Volunteering roles available in Palmerston North.

Keen to apply for it? Contact: info@volunteercentral.nz or 06 354 6027.

Visitor to the Elderly

Make a difference or support an older person who is lonely or socially isolated. Visit an older adult either in the community or in a rest home, for 1 hour each week. Are you a warm, caring, mature, reliable person who can build a rapport with an older person? Training and support provided, prior to introductions. We aim to match volunteer with clients who have interests in common & live nearby one another. References and Police check are required. Need to be a NZ Resident or Citizen, Age 18+years

Friends of the Garden

Garden of Tranquility - a small private garden within the hospital grounds. Light gardening such as dead heading, gentle weeding etc. General garden maintenance - nothing heavier than sweeping the path and smelling the roses. Perhaps planting annuals. People who are able to give a few hours a month as needed - rostered if required and who are interested in gardening are welcome to apply. Parking costs covered.


Listening to callers who may be stressed, suicidal, lonely, or experiencing family or relationship issues. You will work in pairs from Samaritans' call centre in Hancock Community House, 77 King Street, Palmerston North.
Feel good while providing a very worthwhile service to needy people.


Good communicators who we can train/upskill to offer a four-hour shift per month to patrol in the community, in pairs as tasked by police.

Share your Interests with Seniors

Share your hobbies with residents. Singing, painting, crafts, knitting, cross words, dance, reading poetry, making things, fixing things, card making, scrapbooking, family history. A good level of conversational English required.

Visiting and Chatting with Seniors

Visiting and chatting with individuals or small groups of seniors. A police check will be required.

Curtain Bank

Assist with sorting and repairing of curtains for distribution to families in need. Some sewing, ironing.

Shuttle Driver

Driving people safely to and from their vehicle in large car-park. On-call drivers to cover shifts at short notice. Vehicle provided.

Charity Shop Volunteer, Hokowhitu

Sorting donated goods. Front-of-shop work and dealing with customers. Processing sales and providing good shopping experience.


Planting and landscaping. Location currently does not currently have wheelchair/disability toilets, and the ground is uneven, but is accessible. Some tasks can be done from home.

Plant Care

Care of the plants (seedlings) . Caring for seedlings at home to encourage their development before planting into their final locations.

Vocational Services Support Staff

The role involves working with our wonderful team of staff and volunteers providing fun and stimulating activities (crafts, games. outings, sports, etc) in a safe environment for people with a range of physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Starts 8:00am with moving chairs and tables and setting up the room. Day runs from 9.00am until 2.00pm with final pack up be 2.30pm. Staff will help facilitate activities with clients.

Management Committee Member/Support Person

Support of ex-prisoners who are residents, and generally helping to maintain the house.

Retail/Clothes Sorter

Sorting clothes, books and donated goods

Environmental Support Roles

Administration/Committee Roles. A variety of roles available and can be done from home as needed. May be meetings to attend and events.

Friend of the Emergency Dept

Provide comfort and support to patients and family while waiting in ED. Non-clinical role.

Life Skills Mentor

Seeking people to be able to work 1:1 with individuals to develop their life skills - eg cooking, knitting, sewing, gardening, household management, parenting (these are just examples - if you have a skill that can be shared we'd love to hear from you!) Involves weekly sessions of about an hour (usually) until the client achieves competence in the skill they are learning from you.


Someone with similar experience.
Senior/Retired who can help us run our non-profit organisation.

Creative Workshop Assistant

Volunteers assist in gathering local resources eg wood, pinecones, seed pods, and any materials able to be used for craft, and/or assist in the running of the workshops through providing companionship and skill development to keep people engaged and active in their community.

Coordinator of English Corner

Coordinator will be required to organise sessions every Saturday, including conversation activities and materials. Ensure that there are enough volunteers for each session. Run the Saturday sessions (or arrange for another volunteer to run them).

Caring Caller - regionally

Phoning someone on a regular basis to have a friendly chat. Landline phone needed, not suitable for mobile calls. High level of clearly spoken English, as many clients are elderly with hearing impairment. Callers need commitment to continue if employed/gained employment as although not a huge time commitment, it is based on building a relationship via phone. Reliability and commitment to call client as arranged is essential.

