Becoming a volunteer at Nelson Marlborough Health is a good way to meet new people, make great friendships and lend a helping hand in your community.

Our volunteers do not replace professional services, but are there to enhance the comfort and wellbeing of our patients and visitors.

Volunteer opportunities

Below is a list of volunteer opportunities:

Nelson Hospital

Allied Health

If you are good at keeping track of things and have an eye for detail we need you in the Allied Health Equipment Store. This is where crutches, wheelchairs, shower stools and other equipment issued to patients during their rehabilitation is returned.

Library Assistant 400Library Assistant

Combine your love of books and visiting people as part of our library team.  We are looking for friendly faces to help take a trolley of books and magazines to various wards for patients to borrow.


A friendly face, a welcoming smile and a desire to help people are essential qualities for this role.
Wayfinders or Welcoming volunteers assist our patients and visitors to find their way around Nelson Hospital. 

Patient/Ward Support

Providing support and comfort to our patients and visitors is at the heart of this role.

Buggy Driver

We need drivers for our Shuttle Buggy at Nelson Hospital.  If you are fit and healthy, and enjoy assisting people, become part of the buggy team. 

Nikau House

If you can make people feel at ease, and have a warm, friendly face then you will fit right in at Nikau House.

As a Nikau House volunteer you will need to have a positive outlook and demonstrate respect and sensitivity at all times.

How to apply for a volunteer role

If you would like to become a volunteer, please complete this application pack and bring in the it in along with your identification

Volunteer Support
Board Office
Braemar Campus
Nelson Hospital

If you have a question regarding your volunteer application please email:

Other volunteer opportunities

Nelson Hospital shop (9am-4pm)

The Nelson Hospital shop is run by volunteers and profits are returned to the hospital by way of donations of equipment.

FED 2014If you’re interested in volunteering at the Nelson Hospital shop please call (03) 546 1568, or email for more information,

or visit the Nelson Hospital shop to collect the new volunteers form.


St John Friends of the Emergency Department

Our Friends of the Emergency Department (FED) volunteers and Hospital Friends provide comfort and support to patients and their families in hospital emergency departments, as well as other wards and units.

If you’re interested in volunteer work with Friends of the Emergency Department or Hospital Friends, call St John toll free on 0800 780 780 or complete the online request form.