Volunteering at Age Concern Otago

Volunteers are highly valued and help us in our work. We involve volunteers of all ages and welcome people from all walks of life. Give others the benefit of your life experiences.  Everyday volunteers make a difference by assisting older people living in our community to maintain independence and wellbeing.

There is a Chinese saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” For centuries, the greatest thinkers have suggested the same thing: Happiness is found in helping others.

Making money is a happiness; making other people happy is a superhappiness — Nobel Peace Prize receipient Muhammad Yunus


Age Concern Otago is privileged to be a recipient of Food Share Dunedin but we need help to manage it. 
Would you like to become a valued volunteer for Age Concern Otago?
Do you have transport and a couple of spare hours each week?
Do you have good organisational skills and an ability to get on with other volunteers?
If so, we need you.

Marie Bennett or
03 479 3053


Meals on Wheels

Age Concern Otago coordinates around 650 volunteer drivers who collectively deliver more than 200 hot two course meals to Dunedin clients every weekday including public holidays.

Volunteers collect meals from one of the various sites around the city every lunchtime.  Each run takes about an hour to complete.

Often our volunteers provide the only human contact with Meals on Wheels clients from day to day and both the volunteers and clients describe this as a rewarding experience.

If you would like to become part of our team you can contact our coordinator (Details below) or fill out the adjacent form.

Fiona McMillan or
03 477 1040


Accredited Visitor Service

AVS is a free and confidential service designed to give lonely or socially isolated older people a special visitor – someone to spend special quality time on a regular basis. The focus is to keep older people in contact with their local neighbourhood community and enhancing their life. The service is about making connections in our neighbourhoods, carefully matching an older person with a volunteer visitor, with consideration to their background and interests. 

To become a volunteer you need to have available an hour a week, be prepared to visit an older person, be honest and reliable, and have a willingness to undertake training to become a accredited visitor. Age Concern provides volunteers with professional development through training, support meetings and a friendly

If you feel you would like to be part of this wonderful service or would like further information you can contact our coordinator (Details below) or apply online.

Tristan Kavanagh
03 477 1040