Our volunteer programmes are based at Waikato and Thames hospitals. Other activities also take place at Te Kuiti, Taumarunui and Tokoroa hospitals and at our continuing care facilities in Te Awamutu (Matariki) and Morrinsville (Rhoda Read). The following is a small selection of the many different volunteer roles we offer at Waikato Hospital. We do not always have vacancies on our volunteer teams.
For further information please contact our Volunteer coordinator.
Hospital hosts provide direction, hospitality and information to patients and visitors.
They provide physical and wheelchair assistance to those people who find it difficult to reach clinics and wards.
Position description [PDF, 52 KB]
St John FEDS support the work of our staff in the Emergency Department by providing assistance and reassurance to patients. They offer a listening ear and practical help with tasks like phone calls, ensuring people are warm and comfortable, and being a valuable link to staff. St John FEDS are recruited through St John.
Please contact the Hamilton branch for application details.
Chaplaincy assistants work under the guidance of our hospital chaplains providing pastoral care to inpatients in wards and departments.
Please contact the Chaplain's Department, Waikato Hospital, for further information about being a chaplaincy assistant.
Our Waikids playroom is a licensed early childcare centre located on one of our children’s wards. Waikids volunteers assist staff in the provision of activities and learning opportunities for hospitalised children and help provide a safe and inviting child-friendly environment.
Position description [PDF, 85 KB]
Medical Records volunteers work in the filing areas of departments and assist staff with filing backlogs and other administrative tasks such as photocopying and culling old medical records.
Position description [PDF, 112 KB]
Transit Lounge volunteers support patients in our Transit Lounge by:
Chapel Helpers volunteer on Sunday mornings and help our patients get to our Sunday Chapel Service. They work with a team of others including Chapel support teams from other Churches.
Their main role is :
We are looking for volunteers who can play a good tune, something happy and joyful and enjoy playing for others.
If you would like to volunteer to play and are available on weekdays between 11am and 2pm, please register your interest here.
Volunteering is a wonderful way to help others by giving a small amount of time. Waikato and Thames hospitals offer a variety of volunteering opportunities.
Most of our positions require a weekly rostered time commitment of three to four hours. The majority of our positions are Mon-Fri and within the hours of 8.30am – 4pm.
Patients, families, visitors and staff must be able to depend on volunteers so we ask for a minimum commitment of at least three months.
Volunteers are asked to volunteer for no more than 16 hours a week. Most volunteers gift four hours of their time once or twice a week.
Volunteers usually take a three to four week break over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Other holidays and leave can be negotiated with the volunteer coordinator.
There are three easy steps to becoming a volunteer at Waikato or Thames hospitals:
- Contact our volunteer coordinator to discuss what opportunities are currently available. This is a good time to ask any questions you may have about volunteering and to discuss your availability
- Complete our application form
- Attend a training session and be orientated into your position by staff and / or another volunteer
Prior to commencing as a volunteer at Waikato DHB you will be invited to attend a training session.
This is usually a morning session lasting approximately three hours (depending on group size).
Our training covers such topics as:
Our volunteers are also expected to attend a fire training session.
- patient rights
- health and safety - infection control
- volunteer standards and expectations
- wayfinding around the hospital
- privacy and confidentiality
- emergency procedures - security
- event / incident reporting
- relevant hospital policy.
Other training opportunities come up throughout the year – these may include things like wheelchair and bed handling.
Yes. We need to be sure we are recruiting the right sort of volunteers to meet our needs and ensure our patients and visitors are safe.
We also do a referee and a police check.
Different volunteer positions have different requirements. Hospital hosts and our Waikids volunteers all wear a uniform supplied by us.
Volunteers supply their own black or navy pants and/or skirt. Shoes must be sensible and comfortable with at least a strap around the heel.
You are always clearly identified as a volunteer.
Volunteers are provided with free car-parking when volunteering at Waikato Hospital.
Our minimum age is 18. We do not have an upper age limit.
This depends on the role you are interested in.
Some of our positions require you to work with one or two other volunteers. Other positions require more staff interaction. Most of our positions require you to interact with our visitors and patients.
You will be joining a great team of wonderful volunteers. We offer:
- on going training and skill development
- certificates of recognition
- opportunities to get involved in campus activities
- social get-togethers.
Volunteering can offer new skills, experiences and friends, or help you get back into the workforce.
If you are interested in volunteering at Waikato or Thames hospital you can complete the Volunteering application form [PDF, 127 KB] and send it to the postal address provided below.
Ph: (07) 839 8899 ext. 98642
Private Bag 3200