Service Section

The aim of the Service Section is to give useful service to others. It is designed to develop a sense of community service and a feeling of responsibility to others. The emphasis is on giving regular commitment to the service activity rather than in a short concentrated time period. In this way, it is hoped that participants will be introduced to a lifetime role of community involvement and voluntary service.


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.

Silver must be completed for a minimum of 6 months of practical service.

Gold must be completed for a minimum of 12 months of practical service (18 months if you are a Direct Entrant).

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:

  1. Practical Service - includes introduction to voluntary service and briefing sessions e.g. charity work/fundraising, helping those in the local community, conservation etc.
  2. Training and Practical Service - includes introduction to voluntary service, training and practical service e.g. adult literacy, fire service, youth leadership, civil defense etc.
  3. Specialised training that results in some form of qualification e.g. First Aid, lifesaving etc. Below are some suggestions of different Service activities:

Service Activity

Possible Organisations

Coaching sports

Sports Administration

Special Olympics - Contact Trudi Bridges on or 027 563 7088.

First Aid

St John

Red Cross

Conservation Work

CUE Haven, Kaipara

Motutapu Island, Hauraki Golf

Department of Conservation


Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust

NZ Trust for Conservation Volunteers

Faith Based Organisations (e.g. helping with administrative requirements, children’s programmes, educational programmes etc.)


Youth Groups


Search and Rescue

Life Saving

Surf Life Saving

Working with Animals


Working with the Elderly

Work in rest homes, retirement villages (not-for-profit).

e.g. Ryman Healthcare

Working with Youth and/or Children



Scouts and Girl Guides

Youth Councils – Contact your local city/district council.

Peer Support work

Peer tutoring

HYPE (Nelson)


Spinning Top (Wellington) - Contact Annie Fischer

Defender Bags (Wellington) - Contact Annie Fischer

Health and Wellbeing


Brain Injury Support

Leprosy Mission (Auckland)

Meningitis Foundation

HYPE (Nelson)

Disability Issues

IDEA Services

IHC - Volunteer Friendship or Skill-based Volunteering

Riding for the Disabled

Equestrian for Everyone

Royal NZ Foundation for the Blind

NZ Deaf Association

Sailability (Wellington)

Laura Fergusson Rehabilitation

'For-Profit' business versus Charity

When volunteering for Rest Homes/Day Care Centres, it is important to know whether or not they are a 'For-Profit' business. If they are 'For-Profit' then participants can only count time spent doing activities that someone would not normally be paid to do. Example; reading to, playing an instrument for, interacting on a personal level with the residents/children. They cannot use activities like cleaning/cooking. Where the organisation is a 'Charity/Non-Profit', all voluntary activity can be counted.

You can read about Ryman Healthcare's Technology Project in their Retirement Villages here.

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