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There is a small but dedicated team of volunteers who help in a range of ways at Pou Whakaaro. We've asked some volunteers to share some stories about their experiences and we hope you enjoy them.

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  We asked Michael to "please tell us what you enjoy doing at CReW"                                                             
  "The fact that I get to see and meet new people.

   I like that I can help other CReW members with things....
  ...I really like working outside with Mark, cleaning up yard and containers.
  I like that I can ask for help, that makes me feel good.
  I like putting goods away and tidying up upstairs with Debbie.
  I like being part of the CReW team."






 We asked Monica to "please tell us the best part of volunteering at CReW".Monica

 "This gives me something positive to wake for in the morning, and gets me out of bed, a feeling of self worth. I find that I'm more motivated and encouraged having something constructive to do each day. It helps keep my mind and body stimulated. Being able to help and meet customers is the highlight of my day; by doing this I am always learning new and different things. The people are good, we have lots of laughs and good times. Working with the staff is very encouraging as we help each other. I also love cleaning and doing the dishes..."


Interested in volunteering? There's more information about volunteer opportunities on the current vacancies page.


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Inclusive Learning Environments: Pou Whakaaro strives to ensure that learning is open and available to all members of our community and will attempt to provide assistance to those learners that require additional support. With this in mind, please be aware that the pace of class teaching and learning will depend on the needs and aspirations of all students.

Acceptance and Payment of Fees: Please consider that your enrolment is confirmed once you have returned a completed enrolment form and payment to us or direct to the tutor (where this is advised in any advertising) Fees are generally charged on a whole course basis and no refunds or discounts will be made where the student is unable to attend.

Cancelled Classes and Refunds: If there are insufficient enrolments, courses may be cancelled and we will attempt to inform you as early as possible. Full refunds will be made to students as soon as possible. NO refund will be made if you decide to withdraw from a class once it has started.

Compliments and Complaints: In the first instance, please speak directly to your tutor, or if you require contact the Community Education Coordinator in writing or by phone on 07 308 8170

Behaviour: I agree to treat the venue, equipment, tutor/s and other students with respect at all times. I understand that I may be asked to leave a course and forfeit fees if I act disrespectfully.

Please return this enrolment in person or by post to:

Community Education
Pou Whakaaro
40 Te Tahi Street
PO Box 2025 Whakatane