Volunteer South launches database

Alison Carrington volunteering as part of the COVID welfare response.

Members of the public across Otago are now able to register as an Emergency Volunteer (EV) using Volunteer South’s new emergency volunteering online database. 

This emergency volunteering capability has been developed by Volunteer South (formerly Volunteering Otago and Volunteering Central) in direct response to the welfare response collaboration during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Central Lakes Manager Gillian White said that Volunteer South was “keenly aware” of the volunteer needs of the wider Southern region, particularly those that occur during an emergency. 

The capability and the eagerness of the community to volunteer had led to incredibly strong community led-initiatives that “transcended the usual call of duty” - including emergency responses to the Wānaka floods in 2019 and this year’s Covid-19 welfare crisis, with teams in both Central Lakes and Dunedin/Waitaki/Clutha supporting the welfare response with local councils. 

Volunteer South Manager Leisa de Klerk said the new database was “a great addition to our website whereby people from the public are able to register as an EV whenever they want and can update and withdraw their details at any point of time.”

“At the time of registration, EVs will be able to tick checkboxes with their skills and provide any relevant information to ensure that, in an emergency, we will then send the correctly skilled people to the area where those skills are needed,” she added.

Volunteers could fulfil a range of roles in an emergency, including community coordination, practical tasks, welfare and logistics. 

The Emergency Volunteering link is now live on the Volunteer South website with more information about this initiative provided. 

Read edition 997 of the WānakaSun here.

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