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:
- Creative writing and memoirs
- Flower arranging
- 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.
View our newsletters here to find out what it is like to be part of the Calvary Volunteer community.
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
Interested in volunteering at Calvary?
Please complete the application form below.
If you would like to speak to someone about volunteering at Calvary, please contact:
Calvary Haydon Retirement Community
Calvary John James Hospital
PO Box 131
Deakin West ACT 2600
Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, Clare Holland House and Calvary Bruce Private Hospital
Volunteer Service Manager
PO Box 254
Jamison Centre ACT 2614
Calvary Hospitals in Adelaide include Calvry Central Districts Hospital, Calvary North Adelaide Hospital and Mary Potter Hospice, Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital, Calvary Wakefield Hospital and Calvary Adelaide Hospital (opening January 2019)
For details on volunteering opportunities with our Adelaide Hospitals please visit
Calvary Flora McDonald Retirement Community
Calvary St Catherine’s Retirement Community
Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator