Volunteers

The rewards for our volunteers are as rich as the care they give to our patients, clients and residents

Volunteering is at the heart of Calvary

We are grateful to the wide range of volunteers who dedicate their time to enhance the care we offer our patients, their families, friends and the community.

Small business owners, home carers, police officers, teachers, managers, engineers, nurses, counsellors and retirees make up our number. Volunteers are matched to services that draw on their diverse range of skills and interests, including:

  • Companionship
  • Creative writing and memoirs
  • Flower arranging
  • Fundraising
  • Hairdressing
  • Hospitality in the kiosks
  • Manicures and gentle massage
  • Musical entertainment
  • Outings to the garden

Volunteers need to be genuinely committed and work within their position description, adhering to strict confidentiality guidelines.

Qualities looked for in a volunteer:

  • Reliable and responsible
  • Positive approach to life
  • Sensitivity and understanding
  • Tact and discretion
  • Non judgemental
  • Sense of humour
  • Team player

Volunteers need to be respectful of others values and beliefs.

All prospective volunteers have a selection interview and attend an orientation program. References and a police check are required.

Following the orientation program each volunteer receives induction into the role they will perform. Volunteers also attend mandatory training in fire safety, manual handling and infection control.

Aims

  • To provide training to ensure volunteer workers gain insight, knowledge and skills relating to Palliative and Aged Care Services.
  • To provide volunteer workers with the information required to work safely in a health care environment.

Training

Training includes an introduction to Calvary’s Mission, Vision and Philosophy and an overview of:

  • Calvary’s Services
  • Palliative and Aged Care Services
  • Patient contact and role of the volunteer
  • Development of effective communication skills when speaking  with patient and family members
  • Physical, emotional, social and spiritual issues that people can encounter when in hospital
  • Basic information about Grief, Loss and Bereavement
  • Role description and the boundaries of patient relationships for the volunteer worker
  • Rights and responsibilities of volunteering
  • Duty of Care and how this applies to your voluntary activity
  • Safe Work Practices: Manual Handling, Work Health and Safety, Universal precautions and Fire Safety

A Calvary Volunteer Story - Meet Chris and Val

Interested in volunteering at Calvary?

Please complete the application form below.

Volunteer at Calvary application form (82 kB)

Calvary Code of Conduct (729 kB)

If you would like to speak to someone about volunteering at Calvary, please contact:

Calvary Haydon Retirement Community

Peter Harvey
Volunteer Coordinator

 02 6264 7406

Peter.Harvey@calvarycare.org.au


Calvary John James Hospital

Samantha Thirkettle
Volunteer Co-ordinator
PO Box 131
Deakin West ACT 2600

02 6281 8112

 Samantha.Thirkettle@calvarycare.org.au

 Volunteer at John James Hospital


Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, Clare Holland House and Calvary Bruce Private Hospital

Leah Tomic-Lee
Volunteer Service Manager
PO Box 254
Jamison Centre ACT 2614

02 6201 6646

leah.tomic-lee@calvary-act.com.au

 Volunteer at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce or Clare Holland House

 Volunteer at Calvary Private Hospital Bruce

Calvary Cessnock Retirement Community

Therese Fitzgibbon
Volunteer Coordinator

02 4993 9129

Therese.Fitzgibbon@calvarycare.org.au

Calvary Health Care Kogarah

Anne-Marie Traynor
Manager Volunteer Services

02 9553 3173

 AnneMarie.Traynor@health.nsw.gov.au

 Volunteer at Calvary Health Care Kogarah


Calvary Ryde Retirement Community

Glen Renton
Pastoral Care and Volunteer Coordinator

02 8878 1441

Glen.Renton@calvarycare.org.au

Calvary Mater Newcastle

Mary Ringstad
Director of Mission

Locked Mail Bag 7
Hunter Region Mail Centre
NSW 2310

 02 4014 4733

 Volunteer at Calvary Mater Newcastle


Calvary Retirement Communities

Matthew Peel
Director of Mission

0439 922 241

 Matthew.Peel@calvarycare.org.au

Calvary St Paul’s Retirement Community

Matthew Peel
Director of Mission

 0439 922 241

 Matthew.Peel@calvarycare.org.au

Calvary Riverina Hospital

Ruth Morgan
Director of Mission
34 Hardy Avenue
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

02 6925 3055

 Ruth.Morgan@calvarycare.org.au 

 Volunteer at Calvary Riverina Hospital

Calvary Central Districts Hospital, Calvary North Adelaide Hospital, Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital, Calvary Wakefield Hospital and Mary Potter Hospice

Christine Grover
 Acting Manager Volunteer Service
89 Strangways Terrace
North Adelaide SA 5006

08 8239 9240

 Christine.grover@calvarycare.org.au

 Volunteer at Calvary Central Districts Hospital

 Volunteer at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital or Mary Potter Hospice

 Volunteer at Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital

 Volunteer at Calvary Wakefield Hospital

Calvary Lenah Valley Hospital and Calvary St John’s Hospital

Carolyn Whamond
Volunteer Manager
PO Box 1523
Hobart TAS 7001

 03 6278 5020

 Carolyn.whamond@calvarycare.org.au

 Volunteer at Calvary Lenah Valley Hospital

 Volunteer at Calvary St John’s Hospital

Calvary St Luke’s Hospital and Calvary St Vincent’s Hospital

Ed Van Galen
Director of Mission
PO Box 570
Launceston TAS 7250

 03 6335 3201

 Edward.VanGalen@calvarycare.org.au

 Volunteer at Calvary St Luke’s Hospital

 Volunteer at Calvary St Vincent’s Hospital

Calvary Health Care Bethlehem                          

Chris Limmer

Mission Coordinator
476 Kooyong Rd
South Caulfield VIC 3162

03 9595 3279

 chris.limmer@calvarycare.org.au

 Volunteer at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem

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