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About Community Guardians


When thousands of volunteers come together to get their hands dirty and plant trees for the community it's an amazing achievement, but how to keep that momentum going?

It's crucial that those efforts are sustained in the long run, and that's why Citycare Group is working with Sam Johnson and the Student Volunteer Army Foundation on a scheme to drive meaningful, sustained community impact across the country.

The Community Guardians scheme links thousands of community members nationwide to a safe operational delivery model (through Citycare) to ensure that local community volunteer projects are not just delivered, but sustained for years to come.

"We all do well when we look after our people. This means a country where everyone is earning, learning, caring or volunteering, because that’s the basis of strong communities."

Jacinda Ardern
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Join us as a volunteer

No-one can do everything. But everyone can do something.

Together we can make real impact in our communities.

Sign up today and start making a difference in your local community.


Community Guardians comprises two types of community volunteers:


What is FESTA?

FESTA is a vibrant weekend celebration of urban creativity and regeneration. It is an opportunity for the public to experience a reimagined Christchurch, comprising imaginative architectural installations, workshops, talks, pop-up projects, family events, tours, live performance, artworks and more. Our headline event – a spectacular temporary city – attracts thousands at each edition and is live for one night only.

FESTA is made possible by a large team of dedicated volunteers. We are always on the lookout for help in the lead-up to the event for a variety of tasks and during the course of Labour Weekend itself.

If you would like to lend a hand follow the link below.

Recent projects

Student Volunteer Army

Community Guardians will also get children involved and help develop their understanding of volunteering and community

Community Guardians will build on the highly successful Student Volunteer Army Primary School Programme that in 2017 introduced specialised learning materials into 1000 classrooms nationally. The programme, which saw 32,000 Year 4 - Year 10 students learn how to organise and deliver a volunteer project in their local community, will be expanded in 2018 through Community Guardians.

News and views

Community Guardians: leading a nationwide shift in community engagement

When hundreds of volunteers come together to get their hands dirty and plant trees for the community it’s an amazing achievement, but what happens after that?

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