Te Reo Tutor

We are looking for volunteers to work one-on-one or in small groups to support men in prison in learning Te Reo.

Housekeeping Volunteers

Housekeeping involves cleaning the unit, cleaning patient rooms and bathrooms, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning windows and giving out morning tea.

Fundraising Coordinator

Identify with Trust or administrator the grants available in each year. Develop a funding plan with dates. Create a transparent system to show funds received and banked.

Trainer Assistant

Support staff to develop and deliver quality education and training to community and staff members. Identify and utilise resources to ensure quality training. Attend training meetings as required. Survey community for education and training needs and promoting training. Pick up participants as required. Maintain van log. Provide support for other activities if available.

Administrator Assistant

Maintain statistics systems. Support staff. Accept donations and pass to Administrator for banking. Report any safety issues with TWK van. Support other TWK events when available. Provide peer support, refer those needing additional support to the Administrator. Report on health and safety concerns in the work place.

Koha Shop Volunteer

Receive donations, record and sort. Fill in stats book when people access support. Provide support during community activities. Support people accessing the shop and refer to administrator when further support required.
Attend community events as staff member of Te Whare Koha

Gardener and Assistant

Manaaki/ look after whanau that access support from Te Whare Koha (TWK).
Maintain and develop the organic community veggie garden at TWK. Harvest veggies for the garden. Maintain and collect garden soil with compost, weeding and planting with organic practicesrailer to collect plants, soil, compost and other materials .

Volunteer Administrator

Manaaki/ look after whanau that access support from Te Whare Koha (TWK).\
Transport people to health and social service appointments in the TWK van \
Drive to collect donations and for other activities undertaken by TWK\
Work as a team member\
Pick up donations, record in the donations book and inform hokohoko /shop staff\
Transport people to health and social services appointments\
Accept donations from people and pass on to administration\
Maintain the TWK van by keeping it clean, checking tires, oil and water, ensure warrant and registration is up to date.\
If there are concerns with the safety of the TWK van please report to the administrator.\
Maintain Van log book\
Inform or check in the senior Volunteer on duty or the Administrator if you are unsure of any thing\
Provide support for other activities if able.\
Provide peer support for people accessing your service or forward people to the administrator if they require further support. \


Manaaki/ look after whanau that access support from Te Whare Koha (TWK).
Transport people to health and social service appointments in the TWK van.
Drive to collect donations and for other activities undertaken by TWK
Work as a team member. Maintain the TWK van by keeping it clean, checking tires, oil and water, ensure warrant and registration is up to date.

Trolley Salesperson

Volunteers take shop trolley around the wards - selling food items, toiletries, drinks, confectionery and fruit to patients, and visitors. Will need to interact with patients. Volunteers would go on roster, min 1 morning (9-11am) a month, with possibility of regular shifts. Parking costs covered. Morning Tea provided at end of shifts.

Volunteer Mentor

As a mentor, you will:
- be a friend to the child, and maintain contact on a regular and consistent basis.
- be a consistent and positive role model by modelling responsible - behaviors such as reliability, respect, honesty, appropriate manners etc. along with a concern for the protection and wellbeing of children
- be supervised by the Agency Caseworker and will remain accountable to him/her.

Builder's Companion (Elderly)

A male companion required to do basic woodwork and play cards etc with an elderly gentleman. Equipment will be provided.

Toy Library Assistant

Assist Toy Library Coordinators with the smooth running of the toy library including: - recording returns and issuing of toys, - counting and checking parts
- tidying toys on shelves, - re-uniting toy parts & renewing packaging
- welcoming members/public and providing information. Computer skill are required to a level of being able to utilise the organisation database.
Volunteers need to be: patient with children and parents, confident with counting , methodical, and able to cope in an environment which can be busy and noisy.

Weekend Cards & Games

Playing cards and games with residents.

Weekend Van Driver

To offer a weekend van ride for our residents around-and-about Palmerston North.

Gardening with Seniors

Assistance required to help potter around the raised gardens, alone or with a resident as they feel able. Spot weeding, planting, trimming - no "BIG" work needed, all equipment available through the Home.

Meditation and Relaxation Leader

We are looking for someone that can lead a small group through meditation & relaxation techniques.

Van Driver

To take our Villa residents shopping once a fortnight to New World.

Singing Leader

Lead a small group of residents to sing.

Hobby Enthusiast

Enthusiastic people who have interesting hobbies that they could share with elderly residents. These could be one-off visits/demonstrations or ongoing sessions that involve the residents with hands on activities.

Cards & Games

Playing cards and games with residents.

Book Group Coordinator for Elderly

A book lover required to read books to elderly residents and lead discussions.


Companions. People that will sit and talk with our residents about day to day life.

Musician, Entertainer

Musicians required to entertain groups of elderly residents on an informal basis.

Board Minute Secretary

Do you have experience taking minutes for meetings? We are looking for a minute secretary to take minutes at their monthly board meetings. The role is for half a day per month with draft minutes post the meeting to be sent to the CEO for final circulation. Experience is preferred and confidentiality is a must, minute style is key note taking with summary of action points. Laptop can be provided.


As a driver you will be out and about the city collecting surplus food. We have a prearranged schedule that we keep, so you will need to be organised and timely. Volunteers required to assist with picking up and delivering of food for a local food charity. We would need you to be cheerful and able to lift. Drivers license not essential for support persons but we are also seeking drivers (full licence required).

Writing Stories with the Elderly

Helping to write the residents life stories. Making a book that their family can look at.

Hand Massage for the Elderly

We are looking for volunteers to talk to the residents while giving them a hand massage. This is for companionship and friendship.

Outing Assistants

Outing assistants travel in the mobility vehicle when the home takes residents out to events, activities and trips. To provide support to the driver, and assist the residents to ensure they have a safe and enjoyable time. A driver and an assistant is needed for each outing. Police vetting will be processed. Outings will be set around the availability of drivers and assistants.

Church Service Pianist

Are you, or have you been, a church pianist or organist? Do you know, love, and play "old" hymns and songs? I would love to meet you. We offer residents a weekly church service in our lounge. The service is usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning at 11am. We would love a pianist to join us, and help us sing our songs and hymns during the service.

Volunteer Driving Mentors

Volunteer driving mentors needed to help former refugees to learn to drive. A practice vehicle with dual control system and full training will be provided. The volunteer must be able to follow the ground rules of training. The programme will runs for 12 weeks throughout the year. Volunteers must have a full driver's licence for at least 2 years, be a commitment required - two hours per week that will suit a volunteer. Police check required.

Gardening Assistant for Dementia Patients

Wanting people to help with the residents to weed the garden in our dementia wing. Police vetting form to be done.

Artist's Companion (Elderly)

To work one to one with residents that like to paint and chat over a cuppa while painting. A police check will be done.

Crafts with the Elderly

Looking for someone to help other staff with crafts and other activities.
Police check will be done.

Shop Assistant (rest home)

Manage the rest home on site shop. Must be able to handle money, and keep a register of sales.
Shop is in the main entry foyer - limited interaction with residents.

Van Drivers

Driving vans to pick up Seniors and bring to activities.
Afternoon tea is provided. The volunteer is welcome to play cards, scrabble etc and interact with the seniors while they are at the Friendship Centre.

Van Helper

Helping the Driver to pick up Seniors to transport to activities event. Putting steps downs, helping in and out of van, ensuring seatbelts are done up. Helping passengers from van to homes. Morning and afternoon tea is provided. Volunteer is welcome to play cards, scrabble etc and interact with the seniors while they are at the Friendship Centre.

Friendship Volunteer

Form friendship with a person with a disability. Take part in activities.
Ongoing learning about disabilities. No experience required.

Charity Shop Volunteer- Central

Sorting donated goods. Processing sales and providing good customer service. This would be great work experience for school leavers, or people re-entering the workforce.

Music Therapy for the Elderly

To be able to work with the elderly making them feel part of the programme.

