After working for several charities over the years, Jane King knew the value that volunteers bring to voluntary organisations. While on a career break to look after her young family Jane started volunteering. She found it a good way to meet people when she first moved to Aotearoa from the U.K.
Jane currently volunteers in a number of roles: as a Community Patroller and Committee Member for Kāpiti Community Patrol; a Gardener at Greendale Reserve; and a receptionist and gardener for the Kāpiti Cancer Society.
Through these volunteer roles Jane enjoys being outdoors and contributing to native conservation as well as being able to meet people and make a difference to someone’s day. There are many benefits from volunteering in your local community. Jane has found that volunteering provides a sense of wellbeing and achievement, the ability to learn from others and the flexibility to work her volunteer roles around her family commitments.
When asked what would you say to others that might be considering volunteering? Jane notes ‘Just do it! Try something new and don’t be put off if you don’t think you have all the relevant experience. You can bring your skills and experiences to a role also’.