Volunteers

Erma – chemotherapy centre

Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital   At Calvary Mater Newcastle I… Volunteer in the Day Treatment Centre where people have chemotherapy. I do whatever needs to be done, some office work, talking with patients and carers. I wanted to become a volunteer because… I’ve always been interested in the medical field but it

Lyn – all rounder

Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital   At Calvary Mater Newcastle I… Work in 5B the oncology ward one day a week where I help to make beds, empty the linen trolley, talk to patients who are able, restock the stores. I also do one day a week in the Melanoma Unit. There

Jill – Auxiliary member

Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital   At Calvary Mater Newcastle I… volunteer as part of the auxiliary. Each week, sometimes twice a week I work at the lolly table selling sweets, homemade pickles and jams to visitors and the staff. Each month I also come in for the lolly packing days. I

Maureen still going strong after 32 years

Calvary Central Districts Hospital   This year is Maureen’s 32nd year volunteering at Calvary Central Districts. I come in once a week, and currently, my role is to assist with collating information packs for patients. (Maureen catches two buses to do this! ) I started volunteering after visiting my father

Rosie – Coordinator, Biography Service

Calvary North Adelaide Hospital   For the past 18 months, I have had the privilege to be the coordinator of this program. The service was established here in Calvary North Adelaide Hospital ten years ago and created an excellent ground on which to build the future of the service. My

Volunteering a Mission for Simone

Adelaide Hospitals Mission Team   I volunteer doing administration for the Adelaide Hospitals Mission Team. I help with lots of tasks including scanning projects, filing and mail outs. I often work alongside Lauren the Mission resource officer. She helps out the Volunteer Service and the Director of Mission. We work

Volunteer Teddies flood central districts!

Calvary Central Districts Hospital   Calvary Central Districts Hospital recently sought donations of knitted teddy bears, putting the call out via a post on our Facebook page. The teddies are used to comfort and distract paediatric day surgery patients, and our current stocks were running very low. Our knitting group

Dennis, Margaret & Lynda

A fun time is always had by our volunteers and auxiliary members especially at their yearly Christmas lunch where they get to catch up with old and new friends, celebrate the festive season and reflect on the year that was. The group never disappoint, filling the room with glimpses of

Rita – cooking

Calvary Retirement Community, Cessnock Volunteer Rita Drake has been at Calvary Cessnock since 2016. Rita volunteers three mornings a week and helps with weekly morning tea groups, social visiting and also assists our Leisure Lifestyle team member Sara Hill with a weekly residents cooking program. The cooking program is held

Audrey – activities

Calvary Haydon Retirement Community   I help out by singing, playing piano, doing craft with the residents, and helping with the bus outings. I wanted to volunteer because my husband was a volunteer, so I joined in as well. My favourite thing about volunteering is seeing the enjoyment it brings

Royce – social support

Calvary Haydon Retirement Community I help out by providing social contact and assisting where needed. I wanted to become a volunteer to help the residents in the same way other volunteers had helped my late wife when she was a resident at Calvary Haydon. My favourite thing about volunteering is

Billy – social support

Calvary Haydon Retirement Community Billy is 94 and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia OAM in recognition of her service to the Public Service while living in Washington DC. I help out by visiting people in the nursing home, many of whom spend a lot of time

John – a bit of everything

Calvary Haydon Retirement Community I help out by driving the bus, overseeing a men’s afternoon tea each Thursday, and lead a singing group with my wife each week. I wanted to be a volunteer because my late wife was the Pastoral Care Coordinator and I became a volunteer to share

Nerida – Lolly Trolley

At Calvary John James I volunteer on the Lolly Trolley I wanted to become a volunteer because I love talking with the patients and staff – the people here are so kind and friendly My favourite thing about volunteering is meeting people from all walks of life My inspiration is

Joy and Ginny – Mums and Bubs

At Calvary John James I, Joy Horsham I wanted to become a volunteer because I wanted to help mothers in their self-care that the hospital encourages with these exercise classes. My favourite thing about volunteering is the social interaction – though it can be quite tiring after looking after 10

Patricia – Harpist

I have been volunteering at Calvary Kogarah for nearly five years now and for the last year, I have been fortunate to be able to share the ‘reverie Harp’ with patients and their carers. There have been many special moments with this beautiful small harp, but one, in particular, touched

Narelle – Palliative Care

I work as a palliative care Community Volunteer at Calvary Kogarah. The reason I became a volunteer was because my older sister died of ovarian cancer.  As I lived in another state and was working full time, I was unable to care and be there for her and her husband in the way

Melissa – singing and foot massage

At Calvary Kogarah, I sing regularly at the dementia care unit at Mary Potter House and afterwards provide foot massages to the patients in our rehab section. I wanted to become a volunteer because I felt that being of service to others was an important way of giving back to the community

Sharon – Pet Therapy

Pet therapy brings so much pleasure to the patients, staff and for the dogs it provides an opportunity for their socialisation by meeting and interacting in a healthcare environment. I joined the Calvary volunteer team in 2017 with my pet therapy puppies which I train for various organisations. I wanted

Volunteer Fast Facts

In Calvary More than 1000 volunteers, with an average six years of service, make a positive contribution to the wellbeing of our communities.   In Australia* An estimated total of 932 million hours was volunteered during 2016. The rates of volunteering are highest among males aged 45-54 years at 302,612

Flo – Dementia Day Care support

I started as a volunteer in 2015, assisting in the Mary Potter House day dementia centre at Calvary Hospital Kogarah. From the moment our clients arrive either by our Calvary bus or driven in by their carers, we are there to greet them at the gate and ready to enjoy

Patricia Browne and Toby

Patricia Browne and Toby have been volunteering at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem for nearly ten years. A pet therapy dog, Toby visits patients on the ward once or twice a week. Pat says she loves her volunteering work with Toby. The highlight for her is seeing the joy and the

Watch video on Calvary volunteers
Chris & Val’s Volunteer Story

What’s it like to volunteer at Calvary? Watch Chris and Val’s video about their life-fulfilling, humbling experience and how much they feel valued by the residents and staff of Calvary.

Calvary Wakefield donating to Nepal
Calvary Wakefield make a difference in Nepal

In April, Nepal was struck by two devastating earthquakes. 9,000 people died and more than 22,000 people were injured. Millions more lost their homes and livelihoods. Shirley Megaw and Deepika Pandit, registered nurses at Calvary Wakefield Hospital, both have a great affection for Nepal. Shirley had travelled to Nepal in

Young hospital volunteer
Meet our Volunteers

A young volunteer finds reward in caring for patients at end of life Cordelia Prowd has been a valued member of the volunteer team at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem since she arrived a year ago. In her early 20s, Cordelia is younger than most volunteers at the health service but loves

National Volunteer Week

“You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” From 12-18 May 2014, Calvary Mater Newcastle celebrated National Volunteer Week, taking time to celebrate volunteers who nurture and support people in our community. The hospital is blessed to have over 95 volunteers who