Enliven | Positive Ageing Services

We believe everybody
deserves to enjoy life,
whatever their age

Become a volunteer
Become a volunteer

Will you be an Enliven volunteer? Volunteers help ensure our elders have meaning, purpose, fun and companionship in their lives.

Giving back to your community doesn’t need to involve hours of hard labour. With Enliven, it’s about making friends and having fun.

As a volunteer you can give as little or as much time as you wish. You can volunteer on days and times that suit you. There are some volunteer roles that require an regular commitment whilst others are more flexible. There are also one-off opportunities.

As a volunteer you can provide valuable help and support in a number of ways. You may like to:

  • support our recreation officers to run activities and outings
  • talk with rest home residents who don’t speak much English
  • drive our rest home vans on outings
  • help out at special events
  • read the newspaper and letters to residents with sight difficulties
  • provide one-to-one companionship to elders at our rest homes
  • entertain residents with your singing, dancing, music or talent
  • share a hobby
  • teach an elder a new skill, or learn one yourself
  • run bingo, housie or card games
  • help with fundraising and administration.

It’s important that you find your time as a volunteer enjoyable and rewarding. We’ll work with you to find opportunities that are suited to your skills and interests.

Email support@psc.org.nz or call us on 0508 TO HELP to discuss options for volunteering.

Volunteer profiles

The following volunteer profiles and stories may give you an insight into what our volunteers love about Enliven and how you may be able to help.

David Rolls, Kandahar Home volunteer
For Masterton retiree David Rolls nothing is more rewarding than spreading joy and laughter. David says the friendships and satisfaction he gets from volunteering keep him coming back. Read more about why David loves volunteering at Kandahar Home.

Jeanie Anderson and Brigid Kean, Kilmarnock Heights Home volunteers
Bridgid Kean was keen to give back to the community, but wondered what sort of volunteer work she would do with a young baby. Kilmarnock Heights Home provided the answer. Read more about Kilmarnock Heights Home’s mother and daughter volunteer duo.

Jessica Bankos, Longview Home volunteer
For 17-year-old German exchange student Jessica Bakos, volunteering at Longview Home means she can practice her English, and give back to the community at the same time. Read more about Jessica’s experience of volunteering at Longview Home.