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Voluntary Service

Give Back  |   Ratonga Tūao - Ngā Mahi Rato

Through the Voluntary Service section you can volunteer in your community, and see how your service can make a positive difference. It can also help improve skills such as team work and communication, building your self-confidence as a result.


Here’s a LIST OF IDEAS that you could do for your Voluntary Service section, or use as a starting point to create a programme of your own.


How long does the Voluntary Service section take?

At Bronze level = 1 hour each week (or 4 hours every 28 days) over 3 months/13 weeks (note that Bronze participants are required to do an additional three months in one of the following activities: Skills, Voluntary Service, Physical Recreation. If a participant chooses the Service section to do their extra 3 months in, the time requirement for Service would become 6 months/26 weeks).

At Silver level = 1 hour each week (or 4 hours every 28 days) over 6 months/26 weeks.

At Gold level = 1 hour each week (or 4 hours every 28 days) over 12 months/52 weeks.

For direct entrants  (i.e. new participants with no previous Award) to Silver or Gold levels, participants need to add 6 months to one section of their choice (i.e. Skills or Voluntary Service or Physical Recreation)


Important things to remember:

It must meet a genuine need. It must not be a vocational or work experience activity, especially for a business or a for-profit organisation

Service can be done for neighbours or people in the community (not family members) however, this must once again meet a genuine need. For example, gardening for an elderly neighbour could be counted whereas gardening for a professional couple could not as they could pay for the work the participant does.

Participants cannot get paid for their activities.

Extracurricular School Activities

Stuck for an idea for an activity? Have a look here for an overview of a wide range of extracurricular school activities which fit each section of the Award. 


Voluntary Service opportunities with our partners -

My Music Ignites My Soul


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