Hospital Volunteers

Duties vary to suit individual volunteers, some examples are:

  • Greet patients & visitors
  • Direct & assist people
  • Patient & staff support
  • Comfort and conversation
  • Flower care
  • Library service
  • Serve in the Gift Shop
Event Volunteers

Event Volunteers assist us on a casual basis by supporting Foundation events as Street Appeal collectors, marshals, guides and at fun events like Very Welly Christmas. We’re always looking for extra helpers so please email us at if you’d like to join our casual volunteer group.  We’d love to hear from you!


The Community Trust of Wellington enabled the Foundation to purchase a beautiful baby grand piano for Wellington Hospital’s atrium. Volunteers play every day, to the great delight and comfort of patients and visitors. We also have a number Volunteer Soloists (e.g Violin, Harp, Guitar) who bring their own instrument and play for patients and families.

Emergency Department

We have volunteers in the Emergency Department 7 days a week between noon-9pm. Volunteers usually commit to a weekly 3 hour shift. Our Emergency Department volunteers assist patients and their families by providing comfort and care in emergency situations.

Quilters, Knitters and Sewers

Our quilters, knitters and sewers create a variety of items for Wellington Regional Hospital’s Delivery Suites, Neonatal Unit and District Nurses. If you are interested in quilting, knitting or sewing to support Wellington Hospitals Foundation, and Wellington Regional Hospitals please contact Sally Barton at:

Click here to see our Sewing and quilting patterns.

Street Appeal Collectors

Our next street appeal is on Friday 19 August 2022. If you are able to spare two hours on this day, and would like to help raise funds for Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us for more information at

For more information, please contact Sally Barton on (04) 806 2324 or

Time commitment

We have two types of volunteers. Our part-time volunteers come into hospital on a regular basis and commit to a weekly 3 hour shift.

We also like to hear from casual volunteers who are available a few times a year for events, or to help us with things like decorating the Hospital’s Christmas Trees, without having to make a long term commitment. If you would like to volunteer on a casual basis for events, contact Sally Barton on (04) 806 2324 or email

Please note you must be 18 years or over to volunteer.

Apply to be a Hospital Volunteer