St John’s mission is to prevent and relieve sickness and injury, and to act to enhance health and well-being of people of all races and creeds anywhere in New Zealand.
St John is a charitable organisation with a volunteer ethos. It operates independently of Government and business, and serves communities throughout New Zealand by delivering an extensive range of services and products in the health and health-related fields. These services and products include:
Hospital Friends provide comfort and support to patients and their families both in the emergency department and the ward.
In times of distress, people need more than treatment, they also need information and support. Because hospitals are often busy, staff do not always have time to give patients and their families the support and reassurance they’re looking for. That’s where St John Hospital Friends can make a difference.
Some of the tasks they carry out are:
It is hoped that all volunteers, no matter how large or small their commitment to St John will feel part of the St John team and enjoy all the support, friendship and sense of team that comes with that. You will be provided with all the resources and assistance available to help you do the best job possible. Hospital Friend volunteers will gain satisfaction from knowing they are helping people in their local community.
People who become Hospital Friends are community-minded individuals who understand the need for care and want to make a difference to someone’s life.
We provide training for people who are interested in becoming a volunteer. Generally, a Hospital Friend volunteer will have strong communication skills, a compassionate nature and an appreciation of different cultures.
Volunteers are generally required for around 4 hours per week or fortnight.
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.