Laura Fergusson Rehabilitation (LFR) has a proud heritage of volunteering, beginning with the establishment of the Women’s Committee in 1965. To read the full story of our Women’s Committee, click here.
Today, our Volunteer Programme still offers an enriching life experience and a chance to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Our volunteers become part of the multidisciplinary team working towards improving the lives and rehabilitation outcomes of our clients.
And, as part of our ongoing commitment to our greater community, our Volunteer Programme also supports individuals in achieving volunteer service hours for awards including:
- The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
- AUT Edge Award
- The University of Auckland Leadership and Service Award
Additionally, we support initiatives that incorporate animals into residential living and therapy programmes. In our Auckland Regional Centre, we support the SPCA and St John Outreach Therapy Pets programme. In our Waikato Regional Centre, we support the Canine Friends Pet Therapy programme. These volunteers and their animals work alongside our Occupational Therapists to help our clients achieve their specific goals.
To view volunteering opportunities, visit the specific regional centre below:
What our volunteers say…
“My volunteering is what I look forward to the most each week. The connections I have made with the clients have grown and grown. Each week I am greeted by many smiling faces and warm welcomes and this feeling is something incomparable to other volunteering roles I have had in the past.
This role has taught me; patience, kindness, support and most of all putting everything into perspective. When I experience a hiccup in my life, I think of my friends at Laura Fergusson and their stories fill me with resilience.”
Activities Assistant, Wood Workshop Assistant
“I have found being part of the Volunteer Programme to be extremely rewarding. I have really enjoyed getting to know the staff and clients at Laura Fergusson, and all of them have made me feel welcome. I have been able to form relationships that I have come to truly value, and I feel that catching up and spending time with clients is just as beneficial for me as it is for them.
My experiences as a volunteer at Laura Fergusson Rehabilitation have aided in my personal growth. I’ve been able to learn about and gain a greater awareness of a range of life experiences – in particular, life experiences involving disability. I’ve also been made more aware of my own capabilities when it comes to taking care of and helping others, and I am proud of what I’ve been able to achieve in my time with Laura Fergusson Rehabilitation”
Activities Assistant, Christmas and New Year Volunteer
“Volunteering was a way for me to be more socially engaged and community minded. Engaging with people from a variety of different backgrounds has been the most rewarding aspect. It’s definitely true that you ‘get’ much more than you ‘give’. The most memorable thing thus far, was probably going Christmas shopping at Sylvia Park, and helping clients get their Christmas presents. It was a simple thing, but everyone really enjoyed themselves.”
Stroke Programme Volunteer, Christmas and New Year Volunteer
“Volunteering at Laura Fergusson has been a wonderful experience. It has given me a chance to meet and interact with new people. It is a marvellous feeling to see the happiness and the confidence that the Stroke Programme participants gain.
This experience has given me an opportunity to understand the needs of the community. I have gained new skills and knowledge, which has boosted my self confidence. Most of all, it has given me a chance to connect with others and make a difference. It feels good to be able to give back to the community, even if, in a small way.”
Stroke Programme Volunteer