Volunteers play an important role in our hospitals by contributing to the wellbeing of patients, their families and visitors. They complement the care and service provided by the professional staff by assisting with various non-clinical tasks.
Volunteer Lena Simmonds, about to begin her Meals-on-Wheels work, making sure vital sustenance is delivered to people who depend on us.
Volunteering is an opportunity to support your community hospital by sharing your skills and experience. It offers people the chance to grow, learn, make new friends, exchange ideas and feel valued.
Wairarapa Hospital employs a Volunteer Coordinator to oversee the development of volunteer services in the hospital and to ensure that your experience as a volunteer is enjoyable and rewarding.
Those who interact directly with patients will also need to be health screened. This is free and is for your own protection as well as the patients'.
Wairarapa Hospital volunteers are required to be a member of New Zealand Red Cross and to have a police record check.
- Outgoing and friendly
- Responsible and dependable
- Culturally sensitive
- Willing to accept Wairarapa DHB policies and procedures
- Able to maintain strict confidentiality
Do you have:
- A positive attitude to patients, visitors and staff
- A health status appropriate to the position
Do you want:
- To give something back to the hospital/community
- To meet new people
- Training and ongoing support
- A uniform and identification badge
- The same safe and healthy working conditions as paid staff
What do our volunteers do?
- Our Meet & Greet volunteers provide a warm and friendly welcome to visitors. They might help with wayfinding, locating wheelchairs, delivering flowers or offering general assistance such as calling a taxi.
- Emergency Department (ED) support volunteers work in conjunction with ED doing numerous tasks, helping ease the workload of this the fast-paced environment.
- Meals on Wheels volunteers head out in all kinds of weather to make sure vital sustenance is delivered to people who depend on us.
- Volunteers undertake administrative roles within the various hospital departments
- The Flower Ladies create beautiful floral arrangements and tend to patients' flowers. They work between the months of September and May.
- The Interdenominational Chaplaincy service provides support for patients and their families from volunteer chaplains.
- Volunteers take around a book and magazine trolley, which has some free toiletries on board for patients in need.
- Knitters and crafters often donate goods such as knitted hats and blankets for our maternity wards. We are supported by several local knitting groups in the Wairarapa.
Plus much more! New volunteers bring new skills and experience to the table. If you see something missing from this list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get their efforts recognised on this page.
Becoming a Hospital Volunteer
If you have skills to offer or spare time to contribute, contact us to see if volunteering is for you.
We are open to all kinds of contributions. We may not be able to accommodate everyone but you are welcome to make enquiries.
Contact the Wairarapa Hospital Volunteer Coordinator:
Phone: (06) 946 9800 x 475
Mobile: 027 278 3552
PO Box 96