Volunteering is at the heart of Calvary Health Care Bethlehem

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

The generosity of our volunteers and donors helps us keep alive the Vision of the Venerable Mary Potter and support the most vulnerable in our community.

Volunteers perform a vital role at Bethlehem and have been particularly missed during covid restrictions. In the video below staff give a shout out to our absent volunteers.

How you can help

Volunteers are matched to services that draw on their diverse range of skills and interests, including:

  • Companionship
  • Gardening
  • Administration Support
  • Editorial Support
  • Pet Therapy
  • Flower arranging
  • Hand and Foot massage
  • Patient Drivers
  • Outings to the garden
  • and currently developing a Volunteers in the home service with the Community Outreach Service

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 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? Our next Intake will recommence in Spring.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Bethlehem. We have recently been inundated with requests. Our next recruitment of volunteers will commence in Spring, 2021. We look forward to being in contact you later in the year. If you would like to speak to someone about the next intake, and volunteering at Bethlehem in the future, please contact Lindy Shaw, Volunteer Co-ordinator, or fill out the expression of Interest form in blue below:

03 9595 3279


How to apply

To apply to become a Calvary volunteer:

Review the Calvary Code of Conduct (729 kB)


Complete the Calvary Volunteer Application Form (82 kB)

Send completed form to:

Lindy Shaw
Volunteer Coordinator
152 Como Parade West
Parkdale VIC 3195