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"Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else's help." - Heather French Henry

We’ve joined forces with the Student Volunteer Army

Student Volunteer Army, photo by Hannah Watkinson
Student Volunteer Army, photo by Hannah Watkinson

We’ve joined forces with the Army (Student Volunteer that is).

In times of crisis it is comforting to know that you have an army on your side. One reason why The Selwyn Foundation is proud to utilise the resources of the Student Volunteer Army (SVA) to provide support for the older people we care about.

For charitable organisations like Selwyn volunteers play a crucial role in helping us to help our residents.  There is significant goodwill in place as well as a myriad of ways where Selwyn interfaces with volunteers.

With the New Zealand Government response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have had to introduce measures in order to protect our whole Selwyn community. This has seriously limited the ability of many of our volunteers to help, based on the advice and directives of the New Zealand Government and our own policies to ensure older people stay at home.

To this end, we are extremely grateful that the Student Volunteer Army has two offerings to help our residents and healthcare workers with their online shopping and delivery services during COVID-19.

Visit the Army base at https://sva.org.nz/

The SVA offering is many and varied, but two are specifically related to safe and secure grocery supplies and pharmaceutical deliveries. All their volunteers are trained, vetted and cognisant of the need for personal protection equipment and care.

This is a professionally managed and monitored service that is highly motivated and regarded.

Their services are also available to health care workers in recognition of the stellar job they are doing in helping New Zealand manage the current crisis.

The full story of the Student Volunteer Army is available from their website including FAQs. Alternatively telephone them on 0800 005 902 - their trained volunteers can place orders over the phone. A volunteer in your locality shops for your order at New World, then delivers to your doorstep or facility gate. It’s easy and delivery of your order will be within 24-48 hours.

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Updated information for volunteers

Due to COVID-19 we have put on hold any enquiries regarding volunteer opportunities at The Selwyn Foundation. Please click through on the link below for more information.

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