Our volunteers are an important part of our healthcare services, and their contributions are highly valued.
Some people volunteer during high-school or university, to gain exposure to different health care professions. Others volunteer at later stages in their life, particularly after retirement. There are no 'typical' volunteers and we welcome people from all walks of life.
Volunteer roles can be broadly defined into three categories:
Volunteers with cheerful demeanor and helpful manners make getting around our hospitals a lot easier. Volunteers help many special needs patients with better physical access to our services. Volunteers are ready to assist the moment people arrive at our front door.
Volunteers have the time to listen, encourage and support. Sometimes it is difficult for the paid staff to spend as much time with our patients as they would like. Volunteers provide companionship and practical assistance for when patients can’t physically leave the ward. Volunteers also comfort family members and keep them informed about their loved ones.
A lot of the good work the volunteers do happens away from the public eye. Reliable and responsible volunteer support allows the front-line staff to spend more time helping our patients. Volunteers also draw upon their life skills and previous professional experience to assist in specialist volunteer roles and with project work.
It is important for you to think about what you would like from your volunteer experience so that we can best match you to one of our roles.