Volunteers are crucial to the work of Manaaki Tāngata | Victim Support. With their help we can support thousands of people across Aotearoa New Zealand who are affected by crime, suicide and traumatic events every year. Volunteers come from all walks of life, just like those who need our support.
Volunteering with Manaaki Tāngata | Victim Support can be challenging, but also very rewarding. You will gain valuable skills and make new connections as you support people at their most vulnerable to feel informed, empowered and safe.
You can find out more about the support we offer on our How we can help page.
Where barriers are identified, we work hard to remove them so that volunteering with us is accessible to everyone.
We do this by:
People directly affected by a crime or incident
Members of their family or whānau
Witnesses of an incident or the first person on the scene
Support people helping a friend or family or whānau member through the justice process
Once that has all been completed, you’ll be invited to the Initial Training Programme (ITP) that all volunteers need to attend, regardless of previous experience, and sign the Volunteer Agreement.
Then, you'll be part of the team, and ready to help us help more people!
Rodger Barlow, a dedicated Victim Support volunteer, witnesses remarkable changes in his work, providing crucial support and making a positive impact.
Jenny Tosswill, a resilient Victim Support volunteer in the Wairarapa, draws on her paramedic experience to support traumatic cases at Victim Support.
Jo's inspiring journey as a Victim Support volunteer in the Wairarapa, from overcoming personal tragedy and finding solace in helping others.
Former psychiatric nurse Tricia brings valuable experience to her volunteering at Victim Support, making a difference in the community.
Victim Support were there for Billy Davis when his wife unexpectedly passed away and now he’s determined to be there for others as a volunteer.
Hong Kong migrant Yau volunteers at Victim Support, providing crucial support for Chinese-speaking victims.
A dedicated volunteer, trained in homicide support, Maria has supported many victims in her community including the mosque attack victims.
Martyn, a retired UK police officer, found a new purpose as a volunteer for Victim Support in New Zealand.
When a frenzied attack occurred in a popular Dunedin supermarket, Victim Support workers and volunteers were on hand to help the 26 people affected.
Meet Chris, a St John paramedic and volunteer with Victim Support and Coastguard, who understands the importance of self-care all too well.
Daniel's experience as a Victim Support volunteer making a difference in people's lives has given him a new perspective on life.
Discover how Fred, a retired nurse, is using his empathetic nature and skills to help victims of crime and trauma in his community.
Chantal, a primary school teacher, found her love of helping others when she became a volunteer for Victim Support.
Meet Wendy, a volunteer who is on a mission to strengthen people's mana and give back to her community.
University professor and weightlifting silver medallist Jennifer is a busy woman, but she still finds time to volunteer for Victim Support.
A 15-year veteran with Victim Support, volunteer Wayne has always been passionate about solving problems and connecting with others.
Diana, assault survivor turned advocate, finds purpose in aiding others with similar experiences, turning trauma into empowerment.
Victim Support volunteer Christine Cowell says that her role involves being constantly outside her comfort zone.
On top of her busy schedule, Sheila volunteers one 12-hour night shift each week for Victim Support in the Wellington region.
Gurpreet Singh, a doctor from India, became a volunteer to help others, follow his spiritual journey and be a positive role model.
Rikihana (Riki) found Victim Support when he went looking for something to offset his high-pressure position and give back to his community.
With her kids grown up, Deidre Anderson went looking for an opportunity to support the people in her community -then she found Victim Support.
Jim's exceptional commitment to his community was recently recognised with the Queen’s Birthday Honours and Service Medal for Victim Support work.