Young people must provide a Service within their community and provide this for a minimum of 1 hour per week over the time period they choose - this must be completed in their leisure time.
Bronze choice is for a minimum of 3 or 6 months of practical service, OR a training course followed by practical service spread evenly over the number of months chosen.
Silver must be completed for a minimum of 6 or 12 months (direct entrant) of practical service, OR a training course followed by practical service spread evenly over the number of months chosen.
Practical service following a training course should be at least 20 hours if 6 months or 40 hours if 12 months.
Gold must be completed for a minimum of 12 or 18 months (direct entrant) of practical service, OR a training course followed by practical service spread evenly over the number of months chosen.
Practical service following a training course should be at least 40 hours if 12 months or 90 hours if 18 months.
At all levels practical service must be carried out following a training course giving participants the opportunity to utilise the Service skill acquired e.g. being available at sports matches to provide first aid if required.
There are three types of Service you can do
- Practical service - includes introduction to voluntary service and briefing sessions eg charity work/fundraising, helping those in the local community, conservation
- Training and practical service - includes introduction to voluntary service, training and practical service eg adult literacy, fire service, youth leadership, civil defence
- Specialised training that results in some form of qualification eg first aid, lifesaving.
Below are some suggestions of different Service activities
- Coaching sports or getting involved with sports administration
- The First Tee is a Golf-Based Youth Development Programme and often needs volunteers their site is here
- Get involved with some coaching with Special Olympics. Contact in Auckland is Kay Harrision on 027 563 7088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Help the Auckland Brain Injury Association, they are always looking for volunteers to help with collections, fundraising and admin. Contact Amber 09 5712605 or email email@example.com
- Volunteer for Sailability. They need volunteers in the Wellington region contact Maureen 04 9722095
- Volunteer for Leprosy Misson NZ. In the Auckland area. Contact John 0800 862 873
- Volunteering for The Meningitis Foundation. They need volunteers throughout NZ, make contact via their website
- Giving assistance in rest homes/private hospitals
- Getting involved with Lifeline
- Getting involved with community agencies such as CCS, IHC, NZ Deaf Association, Royal NZ Foundation for the Blind
- Helping at children’s after school programmes eg Pridelands
- Organising clean ups linking with the Dept of Conservation
- New Zealand Trust for Conservation Volunteers
- YMCA or YWCA Programmes
- Helping faith-based organisations eg assisting with administrative requirements of group, helping look after children or providing an educational programme
- Planning, executing and reporting a fundraising event
- Regular weekly support of a local sports team
- Contact Community Volunteer Centre
- First Aid eg St John, Red Cross
- Peer Support work
- Peer Tutoring
- Volunteer with the restoring the natural ecological environment on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf or Cue Haven on the Kaipara
- Volunteering on Youth Councils - contact your local city/district council in the first instance
- Water Care and Quality Monitoring for Community and Youth Groups - See the Waicare website
- Check out your local community for other opportunities eg in Nelson getting involved with HYPE and the Silverlight Squad
- Getting involved in "Clean up the World" - visit their website here to find service opportunities in your area