Volunteering is important for many individuals and communities across the world. If you have an interest in becoming a volunteer then the Ōrākei Volunteer Expo may be just the impetus you are looking for.
Terry Moore of the Community Wellbeing Network Ōrākei, which is running the event, explains that this event brings a wide array of local volunteer groups together under one roof. “Like a boat show or a trade fair, our Expo will be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for anyone who is interested in volunteering or in just learning about what local groups do in our communities.”
“We encourage the community to take part in the Ōrākei Volunteer Expo.
There is a surprisingly diverse range of projects, clubs, events and activities in which volunteers can get involved.
Much of what the local board achieves involves the support and mahi of local volunteers” explains Scott Milne Chair of Ōrākei Local Board which is funding the event.
“People discover that starting a volunteer role can help them meet their neighbours, work with like-minded people, become valued for their contributions, and even be a springboard to a career” explains Moore.
Primarily aimed at connecting potential volunteers with volunteer groups, the Ōrākei Volunteer Expo is a rare joint effort by local groups that often work separately. Located on all three indoor courts of the Auckland Netball Centre, St Johns, with plenty of easy on-site parking available..
Families with young children will be delighted with a real fire engine, police car and ambulance on display for them to see and interact with. A supervised Children’s’ Play Area will have a bouncy castle and lots of games to keep youngsters occupied while parents talk with Exhibitors. Food and drinks will be available from the Café at the Auckland Netball Centre.
50 groups have registered for display space at the September 17 Expo, and over 300 people are expected to visit throughout the day.
All are welcome to this free, community driven, volunteer focused event.