Hospital Volunteers

Duties vary to suit individual volunteers, some examples are:

  • Greet patients & visitors
  • Direct & assist people
  • Patient & staff support
  • Comfort and conversation
  • 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!


Thanks to a generous donor, the Foundation was able to purchase a Yamaha Baby Grand for the hospital atrium.  Volunteer musicians play every day, enhancing the overall well-being of people visiting and working in the hospital.  We also have a number of volunteer soloists who bring their own instruments 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 Paula Richards at:

Click here to see our Sewing and quilting patterns.

Street Appeal Collectors

Our next street appeal is on Saturday 5 October 2024. If you are able to spare two hours to collect for Te Wao Nui children’s hospital, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us for more information at

For more information, please contact Paula Richards 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, contact Paula Richards on (04) 806 2324 or email

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

Apply to be a Hospital Volunteer