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

Tracey – Barney’s smile

I recently joined the Calvary Kogarah hospital’s volunteer pet therapy program with our family groodle called ‘Barney’ who only just turned two years of age, so still just a youngster. Barney starts getting excited when he sees me putting on my blue volunteer top and then pin ‘his’ volunteer badge

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