What's On

Attending training courses, workshops or network meetings, can be a useful means of learning and development. There are many opportunities across our regions. Check-in here regularly to find out What’s On.

25 Jul 18

Why story telling is important - and how to do it

Wednesday 25 July, 1.00pm to 2.00pm

Presenter: Sharon Moreham

Venue: Beckenham Service Centre, 66 Colombo Street, Christchurch

RSVP: outreach@volcan.org.nz

Free event


26 Jul 18

New telephone technology for the Deaf, Hearing Impaired, Deaf/Blind, Speech Impaired Roadshow

Come along to hear all about this exciting new technology that will revolutionise the way you communicate via the telephoneIt’s FREE!!

Supper will be served!

"Hearing New Zealand, Deaf Aotearoa and CCS Disability are co-operating with Swedish technology company T-Meeting Global to showcase the most modern telephone technology in twelve (12) locations throughout New Zealand.  Designed to assist those who are deaf or hard of hearing, the new technology provides text to sound, sound to text and other services as a potential replacement for the current but aging Captel and Relay services.

T-Meeting’s purposes are to provide "Solutions for People with Communications Disabilities”. The company’s International Business Co-ordinator, Kiwi Paul Buckrell, will present and demonstrate the new technology in an early evening roadshow in Christchurch on 26 July starting at 6.30pm and finishing around 7.30 – 8.00pm with light refreshments. Entry is free.

Paul says “Our core products are for people who struggle with communication because they are Deaf, because they are Deaf-blind, because they have difficulty speaking, they are Hard of Hearing or have a combination of these.  Not yet available in New Zealand, this is a pre-release look at how communications in the future could be better for such people.”

The venue is Deaf Society of Canterbury, 80 Fitzgerald Ave, and parking is available and accessible.  

Date: Thursday 26 July

Time: 6:30pm – approximately 7:30/8:00pm

03 Aug 18

Accountability: Outcome-based

Friday, 3 August, 8.30am to 9.30am

Guests:  DIA and Rata Foundation

Venue: Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch

RSVP: outreach@volcan.org.nz

Free event

06 Aug 18

Healthy Greater Christchurch invites you to a free public talk Creating Healthier Streets, with Lucy Saunders.

What is a ‘Healthy street’? How can we address air pollution, chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes and obesity through the design of our streets?

Lucy Saunders is an leading international public health consultant who developed the Healthy Streets approach used by Transport for London (TfL). She also authored the world's first Transport Health Action Plan which was also adopted by TfL. 

Lucy will show how physical and mental wellbeing can be boosted using epidemiology, transport planning and urban design, and how this also increases vibrancy, inclusivity, safety and sustainability.  Lucy will also be joined by local experts for a panel discussion.

In New Zealand to speak at the New Zealand Walking and Cycling conference, we are lucky to have Lucy visiting Christchurch and speaking at this free event.   

Register here for this exciting opportunity to hear from a world expert, network and engage.

All welcome.  Please share among your networks.

Time:   4-6.30pm
Venue: Function Room, Level 1, Christchurch City Council
Civic Offices, 53 Hereford St

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09 Aug 18 06 Sep 18

Salvation Army - Men's Group Positive Lifestyle Programme

This course is designed to enhance self-awareness and to enable a better understanding of personal strengths.
Seven weekly two-hour session scovering topics that include:
- Stress
- Grief and loss
- Problem solving and conflict resolution
- Assertiveness
- Self esteem
- Goal setting
Thursdays: 10am - midday

People can self-refer by phoning us on 03 3668128. 

Alternatively you can email a referral to: christchurchcity_corps@nzf.salvationarmy.org

28 Aug 18

Volunteering Canterbury AGM



Volunteering Canterbury gives notice that its Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 August 2018 at 4.30pm at Christchurch Community House.




1)       Karakia/Welcome

2)       Apologies

3)       Minutes of previous Annual General Meeting held 25 July 2017.

4)       Notification of General Business

5)       Annual Report

•             Chairperson

•             Managers

6)       Accounts for year ended 31 March 2018.

