Volunteering is at the heart of Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

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

Our Volunteer activities cover both Patient & Visitor Services and Fundraising. The Fundraising entity is known as the Calvary Public Hospital Auxiliary. Volunteers can be active participants in either or both programs.

How you can help

Volunteers are matched to programs and activities that draw on their diverse range of skills, experience and interests.

Our volunteer activities have been affected in response to the COVID pandemic. Through 2021 we anticipate the gradual resumption of services.

Patient & Visitor Services activities include:

  • Administration
  • Assistance on the wards
  • Gardening
  • Guides to assist visitors
  • Hand and foot massage
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Library service
  • Meal assistance
  • Social visits
  • Support for mental health carers
  • Therapeutic activity groups
  • Welcome patients

We still welcome people to inquire about joining our Volunteers Team. You can commence that process  by calling our Volunteers manager on 6201 6646.

Calvary Public Hospital Auxiliary activities include:

  • Raffles
  • Craft and Plant Stalls
  • Book Fairs
  • Social events at Calvary Hospital
  • Tours and Shared interests outings

All moneys raised enable the Auxiliary to purchase items of comfort and care for patients of the Public Hospital, and to contribute to much needed equipment for patient services.
Volunteers need to be genuinely committed, work within their position description, and adhere to strict confidentiality guidelines.

Qualities we look 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 also need to be respectful of others values and beliefs.

All prospective volunteers have a selection interview and undertake a training and orientation program.

References and a Working with Vulnerable People check are required.

If successful in their application,  each volunteer receives induction into the role they will perform and on-going support from the Volunteer Services Manager.


  • To provide training to ensure volunteer workers have insight, knowledge and skills relating to a hospital environment.
  • To provide volunteer workers with the information required to work safely in a hospital environment.


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

  • Calvary’s Services
  • Rights and responsibilities of volunteers
  • Patient contact and role of the volunteer
  • 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 role boundaries
  • Duty of Care and how this applies to your voluntary activity
  • Safe Work Practices:  Infection Control, Manual Handling, Work Health and Safety, Universal precautions and Fire Safety.

Interested in volunteering at Calvary?

If you would like to speak to someone about volunteering at Calvary, please contact Leah Tomic-Lee, Volunteer Services Manager.

02 6201 6646

[email protected]

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:

[email protected]


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