2. Resident Valda Wardley will be one of the Calvary Goonawarra team manning the stall at SunFest.
Crafty Calvary residents back for fun in the SunFest

Crafty residents will be front and centre at Calvary Goonawarra‘s stall at SunFest this weekend, selling knitted items and bead jewellery made especially for the community festival. The Calvary Goonawarra team are back bigger and better this year, after being awarded Best Business/Service at their inaugural appearance at last year’s festival. Behind

Calvary volunteer receives OAM at Australia Day Honours

Calvary volunteer Anne Crummy has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in this year’s Australia Day Honours. The retired librarian became a volunteer archivist with Calvary in Hobart in 2017 after returning to her home town.  Since then she has been part of a team developing

Therapy Dog Awareness Month

It’s Therapy Dog Awareness Month, a time to pay tribute to all the canine companions who provide comfort and therapeutic support to those whose lives are often compromised by emotional, physical or mental disorders. At Calvary, we’re honoured to be able to provide this support to our patients, residents and clients

Vice-regal reception for Calvary volunteers in Tasmania

Its not often you get to celebrate your 21st birthday with a vice-regal reception at Government House but that was the case this week for the dedicated volunteers at Calvary’s Lenah Valley and St John’s hospitals. About 70 of the volunteers celebrated in style when they met with the Governor

Mike Stracey, Calvary Bruce Private Hospital ACT
Mike Stracey, Calvary Bruce Private Hospital ACT

Mike is a well beloved and well thought of Volunteer who is highly appreciated by both staff and patients. I started volunteering in 2006 after caring for my father in his last days and when both my wife and I retired.  We needed some structure and variety in our lives

Kevin O’Neil, Volunteer

In 2019, I became a volunteer at Calvary Health Care Kogarah, as I was interested in being part of a palliative care biography service to document patients’ stories. I remember how caring and supportive the palliative care team were who cared for my wife before she passed away in 1998.

David Brown, Volunteer

I have been volunteering at Bethlehem’s Day Centre for seven years. The Day Centre is part of our Community Palliative Care Service, which supports patients and their carers in their own homes and communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have been getting together on Zoom twice a week to chat,

Barb Phillips, Volunteer

The Spirit of Calvary in action Our thanks to Barb and other volunteers for your generosity and resilience especially during these past two years during COVID-19. You truly demonstrate the Spirit of Calvary. Meet Barb Phillips – winner of the Calvary Hobart Spirit of Calvary award in 2018. Working from

Jacob, Palliative Care Volunteer, Kogarah

Volunteering at Calvary Hospital Kogarah has been an incredible journey. It is without a doubt one of the most insightful experiences I have experienced throughout my life. I started my volunteer work in June 2018 assisting the physiotherapists in the Palliative Care gym. From the very first moment I walked

Margaret, Palliative Care Volunteer, Kogarah

Before I retired, I decided that I would volunteer time to an organisation that worked in direct contact with people; one that offered services to people who needed help to continue to live their lives to the fullest extent possible, to the very end of their lives. In researching organisations

Kerry, Palliative Care Volunteer

I worked for many years in the public health system both in hospitals and community settings. One of the things I enjoyed most was visiting people in their homes. This constantly reminded me that I was dealing with a person not just an illness. When I was looking for some

Ruth – The Sunflower Program

Ruth started volunteering in April 2017 in the Calvary ACT Bruce Public Hospital’s Emergency Department, providing support and comfort to patients and their families. She then started volunteering for the Sunflower Program, chatting to patients with Dementia about the interests, hobbies, background, likes and dislikes. This information is then used


Heather is an Administration volunteer at Calvary John James Hospital ACT who spends her time either at our Front Reception or in the Maternity Ward helping patients and family members.  Heather has a wicked sense of humour and brings a smile to all who come in contact with her, enjoying


Howard is a Eucharist volunteer, offering a communion service for patients on request.  Howard has been with us at Calvary John James Hospital ACT since 2017, meeting patients “where they are at” and with humility.  Thank you Howard for ‘being for others’ and providing our patients with a beautiful moment


Amelia has been a volunteer at Calvary John James Hospital ACT since March 2018. She was previously a volunteer in Singapore assisting students at university.  She brings with her a quiet and steady demeanour and is a highly valued member of our team in Medical Records where she volunteers at

Josie – Inspiring us for 40 years

Josie is an inspiration for us. Josie is a founding member of the ACT Calvary Public Hospital Bruce Auxiliary, who have raised more than $1,000,000 to support patient care  and are this year celebrating their 40th year. The Auxiliary was established when the Hospital opened in 1975. Today the Auxiliary

Des – Volunteer transport

I have been volunteering every Monday and Tuesday with Calvary for 17 years and enjoy it so much, I would volunteer everyday if I could.  I have the pleasure of meeting so many different people – volunteers, patients and staff. Part of my role is transporting patients to appointments and

Ray and Brandi

Our patient Ray was delighted to receive a visit from Brandi during her first day as a new pet therapy volunteer. Dogs have always been part of Ray’s life, and after being in hospital for a week, he was overjoyed to spend some time with another furry friend. Brandi now

Bob – Just do it!

I have been a volunteer at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital since June 2004. My main aim is to help the nurses on St Catherine’s ward get on with their main job of looking after the patients, which they do brilliantly. So I help out by checking patient supplies and restocking

Hiacinta and Jean – Hearts in the chapel

Hiacinta, one of our Mission Volunteers, takes so much pride and care in her role in the Chapel at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital. Hiacinta comes in once a week to help set up the chapel for mass. “Hiacinta is a beautiful expression of humility in the work she does in

Poppy and Friday Canine Therapy

Recently, our patients in Jay and Lyon wards were visited by the newest members of our volunteer service at Calvary Wakefield Hospital – Friday, a highly trained Labrador and Poppy, her volunteer handler. There is a great deal of evidence that pets promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional and

Terrie – for my beautiful stepfather

I am a new volunteer, having started at Calvary Kogarah hospital’s Palliative Care in February of this year. As a newly qualified Counsellor with massage therapy training, I currently sit with patients on the palliative care ward and offer hand/foot massages and the option to talk about anything that might

Jan – Alice in Wonderland

After I have been with my patients for some time we know each other very well. I do all I can to lift their spirit as well as listen to their cares and worries. We usually talk first about what might be troubling them and then they often ask “What

David Brown – Living and Dying Well

David Brown has volunteered with Calvary Health Care Bethlehem hospital in Melbourne for more than five years. David volunteers at the Community Palliative Care Day Centre every Wednesday and assists patients and Music therapists with their Music Therapy sessions. How did you come to volunteer at Bethlehem? I was interested

Bronwen Coleman

Bronwen Coleman has been volunteering at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem hospital (Bethlehem) in Melbourne for the last 6 months. Bronwen is a trained actor who worked in film and TV in New York for 13 years appearing in Law and Order; and In the Academy award winning film Capote with

Jim Collins – patient transport

Jim volunteers as a patient driver at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem hospital. Bethlehem provides palliative care and specialist care for those with progressive neurological disease.   What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer? What I enjoy most is the interaction with patients and their carers learning about their

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 five 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