Winning team of volunteers makes an impact

In 10 years, IHC Volunteering has won 19 national, regional and local awards recognising the difference our volunteers make to the lives of people with intellectual disabilities in New Zealand.

The awards have been made for team effort and individual commitment and the accolades have come from local councils, businesses and Volunteering New Zealand groups throughout the country.

The highlight came last year when the IHC Volunteer Programme won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the Ministry of Health Volunteer Awards. It was also the year that Volunteer Coordinator Berenice Langson was presented with the first Leaders of Volunteer Engagement (LoVE) Award by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff.

This year there were three awards. Our team of volunteers in Waikato was runner-up for Team Excellence in the Waikato Volunteer Excellence Awards, and Timaru volunteer Ken Andrews and Ashburton volunteer Jess Bowan were both named Volunteer of the Month by Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury.

IHC National Volunteering Manager Sue Kobar says she and her team of Volunteer Coordinators have focused on developing a strong base to support IHC volunteers and their friends. “It is imperative to stay current and relevant and to make it easy for people to be involved in their communities.

“The awards we have received are a testament to the Volunteer Coordinators’ hard work and the value we place on making sure the volunteer experience is the best it can be,” she says.

“Berenice winning the inaugural Volunteer Engagement Award from Volunteering Auckland is an incredible achievement and very well deserved. It is fantastic to see volunteer centres acknowledging their regional leaders.”

To mark International Volunteer Day on 5 December we want to thank the 825 volunteers in our friendship and skills programmes, who have volunteered a total of 66,330 hours in the past year.

Photo caption: Sarah Jones (left) and Stevie Higham recently won first place in the IHC Volunteer Creative Selfie Competition 2019. The selfie was taken on a trip to the local park to feed the ducks. They were presented with their trophy, certificate and prize at a morning tea, held at Sarah’s house.


This story was published in Community Moves. The magazine is posted free to all IHC members.

Read the full issue of Community Moves online here.