After 17 years of dedicated service to the volunteering sector and local communities, Volunteering Bay of Plenty (Volbop) has passed the baton to SociaLink.

Volbop’s Acting Chair Berenice Langson said, “I am pleased to announce that SociaLink, the umbrella organisation for the Western Bay of Plenty social agencies and charities, will be taking over volunteering services for the Bay of
Plenty in Volbop’s stead. Both our organisations believe in the vital importance of volunteering and its contribution to society and our economy and are committed to ensuring that volunteering is supported in the
Bay of Plenty.”

The two organisations have successfully negotiated a formal agreement which came into effect on 3 October.

General Manager of SociaLink Liz Davies said she was saddened that as a result of Covid and increasing financial constraints, Volbop was no longer in a position to deliver volunteer services.

“Volunteers are critical to the running of the majority of not-for-profit organisations, many of which entirely rely on volunteers. When Volbop approached SociaLink we thought it was a good fit with SociaLink’s other services and wanted, if possible, to make sure that volunteering services were not lost to the Western Bay of Plenty,” said Davies.

Langson also sincerely thanked Volbop’s outgoing CEO, Vanessa Lister for her efforts and dedication to the organisation and the volunteering sector.

As you are a subscriber on Volbop’s database, SociaLink will continue to maintain your contact details in the strictest confidence and remain cognisant of security requirements via our Be Collective database platform. So no change in this regard and no need for you to take any action.

Going forward, Volbop can be contacted at or phone 07 571 3714 for ongoing volunteering services.

The Volbop Board of Trustees would like to thank all our stakeholders for their support over the years.

Warm regards
Berenice Langson
Acting Chair
On behalf of the Trustees – Volbop Board