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National Volunteer Week 2022: More than 10,000 hours of kindness

Te Wiki Tūao-a-motu (National Volunteer Week) is here once again – a time to shine the spotlight on the incredible contributions of our cross-sector volunteers.  

Springboard Trust operates with a unique model for principal development in Aotearoa, in that we partner school leaders with volunteers from the public, private and philanthropic sectors. It’s ako based on trusting relationships, and is the “secret sauce” of what makes our programmes so impactful for so many.  

To kick off National Volunteer Week 2022, we’re going to take a look at just how many volunteers we had supporting us last year.   

Giving back to our tamariki – no matter where they are  

Volunteers supported school leaders through Springboard Trust 218 times last year – an immense contribution, considering many of our programmes require some 10 months of commitment to the learning.  Many of them travelled far and wide, or – depending on the health and safety best practice at the time – supported schools in a remote setting. All told, we worked with:  

  • 17 volunteers in Te Tai Tokerau  

  • 93 in Tāmaki Makaurau 

  • 23 in Waikato 

  • 9 in Te Moana-a-Toi 

  • 9 in Tairāwhiti 

  • 7 in Te Matau-a-Māui 

  • 12 in Te Whanganui-a-Tara  

  • 6 in Whakatū 

  • 35 in Waitaha (Canterbury) and Ōtautahi 

  • 7 in our virtual Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme  

Based on the average contributions of a Springboard Trust volunteer, that makes more than 10,000 hours of kindness, leadership and aroha given to schools in Aotearoa.

This work saw volunteers work across a massive spectrum of programmes and workshops – from developing entire leadership teams to one-on-one support and mentoring. It is their care, guidance and support  that makes all the difference to tumuaki learning with us.

So, to all or Springboard Trust whānau, be you a school leader, member of the team or one of our supporter – let's all give an especially loud thank you to our tūao this week!

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