involves three key initiatives:

  1. A national migrant volunteer-involvement strategy.
  2. A supported volunteering model made available as a national programme.
  3. Migrant and community workshops.

Strategy research

As part of this programme, we are developing a strategy to improve volunteering outcomes for new migrants. Our strategy will focus on supporting people with residence who have lived in Aotearoa New Zealand for five years or less.

We are seeking input to help us better understand the way new migrants engage with volunteering. We will be surveying Volunteering Centres, new migrants and Volunteer-Involving Organisations. Responses will also be used to develop a report to help the community and voluntary sector understand new migrants experience of volunteering, so they can be more responsive.

Connect, contribute or learn more

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in our work in this area. Or, if you would like to contribute to our research or planning in anyway. Please feel free to share any ideas you may for us.

You can connect with us by completing our Expression of Interest  or by emailing us on comms@volunteeringnz.org.nz. Or join our mailing list for updates on this project: Signup