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Mental Health & Addictions Service


The Supported Volunteering Programme | Tūao Awhina is specifically tailored for people who are struggling with mental health and isolation, or who generally have barriers to starting volunteering. We'll help the volunteer explore what's out there and aim to minimise barriers so they can get out in their community alongside other people doing meaningful mahi.

For more information on Volunteer South and the volunteer organisations they support, please see the Volunteer South website.


Supported Volunteering Programme

Programme Areas

Mental health, Addictions - other

Programme Type

Community based support - other, Community based support - mental health


Dunedin - South Otago

Age Groups

Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

For further guidelines and information to help determine whether voluntary work is an appropriate suggestion to make to an individual, and to assist you in discussing the pros and cons with the person before referring them to Volunteer South’s Supported Volunteering Programme:

  • Please call Peter on 0275065703 / 03 471 6206 during standard operating hours or email svp@volunteersouth.org.nz for further information about the enrolment process.

Supported Volunteering offers a no-pressure environment and a non-judgemental experience allowing participants to make their own discoveries about what their interests are, what works for them, what does not and how they cope with new experiences. The Supported Volunteering Programme is co-funded by the Southern District Health Board and the Ministry of Social Development.


Peter Claman - Supported Volunteering Coordinator | Kairuruku Tūao Awhina


Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua

How do I access this service?

Contact us



The Supported Vounteering Programme is funded by Southern DHB and the Ministry of Social Development and is free to access.


Feel free to call or email the Supported Volunteering Coordinator. Normal hours are 9am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday - if you call outside these times please leave a message and we will get back to you.

Wheelchair Access



No parking is available onsite.

Contact Details

Community House
301 Moray Place
Otago 9016

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Street Address

Community House
301 Moray Place
Otago 9016

This page was last updated at 11:32AM on May 16, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Volunteer South.