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.
Below: Lena Simmonds about to begin her Meals on Wheels work as one of our volunteers .
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.
What do our current 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
- Meals on Wheels volunteers head out in all kinds of weather to make sure vital sustance is delivered to people who depend on us.
- Assisting in A&E waiting room - some of our volunteers make cups of tea and help to comfort people in the Emergency Department
- Knitters and Crafters often donate goods such as knitted hats and blankets for our maternity wards. We are supported by several local knitting groups. If you're keen with a sewing machine, check out our guidelines for donating quilts to the Special Care Baby Unit.
- Hutt Hospital Women's Auxiliary celebrated its 60th anniversary a few years ago. Its many activities coordinating knitting for the special care baby unit and the inpatient library service. Read more about the group on our news page.
- Our two-legged and four-legged friends at Canine Friends organise for doggy visitors to come and comfort patients in hospital.
Plus much more! New volunteers bring new skills and experience to the table. If you see something missing from this list, contact the local communications unit 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.
Hutt Hospital employs Volunteer Coordinators 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.
- Outgoing and friendly
- Responsible and dependable
- Culturally sensitive
- Willing to accept DHB policies and procedures, and have
- A positive attitude to patients, visitors and staff, and
- 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
- Uniform and identification badge
- The same safe and healthy working conditions as paid staff
We are open to all kinds of contributions. We may not be able to accommodate everyone but you are welcome to make enquiries and to contact the volunteer coordinator in the Quality Team.
Volunteer Coordinator Quality Team
Hutt Valley DHB
Private Bag 31907
Lower Hutt 5010
(04) 566 6999