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About Community Guardians

 

Community Guardians is a collaboration between Student Volunteer Army and Citycare Group that signals a new era of community partnerships that will drive positive change throughout New Zealand society.

Community Guardians will:

Capture the community spirit so evident after a disaster, and scale that spirit into a sustained national movement.

Mobilise and equip local people to care for the places and spaces around them.

Practically enable 32,000 primary school students annually to participate in community projects.


"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
Citycare Group Logo Stacked RGB Community Guardians Logo on White3 SVa

Join us as a volunteer

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

Join us as a Community Guardian and you'll be joining a group of people who care about the environment and want to make a difference in their community.

We'll be organising community projects all around the country during the coming months, and we're inviting all volunteers and community-minded people to sign up to get involved with the Community Guardians.

Together we can have real impact.

Community Guardians has three main groups:

  • Existing 'community guardians' - people who are already actively and regularly involved in local volunteer initiatives
  • 'Keen helpers' who are happy to help out on the day, often with their families, and are more motivated by getting involved with the activity rather than investing in the cause that might lie behind it
  • Citycare's 'base camp' of operational staff who provide plant and equipment, and are on-hand to facilitate safe operational delivery of the community project being undertaken

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

Upcoming 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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