To develop organic and fluid clusters
Establishing a sense of family. We seek to develop regional/area clusters that are organic and fluid, that seek less to establish ‘membership’ and more to train, equip, support and link for relationship and service.
We seek to establish a sense of the PFNZ ‘family’ in an area. People’s gifting and calling will differ – we won’t need everybody to do everything; we want to celebrate a diversity of contribution and recognise everyone working in this space as friends and collaborators. We seek the capacity, across the country, to quickly link new volunteers to the existing ‘team’ and provide opportunities to serve.
We want to more appropriately use virtual spaces, including Facebook, a revamped PFNZ website, on-line newsletters and other developing-line tools – national and local – to communicate, to link, to create sharing and training spaces and to promulgate needs and opportunities to serve, either individually or collectively. The emphasis will be on connection as appropriate, and plenty of inclusive local celebrations and social events rather than a regular meeting schedule.
What kind of volunteers are you looking for?
Your kind! Mostly, we’re about ordinary people helping people. Can you drive? Be there for a prisoner on release? Get alongside a struggling caregiver? Become a kids camp volunteer? Contribute marketing or IT skills? Coordinate Angel Tree Christmas in your church or area? Assist prison church services? Welcoming? Assist with administration, volunteer processing? Coordinate a cluster?
What’s an area?
Whatever makes sense! In Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch there’s likely to be more than one. Smaller towns or regions with a strong sense of local community, or with a connection to a particular prison, will likely map straight on to a cluster.
There is an application process. For some roles we have specific training and/or Police vetting is required. And we look for people with a heart to serve, not proselytise.