Volunteering is at the heart of Calvary St John’s

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.

How you can help

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

  • Magazine distribution to patients
  • General assistance on wards
  • Meet and greet of patients and guests
  • Filing and archiving

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 Hospital 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
  • Hospital 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?

At Calvary we are grateful to the wide range of volunteers who dedicate their time to enhance the care we offer patients and visitors. We understand volunteering is an important part of participating in our community. It fosters connection and well-being in many ways. A volunteer is someone who freely gives their time to a not-for-profit organisation to help further its goals. Volunteers are unpaid, but, are highly regarded for the compassionate contribution they make to our community of care.

Patient centred care is at the heart of Calvary and all volunteer roles are designed with this focus. Volunteers actively participate in our community of care, positively contributing to patient recovery and support services. Volunteers are not engaged to assist staff with paid work and do not participate in hospital administration or other paid roles. All volunteer roles include patient and visitor contact.

All our volunteer roles require a commitment of four hours each week for at least 12 months. Work experience is not available through our volunteer program.

If you would like to obtain more information about volunteering at Calvary, please contact our Volunteer Manager.

 [email protected] 

How to apply

To apply to become a Calvary volunteer, please contact us through the email link above and we will get an application package to you to complete.