Becoming a volunteer at Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand, Nelson Marlborough 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 well-being of our patients and visitors.

If you would like to enquire about volunteering with us, please email [email protected]

“No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted”. – Aesop

Volunteer opportunities in 2022


We have a variety of roles available to you as a volunteer. While some roles are individual and to meet a specific purpose, we also several regular volunteer roles such as:

Shuttle 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.

Chaplaincy Assistant

We are seeking people who feel called to be trained as Voluntary Chaplaincy Assistants for Hospital Ministry, a ministry of presence and listening that provides pastoral, spiritual and religious care. They promote the dignity and value of each person irrespective of their faith and personal belief. Our chaplains visit the wards regularly and are available to patients, their whānau and staff facing challenging life issues.

Library 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.

Meals on Wheels

More than just a carrier of hot meals, Meals on Wheels drivers deliver independence to many elderly and disabled people and those recovering from illness or hospital treatment. But most importantly, the service provides much needed regular social contact for the Meals on Wheels recipients.

Allied Health Equipment Store

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.

Patient/Ward Support

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

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. This volunteer service is co-ordinated by St John, you can contact them toll free on 0800 780 780.


“Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless but because they are priceless”