Mark Vincent, Councillor Kaipara District, Otamatea Ward
Council Mark says: Your community needs you!
One of the things I stood for in the election was to promote ways of enhancing the contribution to “Kaipara Inc” which community groups can make. From my own experience in forming Otamatea HarbourCare and being on the board of the Kauri Museum, I have seen the benefits of help with governance training, strategic planning, and assistance with funding applications.
One of my new roles through Council is as a trustee of Volunteering Northland, a great fit for me (thank you Jason). I have previously attended a couple of governance training courses arranged by them, and have registered Otamatea HarbourCare with them too. Volunteering Northland acts as an introduction service, matching potential volunteers with volunteering opportunities. To do this, community groups need to register with Volunteering Northland.
I have learnt that Volunteering Northland is part of a nationwide network, but something I already knew was some of the benefits of volunteering; the satisfaction and fulfillment from making a worthwhile contribution to your community, and feeling part of something bigger than yourself.
The more groups which register, the more successful a service Volunteering Northland can provide. If you want to find out more, check out their website.
Otamatea Ward Councillor