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, residents, 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.


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

  • Calvary’s Services
  • Palliative and Aged Care Services
  • Patient / Resident 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

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Interested in volunteering at Calvary?

Please complete the application form below.

Volunteer at Calvary application form (82 kB)

Calvary Code of Conduct (729 kB)


Calvary Haydon

Caila Waring
Regional Community Engagement Manager

[email protected]

Calvary Bruce Private Hospital

Justine McCallum
Volunteer Coordinator
PO Box 254
Jamison Centre ACT 2614

02 6245 3100

[email protected]

Calvary John James Hospital

Samantha Thirkettle
Volunteer Coordinator
PO Box 131
Deakin West ACT 2600

02 6281 8112

[email protected]

Calvary Cessnock

Matthew Peel
Director of Mission

0439 922 241

[email protected]

Calvary Health Care Kogarah

Anne-Marie Traynor
Manager Volunteer Services

02 9553 3173

 [email protected]

 Volunteer at Calvary Health Care Kogarah

Calvary Aged Care services

For volunteering opportunities at Calvary Brighton-Le-Sands, Calvary CorymbiaCalvary Henley Manor or Calvary Ryde, please contact:

Caila Waring
Regional Community Engagement Manager

 [email protected]

Calvary Mater Newcastle

Kellie Goldsworthy
Director of Mission Integration

Locked Mail Bag 7
Hunter Region Mail Centre
NSW 2310

 02 4014 4733

 Volunteer at Calvary Mater Newcastle

Calvary Aged Care services

Matthew Peel
Director of Mission

0439 922 241

 [email protected]

Calvary St Paul’s Retirement Community

Matthew Peel
Director of Mission

 0439 922 241

 [email protected]

Calvary Riverina Hospital

Loretta Brinkman
Director of Mission Integration
26-36 Hardy Avenue
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

02 6925 3055

 [email protected] 

 Volunteer at Calvary Riverina Hospital

Calvary Hospitals in Adelaide include Calvary Central Districts Hospital, Calvary North Adelaide Hospital and Mary Potter Hospice and Calvary Adelaide

For details on volunteering opportunities with our Adelaide Hospitals:


Residential Aged Care

For opportunities at Calvary Flora McDonald or Calvary St Catherine’s:


Calvary Lenah Valley Hospital and Calvary St John’s Hospital

Volunteer Manager
PO Box 1523
Hobart TAS 7001

 03 6278 5020

[email protected]

 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

 [email protected]

 Volunteer at Calvary St Luke’s Hospital

 Volunteer at Calvary St Vincent’s Hospital

Calvary Health Care Bethlehem                          

Lindy Shaw

Volunteer Coordinator

476 Kooyong Road

Caulfield South VIC 3162

03 9834 9568