Become a Volunteer

Each year, Aviva (formerly Christchurch Women's Refuge) supports literally hundreds of families and individuals to become safer. Volunteers help us undertake this important work by:

  • Assisting with tasks that are vital to support the agency functions
  • Becoming our advocates regarding the promotion of safety and non-violence for all women and children
  • Raising awareness of issues involving discrimination towards women in society
  • Taking part in various fundraising or profile raising events and activities

We only recruit volunteers to assist our work in non client-related ways - this means that you would not work directly with clients but would assist the agency with other tasks that are essential to our work e.g. helping with administrative tasks; collecting in-kind donations; picking children up from and returning them to school so that they can attend education groups in our offices; helping at events etc.

Volunteering can give you a sense of community and belonging and, even if it is a small task, you know that are genuinely helping the agency in some way to support women and children.

If you are:

  • Professional
  • Flexible
  • Reliable
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Living a life free of violence now and for the last three years

then please download the volunteering application and email the completed form to [email protected]


SASSC Support Line Volunteers

The Sexual Assault Support Service Canterbury (SASSC) service hosted by Aviva and delivered in partnership with START is currently looking to recruit more volunteers.

SASSC is a confidential and professional sexual assault service offering support to women and men following recent or historic sexual violence or abuse. Volunteers provide initial phone support; help people process what has happened to them; contact family/friends; and support people during medical examinations, at the Police station or in court.

Full training is provided, following which volunteers are given a buddy (an experienced volunteer) to accompany them on their first few call outs, or more if needed. If you’re interested in finding out more about being a SASSC volunteer, please email [email protected] or call 0800 AVIVA NOW.