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Westport is in need of help – join SVA Floods Response clean-up

Westport is in need of help after the devasting floods. Just like the Christchurch floods cleanup, we need you! 

The UC SVA is planning to bring volunteers to the community on the weekend of 31st July. This camp may be a little different from our others as this is in response to a disaster. Expect to get stuck in for a hard day’s work on the Saturday.  Accommodation, food and transport are all covered so all we ask is for your time and hard work on the weekend. Tickets are out and will go fast so keep posted!

This event is still in the works so more info coming soon. Keep posted via the event on the UC SVA Facebook here

The UC SVA celebrate National Volunteer Week by taking a look back on the year so far!

This year has absolutely flown by so far with the first semester gone already! The UC Student Volunteer Army has been up to some amazing work and in celebration of National Volunteer Week, we would like to share a recap of the year so far!

Clubs Day: For the first week of the uni year, we signed up over 1000 student volunteers at UC Clubs day.  We gave out hundreds of our special edition ‘10 Years of Student Volunteer Army’ T-shirts and once again, SVA takes the title of largest club on campus!




Big Give: This year, we headed back to the Red Zone for the ten year anniversary of the Christchurch quakes. Although the day was postponed a week due to the Covid-19 Level 2 move, we managed to get around 400 volunteers out to the east side of Christchurch. Many community groups received our help and worked alongside us including Avon-Ōtākaro Forest Park group, Greening the Red Zone, Cultivate Christchurch and over 1000 volunteer hours were completed in the half day, including moving roughly three tonnes of rubble, digging out the base for a mushroom themed playground in the community gardens, and weeding the grounds for a community edible garden.






Platoons: So far, we have completed eight platoons events. Projects have catered for all skills with beach clean ups, gardening, foodbank service, and helping out at the NZ Ultimate Championships!! A big focus of all our projects this year has been to align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our projects have covered a range of the SDGs including Zero Hunger, Life below Water, Life on Land, and Good Health and Well-being.






Nelson Camp: For our first camp of the year, we headed north to help in the Nelson communities. Again, events involved classic SVA planting and mulching, but this time we also branched out and helped setting up a second store. The proceeds of the store go to Habitat for Humanity, a charity that helps families into safe and healthy housing. Over the weekend, we planted over 3000 trees, built a walking track in the Richmond hills, and over 100 extra volunteer hours were completed at a 700-acre sanctuary for endangered species. 

Canterbury Floods Response: A quick response was formed to help out with the Canterbury flooding, with volunteers from UC assigned to help in Geraldine, Glentunnel, Darfield and Dunsandel. Many of the projects were to help farmers and rural communities who helped us during the Christchurch earthquakes so this was an amazing experience to return the favour. The volunteering involved cleaning fences, moving furniture, and shoveling gravel with most of the projects involving over 6 hours of hard work. This single day effort was the beginning of multiple smaller projects in conjunction with the SVA Foundation and Lincoln SVA with projects still taking place across the region. If you wish to get involved, check out the SVA app where projects are posted weekly.

What’s to come? For the rest of the year, expect to see us bringing more volunteering opportunities with our weekly platoons projects, another camp coming up in term four and a special event in term three! To keep posted on about the upcoming events, make sure to download the SVA app and follow us on our socials: @uc_sva

How SVA helped the Canterbury flooding clean up

The rain and flooding that affected Canterbury in the past few weeks left many communities in need of a hand to clean up. With shovels in hand and a trailer full of wheelbarrows, the UC Student Volunteer Army (SVA) teamed up with the Christchurch Tramping Club to lend a hand in a disaster response once again. Four projects were taken on across the Canterbury region covering Geraldine, Glentunnel, Darfield, and Dunsandel.

A group of around 45 volunteers assembled at Haere-Roa carpark for an early morning briefing at 7am before splitting off into groups and travelling out to the locations in the UC and Hyundai vans. Vans were filled with care packages and baking to give to the affected communities, kindly organised by local charity New Zealand Gifts of Love and Strength.

The volunteering involved cleaning fences, moving furniture, and shoveling gravel with most of the projects involving over 6 hours of hard work. Thankfully, all vans made it back by 5.30pm and volunteers were invited to the SVA headquarters for a feed to say thank you for their work. It was amazing to meet some incredible people – both the communities we helped, and the volunteers from the tramping club. So many life stories to be told while we worked away.

Watch the UC SVA channels for more chances to help out and get involved in volunteering!