Walking with Seniors

We are looking for volunteers to take our residents for a walk around the gardens and maybe even to the dairy.

Piano Player or Organist

Playing the piano or organ for our chapel services when needed. Able to relate well with elderly.

Gardening with the Elderly

Able to relate well with elderly. helping the elderly with planting inside and outside plants. Painting pots for the plants.

Cooking with Older People

Cooking with individuals or small groups of older people.

Volunteer Administrator

To assist with general administration duties.
Assist with tasks such as filing, photocopying, data entry, folding mail etc. Assist with retail sales and stock control of the organisations merchandise (if applicable) Maintain positive and professional attitude. Comply with the relevant policies and procedures of the organisation while on duty


Ensure that the rules are followed, Convene Meetings, Chair Meetings, deciding who may speak and when, Oversee the operation of the society, Give a report on the operation of the Society at each AGM, To represent the Support Committee and perform any public speaking role, to encourage effective and regular communication between land and water-based exercise groups.

Gardening Coordinator

Promote and maintain good gardening practice with volunteers and in schools. Liaison with gardening volunteer team and with schools. Ensuring resources are of a good standard and quantity to carry out lessons. This includes preparation for lessons, coordinating lesson at the school, post lesson correspondence and executive responsibilities.

Card and games

Any day or times is fine. For the mans group that need a man to run the group playing cards or playinga game of pool and just general chit chat.

Sewing Stars to Support and Guide Former Refugees

Support and guide former refugee ladies who want to be part of a sewing group.

Street Sign replacement volunteer

Work with Neighbourhood Support Manager to remove old Neighbourhood Support Street signs from Palmerston North, then replace with new signs as groups are confirmed. Manager will provide all equipment and drive the vehicle.

Programme Supporters

To work with in a group setting with the Coordinator to provide and understand life skills experiences for people with criminal backgrounds. Must be male. Pilot programme do 12 weeks as part of an introduction of the programme to the Manawatu.

Book Group Coordinator / Writing Stories

Helping to write the residents; life stories. Making a book that their family can look at.

One-to-One Companion / Builder's Companion / Artist's Companion

Seeking people who are able to work one-on-one with aging individuals for companionship in a supported environment.

Piano Player or Organist / Musician Entertainer / Singing Leader

Someone able to play the piano or organ - especially as an accompaniment to a sing-a-long, does not have to be perfect! Willing and able to relate to the elderly.

Meditation and Relaxation Leader

Someone who can lead a small group through meditation and relaxation techniques.

Van Driver

To offer a van ride for our residents.

Gardening Assistant for People with Dementia

Wanting people to help the residents to weed the garden in our dementia wing.

Shop Assistant

Work with residents to look after the shop.

Cooking with Older People

Cooking with individuals or small groups of older people.

Hand Massage

We are looking for volunteers to talk to residents while giving them a hand massage. This is for companionship and friendship.

Elderly - Hobbies, Games, Crafts

Looking for someone to help other staff with crafts and other activities. Do you have interesting hobbies that they are willing to share - with a demonstration or talk? Volunteer that would like to play a variety of board/card games with the elderly.


The work will initially be pulling out a lot of weeds in the overgrown back garden of two women in their 80s. It will then be maintenance work. The house is in Marriner Street, Highbury.

Walking with the Elderly

Volunteers required to take our residents for a walk around the gardens and maybe even to the dairy.

Mentor for hotaka (programme)

We are seeking mentors for their hotaka (programme) they are seeking people with artistic skills and hobbies to be able to support a group of people to develop interests, skills, and a sense of personal accomplishment in their abilities. The group is held in a contained environment with programme facilitators working alongside the volunteers and group participants.

Client File Management

Moving hard copy files into an electronic client management system.

Governance Committee/Board Members

Seeking up to 3 new Board Members for a not for profit organisation based in Palmerston North. In particular, seeking someone that can take on the role of Treasurer, and someone who is skilled in policy development and governance. The Board is keen to increase their diversity.

Knit and Natter

We have a small group of ladies who enjoy knitting. They have knitted in the past for charity, and they would like someone to knit with them.

