Are you interested in sharing your skills and knowledge, building your network of friends, learning about New Zealand’s rich history from those who were a part of it and keeping our residents up to date on what is happening in their community?
If so, Leslie Groves Residential Services has an opportunity for you.
Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, they may be retired or at school, members of the local community, church groups, schools, pet therapy groups, entertainment groups, cultural groups and corporate bodies. They bring with them a huge amount of life experience, unique knowledge, special skills and qualities plus a good sense of humour is always helpful!
No formal qualifications are required for our volunteer positions, just a warm and willing heart, a cheerful nature and a few hours of your time. As a volunteer, you have time to listen in an unhurried way offering conversation and companionship to our residents. Sometimes residents feel more comfortable talking with someone who is not emotionally involved, such as family or friends. In some cases, residents no longer have family or do not have family close by who can visit and as a volunteer, you can help fill that void.
Some examples of what volunteers do: listening and chatting with residents; reading the paper; reading and writing letters; helping residents with their recreation and hobby activities; setting up and running a group eg housie, scrabble, cards, quizzes; going for walks; accompanying residents on outings and assisting residents at meal times.
Some examples of what volunteers DON’T do: provide nursing care, provide intimate personal care, lift or transfer the resident or administer medication.
People from all walks of life are welcome whether you are retired, at school working towards a service award or can spare a few hours. We run a thorough orientation program where you will be encouraged and supported by caring staff. With a flexible program we are happy to work with whatever hours you can offer whether it is assisting with a one of function, setting a weekly or monthly date or helping out daily every bit makes such a big difference and really helps to brighten the day of our residents. You just may be surprised at how much you’ll receive in return!!
Register your interest as a Leslie Groves Volunteer by filling out the contact form below and be sure to put “Volunteer With Us” in the subject line. All enquiries will be treated in confidence and answered promptly. We look forward to hearing from you.