Volunteer with the Off The Wall Graffiti Programme, the backbone of the Council's graffiti programme and key to the success of reducing the impact of graffiti in our city.

Register your interest in becoming a volunteer

Volunteering with Off the Wall

Off the Wall is a volunteer-based graffiti vandalism reporting and removal programme run by the Christchurch City Council. You can nominate an area that you prefer to work in and how frequently you can volunteer at the time of your registration. The Off the Wall volunteer programme offers different components of volunteering:

Tag spotting

We need individuals to spot and report graffiti vandalism in all areas of Christchurch. As a tag spotter you will keep your community feeling safe and looking beautiful by regularly reporting graffiti vandalism to the Christchurch City Council for removal. Reporting is done via the Snap, Send, Solve app, phone or email.

Tag remover

We need individuals to assist with graffiti removal in various areas in Christchurch. As a tag remover you will receive a brief message with the details and location of the graffiti. Simply reply if you are available to help. The site will be allocated to a remover from the responses. We provide all the paint or removal wipes, tools and safety equipment needed. Removers will be responsible for their own transport, providing after photos and ensuring resources are returned clean.

Group volunteering

We need groups of all sizes for one-off and regular volunteering opportunities in all areas of Christchurch. As a group you will be directed to a site to remove graffiti from, or an area to report graffiti incidents to the Christchurch City Council for removal. We provide all the paint or removal wipes, tools and safety equipment required. Groups will be responsible for their own supervision, transport, providing after photos and ensuring resources are returned clean. Reporting is done via the Snap, Send, Solve app and will require the use of a smartphone.

Art mentors

We need mentors to share their artistic flare with the community as they complete mural projects around Christchurch. As a mentor you will offer advice and hands-on support to help design and paint murals with schools and community groups. Mentoring opportunities are also available working with young graffiti artists to provide inspiration technique development and to demonstrate how graffiti art can create future career pathways.

Regardless of the amount or frequency of tagging that occurs within your area, we appreciate any amount of time that you can give to help keep Christchurch beautiful.

A volunteer shows off their hard work

A volunteer shows off their hard work

As a volunteer you will:

  • make a difference to your community and environment
  • contribute to making your community feel safer
  • be provided with free resources and equipment
  • receive ongoing support and formal recognition
  • gain skills and work experience
  • receive newsletters,(external link) current statistics [PDF, 897 KB] and other relevant graffiti information

If you wish to join the Graffiti Programme and reduce the impact of graffiti vandalism on the residents of Christchurch City, complete our online form or download the volunteer application form [PDF, 689 KB] and return it to the Graffiti Programme who will make contact with you to complete the process.

For information about our volunteering opportunities for individuals, groups, mentors and artists register your interest and contact our volunteer coordinator.


Volunteers make their mark against graffiti

Eight-year-old Nevaeh has been volunteering for Christchurch City Council with her dad Ben as a tag spotter and graffiti remover since last year.

Residents like the McCallums are the backbone of the Council’s Off the Wall volunteer initiative, which harnesses their efforts to combat tagging and graffiti around the city. Run by the Council’s graffiti programme, Off the Wall, which will celebrate its tenth anniversary later this year.

Read more Newline(external link).