Singing and Music with the Elderly

Our residents love to have a sing-a-long, generally to war-era music, but they enjoy any entertainment. We are looking for people who enjoy spending time with the elderly entertaining them and encouraging them to join in.

Nail Pamper Person

We are looking for a person who is able to file and paint nails and who enjoys spending time talking to the elderly.

Van Driver Helper

Help the driver with getting passengers on and off the van, and enjoy a van drive. We are looking for sensible people who enjoy the company of the elderly and would like to take them for country drives in the facility van.

Van Driver

We are looking for sensible people who enjoy the company of the elderly and would like to take them for country drives in the facility van.

Driver for meal deliveries

Meals are collected from PN hospital and are delivered to the identified address. Hot boxes returned to the hospital after deliveries complete. Drivers must be able to lift 3 bins.

Head Gardener

To be main point of contact for Gardening Volunteers, providing advice and guidance around the gardens. To liaise with Director for gardening budget and purchase of new plants and equipment. Work with Volunteers to organise the gardens and talk through ideas/plans of the day. Induct new gardening volunteers using the Gardening Volunteer Induction Form to guide orientation.

Hospital Host

Hospital Hosts are here to welcome people to Palmerston North hospital and to help them find their way. This support will include a warm welcome for patients, whanau, family, help with directions or escorting people to appointments, assisting people in need, helping keep public areas tidy and welcoming, assisting with the evacuation of people from the building during a fire alarm and other tasks agreed with the coordinator.

Support Driver

A driver and support person are required on Thursday evenings from 5pm to 6.30pm to deliver children and young people to their residences following participation in a youth programme. The minibus is provided.
Location for pick up of the van and young people is central PN city, and the van is to be returned there after the run.

Workshop Technician & Handyman for Automotive Development

Working with young people towards pre-apprentice. We are looking for volunteers who like working with young people to help in the workshop and offer general handyman skills whatever they are. If you like helping others towards developing this, it is a rewarding experience.

Gardening, Growing and Cooking

Assisting primary age children to gain understanding about gardening and end up cooking their produce. Gardening and cooking skills not essential - just like being around kids!

Digital Inclusion Tutor

A PN based Information Technology charity is looking for enthusiastic, people friendly, IT savvy volunteers to help tutoring families with school aged children. You will aid with induction and follow up lessons, teaching the basic use of Chromebook, Google Application, online security, and be placed on a roster list choosing freely when you can help depending on your availability.

Refugee Support Volunteer (RSV)

Helping refugee families to become settled and independent. Advocacy, Befriending, Driving (clients), Driving (eg courier), Family Support (e.g. refugees), Mentoring, Shopping, Visiting

Outreach Volunteer

Would you like to spread the word about a great organization? Do you have a few spare hours to spend going around your community (perhaps on your bicycle/in your car)? Are you friendly and approachable? We'd love to have you! This care organization is looking for a promotions/outreach volunteer to do some postering to help get the word out about our community services.

Trolley-Run Coordinator

Volunteers take shop trolley around the wards - selling food items, toiletries, drinks, confectionery and fruit to patients, and visitors. We need a coordinator to organise the roster for this role.

One-to-One Companions

Seeking people that are able to work one on one with aging individuals for companionship in a supported environment.

Esplanade Railway Assistant

Volunteer required to assist with the running of the PN Esplanade Scenic Railway. Roles will be allocated according to the skills of the volunteer.
May involve ticket selling, train driving or guard duty.

Outreach Therapy Pets Volunteer

A programme has been developed to share animal companions in local resthomes and schools. The opportunity is available for people who have a close bond with their pet to be trained as Outreach Therapy Pet Volunteers.

Music Enthusiast

We are looking for an individual or group to provide music activities to our residents. This can either be through playing an instrument or singing and providing entertainment or forming a singing group with the residents. Any form of activity that involves music would be appreciated.


Working on building/engineering projects for the community

Student Support for Literacy, Numeracy & Automotive Skills

Share your skills, experience or give general assistance towards automotive, literacy or numeracy with young learners as they learn workplace skills and build their confidence. Automotive background not necessary, but a passion to help young learner development desirable.