7)       Appointment of Auditor   

8)       Annual Subscriptions

9)       Changes to Trust Deed:

          (i)         Meetings

                        Current Wording to be deleted

                       10.4  Meetings

                       10.4.1   The Board shall meet at least ten times during the year, at

                                    times and places determined by the Chairperson.

                       10.4.2   The quorum shall be not less than five members of the

                       10.4.3  The Board will ensure that minutes of meetings are recorded

                                   and are available to members


Volunteering Canterbury Board moves the following wording in its place as approved at its meeting on 26 June 2018:


10.4  Meetings

10.4.1   The Board shall meet at such places and times, and in such manner, as it shall determine.

10.4.2    The quorum shall not be less than 55% of members of the Board.

10.4.3   The Chairperson of the Board shall chair Board meetings, or in his/her absence the Deputy Chairperson, or in the absence of both the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson, the meeting shall be chaired by another Board Member as determined by the Board.

10.4.4     The Board will ensure that minutes of meetings are recorded and are available to members

10.4.5   A resolution in writing, signed or assented to by facsimile, or other form of visible electronic communication by all the Board Members shall be as valid and effectual as if it had been passed at a meeting of Board Members. Any such resolution may consist of several documents in like form each signed or assented to by one or more Board Members.

10.4.6     A meeting of the Board may be held where one or more of the Board Members is not physically present at the meeting, provided that:

(a) all persons participating in the meeting are able to communicate with each other effectively, simultaneously and instantaneously whether by means of telephone or other form of communication;

(b) notice of the meeting is given to all the Board Members in accordance with the procedures agreed by the Board;

(c) if a failure in communications prevents 10.4.5 a) from being satisfied and such failure results in the quorum not being met, the meeting shall be suspended until condition a) is satisfied again. If such condition is not satisfied within 15 minutes from the interruption the meeting shall be deemed to have terminated or adjourned.


            (ii)        Vision/Mission/Objectives

                        Current Wording to be replaced

                        2  VISION

                            Supportive communities where voluntary work is understood,

                            recognised and valued

                        4  MISSION

                            To promote, support, and uphold the integrity of voluntary work

                            with commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

                        5  OBJECTIVES

                            The Vision, Definition and Mission underpin the following


                            5.1        To uphold the rights and responsibilities of volunteers

                            5.2        To recruit volunteers, educate them about voluntary work,

                                         and support them to assist not-for-profit organisations,

                                         charitable organisations, and people in need.

                           5.3         To provide and promote information and resources on


                           5.4         To provide training and support for organisations which

                                         involve volunteers

                           5.5         To increase awareness of the value of voluntary work,

                                         which is part of a wider definition of work

                           5.6         To promote cross cultural understanding where the

                                         unique role of tangata whenua is recognised

                           5.7         To operate efficiently and effectively as a model for other

                                         voluntary organisations.


                           All the above objectivess are for charitable purposes in

                           New Zealand.


Volunteering Canterbury Board moves the following wording in its place as approved at its meeting on 31 March 2017:

2 Vision

People and communities prospering through volunteering

4 Mission

Enable the successful employment of volunteers by not-for-profit organisations, and promote the benefits of volunteering to people and communities

5 Values

Integrity, respect, inclusiveness and service, with a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

6 Strategies

•           Recruitment

o          be the ‘go-to place’ for both volunteers looking for roles and not-for-profit organisations looking for volunteers

o          recruiting volunteers for our members and arranging group volunteering

•           Support

o          provide excellent training and networks for not-for-profit organisations to prosper

o          to uphold the rights and responsibilities of volunteers

•           Promote

o          promote Volunteering Canterbury and volunteering effectively across our rregion

•           Manage

o          create a culture of resilience, cooperation and financial sustainability

o          to operate efficiently and effectively as a model for other voluntary organisations

•           Marketing

o          attract new members, volunteers and funders


9)       Election of Trust Board

10)     General Business

Meeting closes



Nominations are now open for Board members!  https://gallery.mailchimp.com/00fb0626dc8c50f482aa8898c/files/69de5105-dce2-4542-8188-8f6d959834ef/Nomination_form_2018.doc